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Minnesota Sheriff's Association offers scholarships

Sheriffs in the lakes area announced the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2015. The Minnesota Sheriff's Association (MSA) Board of Directors established a scholarship fund to award up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarshi...

Sheriffs in the lakes area announced the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2015.

The Minnesota Sheriff's Association (MSA) Board of Directors established a scholarship fund to award up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs in Minnesota.

MSA members give 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.

MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 31.

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Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Crow Wing or Cass County sheriff's office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

• Mandated POST 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 online at www.mnsheriffs.org or from their local sheriff's office.

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