Sheriff's Office News Releases

Scholarship Program for Youth Sports Leagues

PUBLISHED:Tue April 26, 2016

Osceola County – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is offering scholarship opportunities for youth participating in sports leagues. The new program was established to provide financial assistance to participants who are unable to afford the fees due to financial hardship.

Any youth sport organization designated as a 501(c)(3) with a board of directors that elects a chairperson or president annually are eligible to apply. Youth meeting the following criteria will be considered: currently receiving free or reduced lunch, recognized by the Osceola County School District’s FIT program or provided services by the state foster care. Relatives or any employee of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is not eligible for the program.

Organizations interested in applying for the program should submit their application to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Based on availability, forfeiture funds will be used to cover the cost of program participation for children who qualify.

“Every child who wants to participate in sports activities should be given an opportunity regardless of their families financial situation. Extracurricular activities promote a healthy lifestyle, encourage teamwork and build self-esteem. We see this as a positive alternative to criminal activity,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell.

The Sheriff’s Office will begin accepting applications on May 16, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is July 1, 2016. Applications can be obtained at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office or by clicking here. Scholarships will be awarded by August 1, 2016.