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High school seniors encouraged to apply for N.C. Criminal Justice fellowship

Interested in a career in criminal justice, but unsure how to pay for college? Randolph Community College is a part of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program (CJFP), which funds fellowships for high school senior graduates. In order to qualify, students must have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to serve the state of North Carolina in a field within the criminal justice profession. The application process closes May 31.

“This is a great opportunity for people in Randolph and the surrounding counties to possibly have their associate degree paid for while gaining the education and skills necessary for today's criminal justice system,” Criminal Justice Technology Department Head Neil Weatherly said.

The program provides forgivable educational loans for high school seniors and graduates who agree to enter a criminal justice profession in North Carolina. The fellowship funds an Applied Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or committee-approved related field of study from any North Carolina Community College. Students who receive the educational loan have five years to repay, though it will be forgiven if they enter and remain in a criminal justice profession in the state for four years in an eligible county.

To be eligible, students must:
  • Be a high school graduate or high school senior who will graduate by the end of the current academic year,
  • Have the intent upon completion of the program to be employed as a criminal justice professional in an eligible county (a county with a population of less than 200,000 according to the latest federal decennial census),
  • Not have been convicted of any of the crimes listed in the CJFP.
Students who graduate under the program in good standing are given priority to enter a criminal justice training program for certification in an eligible criminal justice profession within the North Carolina Community College System.

For more information or to apply, visit, call 919-661-5980, or email
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