VCSO to offer nearly $6,200 in scholarships

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This year, high school seniors will have the chance to apply for a scholarship from the Valencia County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office raised about $6,200 after participating in a golf tournament hosted by the New Mexico Sheriff's Association.

The scholarships will go to high school students at Valencia, Los Lunas and Belen high schools.

Local alternative students could also be eligible for scholarships.

The tournament, held at the Red Hawk Golf Club in Las Cruces, was a part of an annual conference where law enforcement can attend training.

Deputies raised money over a few months from local Valencia County businesses.

The Valencia County Sheriff's Office raised more money than all of the other agencies who attended.

"Everything that we collected goes to Valencia County kids," said Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard.

The New Mexico Sheriff's Association is an organization who typically raises enough money for 30 to 40 scholarships per year that range anywhere from $500 to $3,000.

More than 40 law enforcement agencies attended this year's event.

It's our way of doing something that is community-oriented," Burkhard said. "I think anytime we can help our kids is a good thing."


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