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The college scholarship program has been established by the Youth Assistance Foundation Board of Directors to assist outstanding members of the MCSO Explorer Scout Post #2502 in furthering their education in preparation for a career as a sworn police officer or detention officer. The scholarship is awarded twice each year, in July for the fall Semester and November for the winter semester. The funds are directed to defer the cost of tuition, fees and text books with applicants meeting strict selection requirements. Offering the scholarship is also a recruiting tool for the Explorer Scout Post.