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Sheriff's scholarship announced

Sheriff Michael D. Carr of Wadena County announced the commencement of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Program for 2009. Carr said the MSA has established a scholarship fund totaling $9,000, for the awarding of up to 15 scholarships of $600 for this year. This is possible due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs in Minnesota.

The scholarship committee, in making its seleciton of awards, intends to achieve representation from all geographical areas of the state. Applications will be received until Nov. 1, with scholarships being awarded by Dec. 31 of the same year. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three 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 college 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. Students meeting this criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from the sheriff's office or online at and to actively participate in the competition.