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Download the scholarship application. The application deadline is generally in April of the award year. Check with your local Sheriff's Office for a specific date. Scholarships are awarded before the end of May.

►The essay topic for the 2014 application: "Has your parent/guardian motivated you towards a law enforcement or corrections career? If so, in what way? If not, who or what has motivated you?"

►Review background on previous winners: 2014 FSA Scholarship winners

Contact Patti Brigance for more details.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler congratulates a 2013 winner, Greg Castelli, son of Deputy Christopher Castelli.

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.

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