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Brian Klinefelter Family & Law Enforcement Scholarships*

These scholarships were set up to honor Officer Brian Klinefelter, who dedicated his life to his family and community. Brian died in the line of duty near St. Joseph, Minnesota in 1996; leaving behind a daughter, wife, parents, and siblings. The family started this fund because shortly after Brian died, the community rallied around the family to make sure Brian’s daughter would eventually be able to go to college. The family felt it fitting to start the Brian Klinefelter Family Scholarship to assist the children of law enforcement officers, paramedics, or firefighters in their pursuit of higher education.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Two or four year college

Brian Klinefelter Family Scholarship: 1 - $1,000

  • Dependent student of local, county, state or federal law enforcement, firefighter or paramedic personnel
  • From the following counties: Sherburne, Benton, Morrison, Stearns, Douglas, Todd, Wright, Meeker, Kandiyohi or Pope

Brian Klinefelter Scholarship: Law Enforcement at Alexandria Technical and Community College: 1 - $1,000

  • Law Enforcement program at Alexandria Technical and Community College.
  • High school seniors or alma maters of Annandale, Apollo, Area Learning Center, Cathedral, Elk River, Foley, Holdingford, Melrose, Monticello, Sartell, Sauk Centre, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud Christian School, St. John’s Prep, and Technical High School

Sartell Police Association and Brian Klinefelter Law Enforcement Scholarship: 1- $500

  • High school senior going into law enforcement at any post-secondary school.
  • From Stearns County: Preference for students from Sartell and then St. Cloud School District with Stearns County residence.

Renewable: No

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1

Scholarship Application Process: Online applications only.

Items you will need to complete the online application:

  • Application General Questions
  • Essay: 1 page double spaced:
    • FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP: What have you learned from your family member who has served as a police officer, paramedic or firefighter. Also, share a situation where you demonstrated your leadership abilities and how it impacted others.
    • LAW ENFORCEMENT: address all 3 of the questions. 1) Why have you selected law enforcement as a career? 2) What qualities do you have that will help you excel in a career in law enforcement? 3) Within law enforcement, what area of expertise do you see yourself working in and why?
  • Statement of Need and Responsibility: Briefly share a personal, life, or family circumstance affecting your need for this scholarship.
  • List of Activities for: 1) Community Service i.e. civic and church volunteer activities 2) Extracurricular School Activities i.e. school activities that are not graded 3) Work Experience
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation need to be from non-family members. Letters will need to be in PDF format.
  • Electronic Transcript:
    • High School Students: You must enter your guidance officer’s email address into the application at least 5 days prior to the deadline. This will allow your guidance officer to add your transcript to the application prior to the deadline.
    • College Students:Must obtain a transcript from the college registrar office and upload as a PDF.Unofficial transcripts are acceptable if they are signed by the registrar’s office.

Other Notes: None

Dates to Remember:

  • May: Recipients will be notified via email in early May.
  • June 15: Recipients must sign their scholarship agreement and provide college information.CommunityGiving will verify that you are enrolled as a full-time student at the college.(Full-time enrollment is typically 12-16 credits)
  • June: Inform your college that you have received the scholarship.
  • September 1: First payment of 50% will arrive at your college.
  • January 10: Second payment of 50% will arrive at your college.


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