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2020-2021 NCSA Annual Scholarship Awards

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association announces the awarding of Spring Criminal Justice Scholarships to the following students across North Carolina. Scholarships valued at $1,000 per semester, $2,000 per year, are awarded for the Spring and Fall semester during the 2020-2021 year:

Name College
Stephen Day Appalachian State University
Nicole Munson East Carolina University
Janetta Kenon North Carolina A&T State University
Jessica Willis North Carolina State University
De’Nasia Daniels North Carolina Central University
Pennda Arami The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Mackensie Scott The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Brianna Wilkins Western Carolina University

The Sheriffs of North Carolina feel that the scholarship program sponsored by their Association will assist many prospective personnel for Sheriff’s Offices as well as other law enforcement agencies across the State.

The Sheriffs of North Carolina are extremely pleased to be able to make these awards available to students. The monies for these scholarships are made possible through membership dues paid by the Honorary Citizen and Business Members of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.

Eligibility: Twelve scholarships are offered each year to full-time North Carolina resident undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice, one for each UNC constituent institution that has a criminal justice program.

First priority in selection is given to the child or step-child of a North Carolina Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff. Second priority is given to a child or step-child of a North Carolina law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Third priority is given to a child or step-child of a North Carolina Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff who is deceased or retired (regular or disability). Fourth priority is given to an academically eligible North Carolina criminal justice student with demonstrated financial need.

The state institutions eligible to participate in the criminal justice program are: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Western Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University.

Value: These scholarships are valued at $1,000 per semester for the Spring/Fall semester.

Application Procedure: Recipients of the scholarship are chosen by the financial aid office at the constituent institution of the University of North Carolina that the student plans to attend or is currently attending. The student must obtain a letter of recommendation from the Sheriff of the county in North Carolina where he or she resides. Applications are available from the school’s financial aid office, and after completion, should be returned to the school’s financial aid office.

To assist NCSA in providing scholarships like those listed above, consider becoming an Honorary Member of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association today!

Administrative Assistant – Criminal Justice Programs

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Administrative Assistant – Criminal Justice Programs is responsible for drafting and editing documents, performing clerical functions, and supporting Criminal Justice Programs administered by North Carolina Sheriff’s Association including Statewide Misdemeanant Confinement. The Administrative Assistant – Criminal Justice Programs is also responsible for supporting Criminal Justice Programs training by preparing materials, managing registration, and coordinating the onsite requirements for class facilitation. The Administrative Assistant – Criminal Justice Programs reports to the Director – Criminal Justice Programs.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Statewide Misdemeanant Confinement Program
    • Provides SMCP support to accurately enter data and process forms in the SMCP records database
    • Provides general administrative support to the Statewide Misdemeanant Confinement Program (SMCP) and other projects, as assigned
    • Responds promptly and professionally to telephone and email inquiries about the program
    • Assists the SMCP Coordinator with drafting and editing the monthly SMCP Reports
    • Sends monthly emails to SMCP Jail and Financial Points of Contact detailing reimbursement adjustments
    • Travels to and works onsite at SMCP training classes to assists with logistics; sets-up and prepares meeting rooms including basic A/V equipment set-up
    • Assists with the preparation of material for SMCP training classes; drafts and edits material; compiles training and course materials
    • Maintains a professional working relationship with jail administrators, detention officers, county finance managers, and other county and state personnel involved with the Statewide Misdemeanant Confinement Program
    • Assists the Director in the preparation of responses regarding the SMCP from external agencies, boards, and commissions
  • Criminal Justice Programs
    • Provides general administrative support to the Director, while supporting various criminal justice programs and other projects, as assigned
    • Drafts, reviews, and edits the monthly Criminal Justice Programs Report
    • Provides administrative support to the Traumatic Incident Response Program, including making travel arrangements for the On-Site Coordinator, ordering U.S. burial flag, mourning bands, easel, display case, $1,000 prepaid debit card, and coordinating with the NC Department of Administration to have NC flag flown over the State Capitol
    • Coordinates with staff and sheriff’s offices for on-site visits and assessments for the Courthouse Security Assessment Program
    • Drafts, reviews, and edits courthouse security assessment reports
    • Assists the Director- Criminal Justice Programs by serving as a point of contact for details regarding multiple Criminal Justice Programs, including Courthouse Security, Statewide Disaster Assistance Network and Traumatic Incident Response and others.
    • Sends letters to all sheriffs reminding them about the NCSA Scholarship Program and the criteria for awarding the Spring and Fall scholarships
    • Sends Notice to All Sheriffs – announcing Scholarships awarded for Spring and Fall semesters
    • Processes Spring and Fall Scholarship applications to include coordinating submission of cover letters, receipt of invoices and payments to universities via NCSEAA; updates and maintains Scholarship Guidebook as needed
    • Provides administrative support for the association’s Scholarship Program including drafting and mailing program-related correspondence
  • Miscellaneous
    • Makes arrangements for Peace Officer’s Memorial Day wreath
    • Assists co-workers as necessary and performs any additional duties as assigned
    • Maintains Notary Public certification
    • Prepares and sends Metal of Valor email to sheriffs annually

Education Requirement: 4-year college degree or equivalent experience

Required Skills:

  • Minimum 3-5 years related work experience
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly excel
  • Ability to reconcile basic financial reports and prepare excel spreadsheets
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and solve problems
  • Strong organization and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures
  • Ability to adhere to our Association’s professional standards and core values
  • Ability to perform other related duties as assigned

Supplemental Information:

The work is typically preformed in an office while sitting, standing, or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, weighing up to 20 pounds.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please submit your resume to

NCSA Specialty License Plates


The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) Specialty License Plate is now available through the DMV. These specialty license plates are available for any passenger vehicle registered in North Carolina. You may obtain one by:

  • Visiting your local License Plate Agency;
  • Visiting the Special License Plate Unit at the DMV Headquarters Building in Raleigh;
  • Mailing your request to NCDMV, Special License Plate Unit, 3155 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-3155;
  • Visiting the Personalized & Specialized Plate section on DMV’s website.

