Are you wondering how to pay for college or a trade school program? Here is one scholarship that may help. (And, don’t forget the Town of Fairplay Scholarship that we covered last week.) Next week, we will cover yet another scholarship, the First Annual Corporate Nate Carrigan Memorial Scholarship.

Sheriff Tom McGraw announced the County Sheriffs of Colorado Scholarship Program, which will award a scholarship to one qualified Park County student this year.

The CSOC awards scholarships to a student in each of the counties in Colorado, with half of the counties receiving scholarships in odd-numbered years and the other half in even-numbered years.

This year a Park County student will receive a $500 scholarship.

Sheriff McGraw explained, “This is the 39th year that County Sheriffs of Colorado has made such scholarships available. A scholarship will be awarded in more than thirty Colorado counties this year. “ Any course of study is permitted as long as the student will be attending a program in Colorado.

Who can apply?

“Any legal permanent resident of Park County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the State of Colorado as a full- or part-time student for the 2020-21 school year is eligible to apply.”

McGraw said that the committee will be looking for “hard working individuals, those who are in good standing in the community and solid students.”

There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee appointed by Sheriff McGraw, and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by the CSOC. These criteria includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.

“Applicants do not need to be honorary members of CSOC, but must reside in a county that participates in the program.

“Those who have received scholarships in previous years may apply again and be considered for an additional award.

“Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and eligible for admission or readmission to the school(s) or institution(s) of learning indicated in the application,” per the CSOC website.

How to apply

Go to the CSOC website, Click on the scholarships tab on the top of the home page, scroll down and click on the link for the application.

Applications can also be obtained at the Park County Sheriff’s Office. Fill out the application and return this to the PCSO, plus the additional documents requested.

In addition to the application, attach a personal letter stating your reasons for the scholarship application and plans for the future. Also, enclose your latest transcript (can be a copy); this must contain school name, courses and grades. Additionally, two letters of personal reference (one letter should preferably be a letter of recommendation from the principal, counselor or school department head.)

Applications are due in the Sheriff’s Office Feb 24, 2020.

Winners to be announced

There will be one winner and two runners-up selected, and the announcement of winners will be by May 5, 2020.

About the CSOC Scholarship

“CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the Sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. CSOC considers this an investment in the future and believes that our membership is helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society,” per the CSOC website.

More information

For more information, contact your local high school counselor, the Park County Sheriff’s Office or County Sheriffs of Colorado.

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