Each year, the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association offers 16 scholarships of $1,000 each to college-bound Missouri high school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or university.

This award was established in honor of former Scott County Sheriff John Dennis. Dennis served his county for 24 years and was elected president of the MSA in 1963. After retiring from the office of sheriff in 1976, he held the elected position of Missouri state senator representing District 24. He retired from state government in 1992. In 1988, Dennis was presented a Distinguished Service Award at which time the establishment of the John Dennis Scholarship Fund was announced.

The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant from each of the 16 zones in Missouri. Any student interested in applying can visit the MSA website at www.mosheriffs.com and follow the scholarship link to learn more. For more information, contact Karen Logan at karen@mosheriffs.com. The applications must be received no later than Jan. 31.