Criminal Justice Students at Virginia Colleges Can Apply for Scholarship

The scholarship application period for 2011 is now closed. The 2012 scholarship application process will be announced in January.

Are you currently or will you be enrolled in a Virginia college or university? Are you pursuing a degree in the field of criminal justice? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then you are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute (VSI) Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available to both full- and part-time students.

As part of the application process, Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry must submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. To obtain a letter of recommendation, please contact Lieutenant Sonny Cachuela at or call 703-246-3251.

For more information on the VSI Scholarship Program or to download the application, go to

Founded in 1981, the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute is a nonprofit professional and educational organization. In May 2010, the VSI Scholarship Committee awarded 59 full-time scholarships at $500 each and two part-time scholarships at $250 each, for a total of $30,000. The number and amount of scholarships awarded each year vary depending on the number of eligible students and the amount of money that is raised.

Sheriff Barry is a member of the VSI and participates in the scholarship fundraising efforts.

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