College Scholarship Opportunity for Criminal Justice Majors

January 28, 2013

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 email Lt. Steve Elbert or call him at 703-246-3251. The deadline to request the recommendation letter is April 12, 2013.

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

Founded in 1981, the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute is a non-profit professional and educational organization. Last year, the VSI Scholarship Committee awarded 63 scholarships for a total of more than $30,000. There are $500 scholarships available for full-time students and $250 scholarships available for part-time students. 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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