High school seniors can earn up to $4,000 to pursue a career in criminal justice through the Deputy David Lee Steenwyk Scholarship. Applications are now available and due by March 6th, 2015. The scholarship, named after Deputy David Lee Steenwyk, was established in 2005 by the Ottawa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Deputy Steenwyk was employed for over 25 years with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office working as a corrections deputy and a road patrol deputy during his service. Steenwyk tragically passed away from a brain aneurysm before he could retire. The scholarship is awarded annually in $1,000 increments and is renewable up to four years.
Ottawa County high school seniors majoring in criminal justice who are accepted into a two or four year college are encouraged to apply. Along with the application and required documentation, students must write an essay on why they are applying for the scholarship, career plans, general personal background and any other information the applicant feels is important. Applications are reviewed by a committee from the Ottawa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Finalists are interviewed by the committee and more than one student may be selected if funding is available. Individuals with questions should contact Deputy David Prout at 616-638-7812.