The Illinois Sheriff's Association knows that college isn't cheap, so that is why they will be awarding $54,500.00 worth of college scholarships throughout the state of Illinois for full time college students. 

Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-2018 school year, and Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana has $500 to give one worthy Winnebago County student to use towards tuition, books or fees.

Every little bit helps, so here's more details from the Winnebago County Sheriff's Facebook page;

All applications must be received by March 15, 2017 and include a 350 word essay that answers this question;

In your opinion, is there a heroin epidemic in your community and what steps could be taken to combat the problem? What is the driving demand behind heroin use in teens and why do you think the heroin use is soaring in the United States?

Download the complete application here.