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Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Thursday October 11th, 2018 :: 03:53 p.m. EDT


Criminal Justice Fellows Program seeks qualified candidates

This summer, the N.C. Criminal Justice Fellows Program (CJFP) was passed by the North Carolina legislature. The mission of the Criminal Justice Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors and graduates into the criminal justice profession. Each year this program will fund fellowships for high school seniors and graduates in eligible counties who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to serve the state of North Carolina in a field within the criminal justice profession.

The Criminal Justice Fellows Program will provide forgivable educational loans for high school seniors and graduates who agree to enter a criminal justice profession in an eligible county in North Carolina. This fellowship will fund an Applied Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or Committee approved related field of study, from any North Carolina Community College System school. Students who receive the educational loan would have 5 years to repay, though it would be forgiven if they enter and remain in a criminal justice profession within N.C. for four years in an eligible county. One-hundred fellowships will be awarded each year and the first class will begin in the fall of 2019. 
The application can be located on the Department of Justice website;


Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
198 N Washington St
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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