Current students or graduates of Allan Hancock College preparing for a career in investigative law enforcement may be eligible to apply for an Edwin O’Neill Law Enforcement Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship offered by the Allan Hancock College Foundation. This year, two O’Neill scholarships of $10,000 each are available.
O’Neill was a pioneer in methods of scientific detection in law enforcement in the 1930s and a longtime professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The annual scholarship, established by O’Neill as a legacy from his estate, is disbursed to the selected recipient(s) over two years.
Those who apply for the scholarship must meet the following qualifications:
§ Either be a current Allan Hancock College student planning to petition for graduation in spring 2014, or a graduate of Allan Hancock College with an A.S. or A.A. degree;
§ Either be applying and accepted to a four-year college for fall 2014, or be currently enrolled in a bachelor degree program in law enforcement; and
§ Be preparing for a career in one of the investigative branches of law enforcement working for county, state or federal government (examples of appropriate degrees: B.S./B.A. in criminal justice, forensic science, criminology, law enforcement or a similar program)
As designated by the bequest, those applying to or enrolled in B.A. programs in sociology, corrections, probation, parole or non-investigative law enforcement work are not eligible.
Applications for the O’Neill scholarship are now available at the Allan Hancock College Foundation, 936 S. College Dr. in Santa Maria. The deadline to submit a completed application is March 21, 2014.
Any questions should be directed to the foundation at (805) 925-2004 or toll free 1-866-DIAL AHC (342-5242) ext. 3647.