The Crow Wing County and Cass County sheriff's offices each announced applications are being accepted for the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2019.

The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association board of directors established a scholarship fund to award up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year thanks to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriff offices in Minnesota.

Association members give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two- or four-year law enforcement degree colleges.

The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice, and that some students need outside help to meet the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

In making its selection of awards, the scholarship committee intends to achieve representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 28.

Scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

  • Mandated post-secondary education skills program.

  • In their second year of a two-year law enforcement program.

  • In their third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program.

To qualify, 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 invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff’s office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.