The Minnesota Sheriff's Association (MSA) gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending a peace officer skills course, or one of the 2 or 4 year law enforcement degree colleges. The MSA recognized the importance of pre entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. The MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.
The MSA Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Applications will be received until October 15th of each year, with scholarship awards being announced by December 31st of the same year. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Chisago 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 2 year law enforcement program; and/or
- In their 3 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 2 year program or 2 years of a 4 year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff's office or online. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota.