ST. LOUIS – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the launch of a $1 million “Missouri Blue Scholarship” fund on Friday.

The scholarship was established to help attract more Missourians to law enforcement careers and address officer shortages across the state.

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The “Missouri Blue Scholarship” pays $5,000 toward the cost of law enforcement academy in the state. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and Missouri residents who are attending or planning to enter a law enforcement academy.

For information on how to apply, click here.