Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Announces Scholarships

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2023-2024 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books, and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois, full-time. Online learning is acceptable.

Sheriff Michael Downey will be awarding two (2) $500 scholarships.

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:

  • Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
  • Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2023-2024 school year (excluding summer session).

Applications are now available at the Timothy Bukowski Safety Center located at 3000 S. Justice Way Kankakee or on the ISA Website  Students must complete the application, answer the essay question, and return all documentation to:

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Scholarship Applications
3000 South Justice Way
Kankakee, IL 60901-8262

All applications by March 15, 2023 (must be postmarked by this date). A directory of Sheriffs offices is available on the ISA website at  For more information, please contact the Kankakee County Sheriff’s office at 815 802-7104, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center, or college financial aid office.

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