The Frederick County/Winchester Law Enforcement Foundation, with financial support from Selma Medical Associates, Inc., is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for young people living in Winchester or Frederick County, who are interested in a career in Law Enforcement. Recognizing the importance of encouraging minority community members to seek careers in Law Enforcement, preference will be given to minority students.
A one-time scholarship of up to $2,000 will be awarded to a student who is selected for the opportunity. The scholarship recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or other post-secondary institution, in a course of study that could be applied to a career in Law Enforcement. The funding may be used for books, tuition or other expenses, and will be awarded in August 2016.
“We recognize there is a divide between minority youth and police,” said Kevin Sanzenbacher, Winchester Police Chief. “We hope this scholarship will make college dreams a reality for deserving students in our area, and at the same time, increase the candidate pool for potential police officers in the future.”
The Winchester Police Department, City Councilman John Hill, and the local chapter of the NAACP, have been working together to improve minority relations in the community since 2014, following the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
The department has held several community events to engage with youth and create positive relationships with officers, including weekly Teen Nights at the Youth Development Center.
Applications for Law Enforcement Scholarship are available on the police department’s website – http://winchesterpolice.org/community-scholarships. The deadline to apply is July 29, 2016.