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Scholarship Now Available for CBC Students Interested in Law Enforcement Thanks to Partnership with Consejo Latino

Posted Date: March 5, 2021
Columbia Basin College
By: Jay Frank

PASCO, Wash. - Consejo Latino is partnering with Columbia Basin College Foundation to offer a scholarship for recent high school graduates seeking a career in local law enforcement.  The purpose is to prepare candidates for responsible, professional law enforcement careers with special attention given to expertise in mental health, substance abuse and Spanish language communication. The winning student will receive a $2,000 award, and the scholarship may be renewed for a second year with satisfactory student progress.

Applicants should:
  1. Be recent high school graduates from the Tri-Cities, Washington regional area.
  2. Intend to seek law enforcement positions in the Tri-Cities region
  3. Have familiarity with the area’s multicultural setting
  4. Agree to pursue relevant coursework as outlined below
  5. Demonstrate financial need
  6. Provide a one-page essay describing their career goals
  7. Provide two letters of recommendation

According to the Washington Employment Security Department, the area of Benton and Franklin counties offers police and Sheriff’s patrol officers an average annual salary of $86,239, with an average of 73 total annual job openings.

"Consejo Latino stands for responsible, respectful and professional community policing programs in multicultural areas.  This Scholarship helps to achieve safe and secure communities,” says Felix Vargas, Chair, Consejo Latino.

Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year open on March 1st and closes May 14, 2021 and can be found at

To learn more about CBC’s criminal justice program, visit the CBC Criminal Justice landing page.

For questions or for more information about supporting students through the CBC Foundation, contact foundationFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN or 509.547.0511.


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