Any payments submitted by check or money order should be made payable to NCDMV and should be included with each application.

The NCSA Specialty License Plate program is an important tool in the Association’s fundraising efforts, with twenty dollars from every plate sold being used to support the critical training and services we provide to all sheriffs and their personnel. The money raised through this program will help fund Association initiatives such as the criminal justice scholarships offered to students in the University of North Carolina system, the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute, and training on sex offender registration and courthouse security, among other topics.

The NCSA and all 100 sheriffs would like to sincerely thank you for your application for an NCSA Specialty License Plate. If you have any specific questions about your application, please call the Special License Plate Unit of the DMV directly at (919) 861-3575.

Application Instructions:

  • The plates will be mailed to applicants whose current plate is not expiring within the next 90 days and do not have any “stops” on their vehicle record. Those who do not receive a plate will receive a letter from the NCDMV explaining what is needed in order for their specialty plate to be issued.
  • The cost of the plate will be $30 for a non-personalized NCSA specialty license plate and $60 for a personalized NCSA specialty license plate.
  • The specialty plate fee of $30 for a NCSA plate and $60 for a personalized NCSA plate is due annually in addition to your regular license fee. $10 of this non-personalized plate fee is charged by the NCDMV. The remaining $20 will be donated to the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association to help with the critical education and training provided to all North Carolina Sheriffs’ Offices, and is tax deductible.

If you have any questions please contact Jason Bennett, NCSA Director of Business Development, at (919) 459-8195 or

Honorary Members

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is funded through the generous donations of concerned citizens like you! The Sheriffs of North Carolina invite you to join them in the fight against crime by contributing to the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and the good work provided by the Association including training, legislative initiatives, services to sheriffs’ offices and providing information to the general public.  In addition, your honorary membership of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association helps provide scholarships for those seeking careers in law enforcement.


In appreciation for your generous donation, honorary members receive:

  • Honorary Membership ID Card
  • Window Decal for your car or business
  • Bumper Sticker
  • Subscription to The North Carolina Sheriff Newsletter
  • Stick-on Calendar



quorumAbout the Association

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is the statewide organization of our state’s 100 Sheriffs. Through their Association, the Sheriffs work to strengthen the professional law enforcement services their offices provide to the people of North Carolina.

From its state headquarters in Raleigh, the Sheriffs’ Association:

Monitors actions by the General Assembly, government agencies and the courts that affect law enforcement and the criminal justice system — and acts as an advocate for the interest of the Sheriffs’ Offices.
Works with various agencies of state government to coordinate programs that are important to law enforcement.
Provides a central information clearinghouse for the Sheriffs’ Offices.
Supports training and standards programs for the Sheriffs’ Offices.
Acts as a statewide voice for the Sheriffs.
Maintains a working relationship with the National Sheriffs’ Association, as well as Sheriffs and other law enforcement related associations in North Carolina and other states.
Promotes and operates the Honorary Membership program, including periodic informative mailings to the members.
A national leader in training and standards

Through their Association, North Carolina’s Sheriffs have developed a program of professional standards and training for their offices that is a national model.

North Carolina has established the first Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission in the United States.
The quality of course work and hours of training required are among the highest in the nation.
To attract and retain qualified individuals, salaries and benefits have been increased.

Scholarship Program

Through their Association, North Carolina’s Sheriffs offer a scholarship program that gives deserving students the opportunity to pursue higher education opportunities in the field of criminal justice. Scholarships are given per year to students attending one of the four-year programs in North Carolina colleges and universities.

Looking to the Future

With a solid foundation of achievement in place, the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is striving to give the state’s citizens even better service in the future. The Association’s goals include:

Continued programs to assure the highest quality of Deputies in service. To attract and keep the best individuals in law enforcement, pay and benefits must reflect the jobs they are asked to do.
Continued opposition to weakening our criminal laws.
Stronger protection for the rights of victims of crime and witnesses who assist in prosecuting criminals.
Building relationships with other law enforcement agencies in our State and our neighboring states.
A permanent headquarters based in the State capital with facilities for training.
Learning from — and building upon — programs sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association.

The Office of Sheriff

The Sheriff is one of the oldest, most important and most respected offices in our nation’s system of law and justice. Its origins and responsibilities are rooted in historical England. Only the office of King is older and has greater dignity. The Office of Sheriff was transplanted to America by the early colonists. The founding fathers made it an elected office, because they were determined that the Sheriff would be responsible to the people.

Today throughout the nation the Sheriff continues to exercise vitally important responsibilities in all three branches of our criminal justice system: law enforcement, jail/corrections and court duties.

In the State of North Carolina, Sheriffs are Constitutional Officers elected by the people of their counties. On call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, their responsibilities include:

Patrolling the counties and enforcing the law.
Maintaining and operating jails.
Properly serving civil process papers, essential to all legal actions.
Providing security for North Carolina’s courtrooms
North Carolina’s Sheriffs take pride in their tradition. They take seriously their duties and their responsibilities to the people of North Carolina. And they are taking the initiative to meet the challenges of a changing society.

The Association

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is a Non-profit, Tax Exempt organization recognized by the I.R.S.

Warning About Telephone Solicitation

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association NEVER solicits over the telephone!

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association never raises funds through telephone solicitation, PERIOD.  If you are called by someone claiming to represent the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association seeking a donation, please inform the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association immediately at 919-743-7433.