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Sheriff's office offers law enforcement scholarships

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen has announced the commencement of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association (MSA) Scholarship Program for 2010.

Wolbersen said the MSA has established a scholarship fund totaling $9,000 to award up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year. This is possible due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs of the state of Minnesota.

The members of the MSA give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the mandated peace officer skills course or two- or four-year law enforcement degree school.

The MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training to the accomplishment of these requisites. It also recognizes that some candidates 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 to achieve representation from all geographical areas of the state.

Applications will be received until October 15 of each year, with scholarships being announced by December 31.

Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Douglas County sheriff's office. Scholarships are only available to students in one of the following three categories: mandated post skills program, in their second year of a two-year law enforcement program, or in their third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice course.

Students must have completed at least one year of a two-year program or two years of a four-year program. They should obtain a scholarship application form from the sheriff's office or online at www.mnsheriffs

.org and to actively participate in the competition.