The Minnesota Sheriff's Association Board of Directors established a scholarship fund for students attending the peace officer skills course, or a two or four-year law enforcement degree.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase, there will be 15 - $600 for 2018.

"The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform,” said Sheriff Kaase.

MSA recognizes 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 intends to represent each geographical areas of the state, and the scholarship awards will be announced by December 28th. Application forms are available along with a statement of procedures at the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office in Preston. Students applying for this scholarship must be enrolled in one of 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 Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org .