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Cass County Sheriff announces scholarship program

Scholarship awards for law enforcement students will be announced by Dec. 28. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

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WALKER — Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch announced Tuesday, Aug. 30, the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2022.

In a news release, Burch said the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 20 scholarships of $2,000 for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs of the state of Minnesota.

Members of the sheriffs’ 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,” Burch said in the news release.

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

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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:

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

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