The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association is accepting applications for a $1,000 dollar scholarship.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond:

Kevin Bond

16 will be awarded to criminal justice majors across the state.  The application deadline is January 31st.

Press Release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Kevin Bond is announcing the availability of the 2013 John Dennis Scholarship, which is awarded each year by the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association.

The scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 dollars each, will be presented to sixteen college-bound Missouri high school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or university as a CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR. This scholarship has been awarded to seniors from Pettis County twice in the past six years (Brandy Parker, Smithton HS – 2006; Kimberly Luedtke, Smith-Cotton HS – 2009; and Kimberlyn Rhoads, Smithton HS – 2012).

Applicants must be in good standing with their school, have a 2.0 GPA or greater, receive a good reference from their school counselor, demonstrate financial need, and be active in extra-curricular activities. Students submitting applications are required to include a short essay detailing their goals ten years following high school graduation. Recipients are chosen by a scholarship committee based on need and scholastic achievement.

Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2013.

This award was established to honor former Scott County Sheriff John Dennis. Sheriff Dennis served his county for 24 years and was elected president of the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association in 1963. He retired from the Office of Sheriff in 1976 following a successful campaign for the Missouri Senate seat in District 27 – a position he held until 1992.

In 1988, Dennis was presented a Distinguished Service Award, at which time the establishment of the John Dennis Scholarship Fund was announced. Since that time, the award has been given to Missouri students pursuing careers in the criminal justice field. In 2007, the scholarship awards were increased to $1,000 each.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship may obtain an application from their school counselor, on-line under the “Scholarship” tab at, or the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office at 319 South Lamine in Sedalia.

For more information contact Sheriff Kevin Bond at 660-827-0052 or, or Karen Logan at the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association and Training Academy, 6605 Business 50 West, Jefferson City, MO, 65109, phone 573-635-5925 extension 100, or