Sheriff Tom Burch of Cass County recently announced the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2020.

Burch announced the Minnesota Sheriffs Association Board of Directors established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs of the state of Minnesota, a news release stated.

The members of the association 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 board of directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform,” stated Burch in the release.

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. 28. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories: in a mandated Minnesota Police Officer Standard Training 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 \u0009program.

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 their local sheriff’s office or online at mnsheriffs.org.