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Scholarships

Kasey Starling is joined by her father, HCSO Lt. William Starling, and Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton, as she receives her FSA scholarship.

About the Program

Don't Wait,
Plan Ahead!

►The 2016 scholarship application deadline was February 17, 2016. Scholarships are awarded before the end of May.

►The essay topic for the 2016 FSA/Motorola application was: "What attracted you to your intended STEM field of study and what are your professional goals?"

►Review background on previous winners: 2015 FSA Scholarship winners

Contact Patti Brigance for more details.

Since 1993, the Florida Sheriffs Association has offered a limited number of college scholarships to eligible dependent sons and daughters of full-time Sheriff's Office employees. The dependent must be attending a regionally accredited community college, college or university (i.e., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), in the school term to begin in the Fall semester. The dependent’s career objective and degree must be focused in the area of law enforcement, law, corrections or another aspect of criminal justice. Unrelated course majors are not eligible.

Scholarship Evaluation

Students will be reviewed on three components: application, essay and reference letters. When evaluating each application, FSA will review and weigh the volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, extenuating circumstances and stated career path of the student. FSA will review the essay to determine if it stays on topic, is well organized and retains the reader's attention. A student's application and essay will have the most influence on the scholarship award.

Applicants must also submit letters of recommendation from three different individuals: a school or community official, a law enforcement or a corrections official and another non-related person of the student's choice. Each reference letter will also be considered to determine the level of confidence the letter writer has in the applicant’s ability to succeed in the field of criminal justice, law enforcement and/or corrections.

2016 Scholarships

NEW: FSA/Motorola Solutions Foundation College Scholarships
The FSA/Motorola Solutions Foundation College scholarships, worth $2,000 apiece, are for students planning to pursue a career in a STEM related field who is an eligible dependent son or daughter of a full-time Sheriff's Office employee.

Essay Topic:
"What attracted you to your intended STEM field of study and what are your professional goals?"

Deadline:
The application window for the 2016 FSA/Motorola Solutions Foundation College scholarships is now closed. Scholarships will be awarded before the end of May. 


FSA Scholarships
The FSA is now accepting applications for at least seven separate, worth $1,000 apiece, FSA scholarships for the school term beginning in Fall 2016. More information will be available in late March. See the 2015 scholarship winners.

Who is Eligible
This program is open to any dependent son or daughter of a full-time sheriffs office employee. The dependent must be attending a regionally accredited community college, college or university (i.e., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), in the school term to begin in the Fall, 2016. The dependent's career objective and degree must be focused towards law enforcement, law, corrections, or another aspect of criminal justice. Unrelated course majors are not eligible.

Essay Topic:
"Has your parent/guardian motivated you towards a law enforcement/con-ections career"

Deadline:
FSA scholarship applications must be received at FSA headquarters no later than April 26, 2016.

Application Materials
In addition to your completed application, applicants must attach a copy of their most recent transcript (high school or college), an original essay on the topic above, three letters of recommendation and a high resolution color photo. Download the application package for more information.

For more information:
Contact Patti Brigance: (850) 877-2165

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