Scholarship Descriptions, Eligibility and Applications
Founders and Presidents’ Scholarship Award (FPSA)
The NACOLE Founders and Presidents Scholarship Award (FPSA) honors the significant contributions, dedication, and commitment of the NACOLE founders and past-presidents by supporting those community members, grassroots organizers, law enforcement officials, volunteers, academics, students, early career professionals with less than three years of experience, and others who are seeking information about oversight and how it can best impact their communities. The award is geared towards applicants whose attendance at the Annual Conference will benefit their communities and whose commitment to civilian oversight will be strengthened and reinforced by their participation. Membership in the organization is not required for this category.
Membership Scholarship Award (MSA)
The Membership Scholarship Award (MSA) supports and strengthens the work of NACOLE members by introducing them to a broad range of oversight information, effective practices, and professional networks. The MSA supports individuals in all NACOLE membership categories—Regular, Associate, Organizational and Student—by providing financial assistance to attend the Annual Conference. To be eligible for the MSA, you must be a member of NACOLE in good standing or employed by/affiliated with an oversight entity holding an organizational membership at the time of your application and as of the first day of the conference.
New Agency Scholarship Award (NASA)
The New Agency Scholarship Award is specifically granted to those practitioners who work for agencies established since January 1, 2020. This scholarship allows for individuals to attend the NACOLE conference, learn more about the work being done in the field of oversight in the United States and around the world, expand their netowrk, and gain a better understanding of what effective and sustainable oversight can look like in their jurisdiction. These scholarships are made possible in 2023 by a generous donation to NACOLE earmarked specifically for new agencies.
Local Community Scholarship Award (LCSA)
The Local Community Scholarship Award (LCSA) supports grassroots community members, advocacy organizations, volunteers and/or law enforcement members who may benefit from educational sessions and networking opportunities at the Annual NACOLE Conference or other NACOLE sponsored educational events. Applicants for this category must be physically located in the city or surrounding geographical region of the Annual NACOLE Conference, and covers conference registration costs only. This category will be funded by donations specifically intended for this purpose on an annual basis.