A law enforcement scholarship program is now available, according to Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen.

The Minnesota Sheriff's Association Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for awarding $2,000 scholarships for this year, Wolbersen said. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs in the state.

Scholarships are available to students who are enrolled in the mandated POST Skills Program, are in their second year of a two-year law enforcement program, or are in their third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program.

Members of MSA give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer's skills course, or the two-year 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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Sheriff Troy Wolbersen
Sheriff Troy Wolbersen

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

In selecting awards, the Scholarship Committee intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. It is the applicant's obligation to submit the application to the sheriff's office of their home county. Completed applications must be submitted no later than Nov. 19, 2021.

Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 28. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the sheriff's office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled 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.

In order 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 the Douglas County Sheriff's Office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.