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Morrison County sheriff announces Minn. Sheriff's Association scholarships available

Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen announced the commencement of a law enforcement scholarship program for 2018. The Minnesota Sheriff's Association established a scholarship fund for awarding up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year. These sch...

Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen announced the commencement of a law enforcement scholarship program for 2018.

The Minnesota Sheriff's Association established a scholarship fund for awarding up to 15 $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of all 87 sheriffs in the state of Minnesota, a news release stated.

The scholarships will assist with financial needs of students attending a peace officer skills course, or one of the two- or four-year law enforcement degree colleges across the state.

"The board of directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform," Larsen stated in the release. "MSA recognized the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students 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 on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 30. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Morrison County Sheriff's Office. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 12.

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

• Mandated POST Skills Program,

• Second year of a two-year law enforcement program, or

• Third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program.

To qualify, students must have completed at least one year of their two-year program, or two years of a four-year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application from the sheriff's office, or online at www.mnsheriffs.org .

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