The Minnesota Sheriff's Association is offering up to 15 separate $600 scholarships this year through its Law Enforcement Scholarship Program, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander recently announced.

The scholarships are available through the coordinated efforts of Minnesota's 87 sheriffs.

To qualify, students must be currently enrolled in a peace officer (POST Skills) program, or be in their second year of a two-year law enforcement program or third or fourth year of a four-year program.

In a press release, Glander said the Minnesota Sheriff's Association's Board of Directors, "feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform."

He added that the association recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice, and also recognizes that some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training.

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The association's scholarship committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state.

Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 16 and awards will be announced by Dec. 28. Application forms and more information are available at the Becker County Sheriff's Office, or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.