Law Enforcement Scholarship Program Funds Available – Bemidji Pioneer

The Minnesota Sheriffs Association Board of Directors has established a law enforcement scholarship program fund for up to 20 recipients and $2,000 in scholarships for each recipient, according to a statement from Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch.

These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of 87 Minnesota Sheriffs. MSA members give special recognition to the financial need of students taking the Peace Officer Skills Course or one of the two or four year colleges leading to a law enforcement degree, depending on the communicated.

“The Board of Directors believes that peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform,” Sheriff Burch said in the statement.

MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for individuals considering law enforcement as a career choice. The MSA recognizes that some students need outside help to meet the costs of such training, even if they excel academically.

The scholarship committee intends to obtain representation from all geographic areas of Minnesota. Scholarships will be announced by Wednesday, December 28.

Application forms and a statement of procedures are available from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The scholarships are only available to currently enrolled students in one of the following three categories:

  1. Mandated POST Skills Program
  2. In their second year of a two-year law enforcement program.
  3. In their third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program.

To be eligible, students must have completed at least one year of the two-year program or two years of a four-year program. Students meeting these criteria are encouraged to obtain a scholarship application form from the local sheriff’s office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.

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