The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) created the Criminal Justice Scholarship Program to assist students who are dependents of law enforcement officials or who are studying in the criminal justice field and express an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. The NCSA sponsors this scholarship program. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers the scholarship to the students within The University of North Carolina System. The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) administers the scholarship to the students attending private, non-profit colleges in North Carolina.
Current Applicant Prerequisites
Applicants must be a North Carolina resident enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours in a degree granting criminal justice program at one of the institutions of The University of North Carolina or the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Applicants must express an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement and must be recommended by their local sheriff. Selection of recipients is based on the following priorities:
- Priority 1: A child or step-child of a North Carolina Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff
- Priority 2: A child or step-child of any North Carolina law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty
- Priority 3: A child or step-child of a North Carolina Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff who is deceased or retired (regular or disability)
- Priority 4: An academically eligible North Carolina criminal justice student with demonstrated financial need (these applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA)
Value of Scholarship
Each Criminal Justice Scholarship is valued at $2,000 per year, $1,000 for the Fall semester and $1,000 for the Spring semester.
Application Process and Procedure
One nominee for the scholarship is chosen each year by the financial aid office at each eligible college or university, subject to approval by the NCSEAA or NCICU, and subject to continued funding by the Association. Applications must be approved and signed by the financial aid official at the college or university.
Complete the Criminal Justice Scholarship Application and submit to the qualifying college or university’s financial aid office along with:
- A signed statement (one-page) explaining the applicant’s interest in this scholarship and the applicant’s education and career goals. This also includes checking a box indicating the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
- An official copy of the applicant’s transcript.
- A letter of recommendation from the sheriff of the applicant’s county of residence. (The local sheriff must be a member of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association).
- Upon receipt of the applicant’s complete application, the financial aid office will submit the application to the NCSEAA or the NCICU for processing.