The Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2013 is once again available to students, announced Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen.

Jensen said that the Minnesota Sheriffs Association (MSA) board of directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15 scholarships of $600 each for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs of the state of Minnesota.

The members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two- or four-year law enforcement degree colleges.

"The board of directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform," said Sheriff Jensen. "MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically."

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 31.

Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office, 901 Houston Street NW, in Preston. You may also call the Sheriff's Office (507) 765-3874 and request that the application and instructions be mailed to you. They are also available online at www.mnsheriffs.org.

Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories: Mandated POST Skills Program; the second year of a two-year law enforcement program; the third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice program.