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Applicants sought for state sheriffs' scholarship funds

Otter Tail County Sheriff Brian Schlueter announced recently that the Minnesota Sheriff's Association is again accepting application for the group's 2010 scholarship program.

The group has established a scholarship fund totaling $9,000. This year they will also be able to award up to 15 of the $600 scholarships. This is all due to the efforts of the 87 sheriffs in Minnesota.

The members of the Minnesota Sheriff's Association give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the mandated peace officers skills course or two/or four year law enforcement degree schools.

The policy adopted by the MSA indicated it was their feeling that enforcement of the law in a democratic society is a complex task. The ability of a peace officer to render effective service responsive to the public's needs depends heavily upon job knowledge and skills.

The MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training to the accomplishment of these prerequisites. It also recognizes that some candidates need outside help in meeting the costs of such training even through they excel academically. To that end the association stands ready to offer financial assistance in the form of these scholarships, as funds will allow.

The scholarship committee, in making its selection of awards intends to achieve representation from all geographical areas of the state.

Applications will be received until October 15 of each year with scholarships being announced by December 31 of the same year.

Application forms and a statement of the procedures are available at the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the three following categories:

• Mandated post skills program.

• In their second year of a two-year law enforcement program.

• In their third or fourth year of a four-year criminal justice course.

In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of a two-year program or two years of a four-year program.