Jim Gilmore is the retired Sheriff of Fond du Lac County.  He retired from the Police Department in 1998 after 28 years of service, and he acted as Sheriff for the last 12 years of his tenure.  In the early part of his career he completed his bachelor's degree at UW-Oshkosh working night shifts as a dispatcher and patrolman while attending classes during the day.  Therefore, he knows firsthand the difficulties young people can face in securing an education.  Later while serving as Sheriff, he was appointed to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and helped shape many of the educational requirements that exist for officers today.  He believes in the need for integrity in law enforcement and the importance of well-rounded and well-educated officers.  To this end, he has established this scholarship fund to assist future officers with their education and also to give something back to the community that supported him.


A $500 scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:
Leadership and integrity
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
Written essay
D. School/Extracurricular/Community involvement
Financial need


A. Be a graduating high school senior
B. Legal resident of Fond du Lac County, but may attend another school district
C. Submit most recent CERTIFIED high school transcript
D. Pursuing two or four-year degree in law enforcement

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