Sheriff Glendell Hill announces each year when applications are being accepted for the Virginia Sheriffs’ Scholarship program. This scholarship was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an educational curriculum in criminal justice. Accordingly, the Board of Directors has established the application process for students to receive scholarships to assist in their educational endeavors. The scholarships are available only to students in jurisdictions where sheriffs participated in the scholarship fund raising efforts. This program is limited to students attending Virginia colleges and universities.
Scholarship Program Policies
a. Students must be a permanent resident in a Virginia county or city where their sheriff is a member of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI) and has authorized VSI to conduct mailings to raise funds for the scholarship program.
b. Students, 18 and older, must be registered Virginia voters and provided a copy of their voter registration card.
c. Students under 18 are required to provide a picture ID with their home address, providing proof of residency.
2. Applications will be made available to the sheriff’s offices by February 6, 2017. Applications can also be found on the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Website. The address is:
3. Scholarships should be turned into the individual sheriff’s office in your home county/region (not college or university you plan to attend) for consideration of a letter of support. (Deadlines for letters of support may vary; please check with your sheriff.) For Prince William County residents the deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017.
4. For Prince William County Residents, please do not send the application directly to the VSI Office. Sheriff Hill will attach his recommendation after consideration on April 14th and then send it forward to the VSI Office.
5. Applications must be received in the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Office by May 1, 2017. Postmarks later than May 1st will not be accepted. However, applications will be accepted if faxed or e-mailed on May 1st. The deadline will be adhered to.
6. Two types of scholarships will be awarded, scholarships for FULL-TIME students and scholarships for PART-TIME students. (Multiple students may qualify for awards.)
7. Only majors in the criminal justice field will qualify for a scholarship. Those majoring in law or pursuing a career as a lawyer will not be considered a criminal justice major.
8. Only students attending a Virginia college or University will be considered.
9. Applicants must be complete or the student will not be considered. This includes a letter of support from the individual sheriff from your home region.
10. Certificates of award will be mailed to the individual sheriff’s office by the end of May 2017.
11. Upon verification by the students of chosen college/major, checks will be made to payable to the educational institution indicated. College or University student IDs will be required to issue a scholarship check.
12. Letters of rejection will be mailed to students directly from VSI office.
To access the online scholarship application, please click Scholarship-Application
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Note: Letter of recommendation from Sheriff Hill will be attached to your application after you submit your application to Sheriff's Office, prior to submittal to Virginia Sheriff's Institute.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
Zachary Adams- Forest Park HS (2014); attending Longwood University
Nicole Bill- Osbourn Park HS (2016); attending James Madison University
Stephen Bill- Osbourn Park HS (2014); attending Radford University
Dakia Chaney- Gar-Field HS (2014); attending Virginia Commonwealth University
Matthew Critchley- Forest Park HS (2015); attending Virginia Commonwealth University
Zachary Endy- Forest Park HS (2013); attending George Mason University
Jessica LaFarree- Gar-Field HS (2016); attending University of Virginia
Mary McDonald- Potomac HS (2016); attending George Mason University
Melissa Sanchez - Woodbridge HS (2013); attending Averett University