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.
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.