Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg | Provided Photo

The Lake County sheriff says applications are now open for scholarship money distributed through the sheriffs’ association to help college students offset their expenses.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2024-2025 academic year.

The scholarships are to be applied only to tuition, books and fees.

The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois. Online learning is acceptable.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said he will be awarding two scholarships in the amount of $500 for each recipient.

There will be no restrictions on applicants by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin.

The only limitations include applications must be permanent Illinois residents and scholarships must be used at institutions of higher learning within the state.

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“It is an honor partnering with the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association to give back to the community! I look forward every year to having the opportunity to award two students $500, to offset some schooling expenses,” Idleburg said.

Applications are now available at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and on the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association website.

Students must complete the application, answer the essay question and return all documentation to the sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15.