William and Linda Finney African American Student Scholarship

William Finney received a 1970 BS in Sociology and Psychology. In July of 1992, William was named Chief of Police for the City of St. Paul. In citing factors for the selection of Finney to the post of St. Paul Police Chief, Mayor Jim Scheibel stated, “Finney was chosen for his leadership in community affairs, his charismatic personality, and a real outpouring of support from his colleagues and community people.” Finney’s leadership is grounded in a conviction for cultural diversity. This conviction forms the foundation for his promise to run a police department that works closely with neighborhood groups and social service agencies in attacking the causes of crime.

Linda Finney has a BS in Education and an MA in Counseling. Her law enforcement work has spanned over 20 years with experience in Florida and Minnesota. Linda has served as a Special Agent in Charge in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension where she supervised the bureau’s in-service law enforcement training program.

As co-founder of the African American Breast Cancer Alliance (AABCA) Linda is active in outreach activities in the African American community in the Twin Cities.

The William and Linda Finney African American Student Scholarship Endowment have been established to reward a student who exemplifies the character of these two leaders. The scholarship is established for African American students attending MSU. Awards of $250 minimum will be awarded to eligible students.

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

Љ—з_в___“___µ‹_ Be an enrolled, full-time, African American student.

Љ—з_в___“___µ‹_ Be at least a sophomore at the time of application or semester of scholarship disbursement.

Љ—з_в___“___µ‹_ Undergraduate students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and graduate students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the semester preceding the application.

Љ—з_в___“___µ‹_ Have an interest in public service, corrections, law enforcement or government relations.

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