Applications are now being accepted for the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program.

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen announced that the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association board of directors has established a scholarship fund for awarding $600 scholarships for this year.

The scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs in Minnesota.

Special recognition will be given to the financial needs of students attending peace officer’s skills course, or the two- or four-year law enforcement degree colleges.

“The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association knows peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform,” said Wolbersen.

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

In making its selection of awards, the scholarship committee intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Applicants must apply to the sheriff’s office of their home county.

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

  • Mandated Peace Officer Standards and Training 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

Applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 16. Scholarships will be announced by Dec. 28.

Forms and a statement of procedure are available at each county sheriff’s office. In Douglas County, forms can be picked up at 216 Seventh Avenue West in Alexandria. Forms are also available online at www.mnsheriffs.org.