Scholarship Program

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Sheriff E. C. Harris
Suffolk Sheriff's Office
150 N. Main Street
Suffolk, VA  23434
757-514-7853 – Fax

 January 17, 2023

Suffolk Sheriff’s Scholarship Awarded

          Since 1994, the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute have awarded seventy-two scholarships totaling $56,300 to students residing in the City of Suffolk.  This is an annual scholarship program available to students that are majoring in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement related studies.  For further information, you may contact the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office at 757-514-7840.

Scholarship Applications will be available on the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute website on January 31, 2023. 



 Sheriff E.C. Harris and the staff of the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office are excited to announce the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship will be available for application January 31, 2023. The Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship focuses on rewarding upstanding students that are Virginia-based, Criminal Justice majors with scholarships. 


 The purpose of this scholarship is to aid in the furthering of education of full-time and part- time students majoring in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement in the State of Virginia. “In order for the Criminal Justice System to grow and evolve, our future officers, agents, and analysts should have every chance they can to further their education. This scholarship will help aid students in their educational goals and dreams.” –Sheriff E.C. Harris.


There are criteria that must be met in order to receive the scholarship. The Virginia Sheriff’s Institute has detailed information about the scholarship qualifications and a checklist on their website: The following items are just a few of the scholarship requirements: 


 Letter of Recommendation from the current Sheriff of your designated city/county. 

 Must be a Criminal Justice Major – Pre-law/Law does not qualify

 Must be enrolled in a Virginia College/University

 Applications must be completed and signed online

For more detailed information about the application process you can visit the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute’s website ( 


The application deadline is May 1, 2023.

Click HERE to read the scholarship policies and application checklist. Click HERE to access the scholarship sign up page!
 The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected class.
  Date posted: January 17, 2023