New Criminal Justice Fellows Program for High School Seniors and Graduates Available at James Sprunt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   APRIL 3, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – James Sprunt Community College is excited to announce the new North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program. The program, passed by the North Carolina Legislature in the summer of 2018, recruits talented high school seniors and graduates into the criminal justice profession. This program funds fellowships for those who reside in eligible counties, such as Duplin County, who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service, and a desire to serve the State of North Carolina in a field within the criminal justice profession such as law enforcement or the judicial system.

This program provides forgivable education loans to high school seniors and graduates who agree to enter a criminal justice profession in an eligible county of North Carolina to fund an associate degree in criminal justice.

Students will have five years to repay the loan, however the loan is 100% forgivable to those who enter into employment in a criminal justice profession in an eligible county in North Carolina.

Counties in which recipients of the NCJFP must work to have the loan forgiven include: Madison, Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington, Bladen, Transylvania, Watauga, Pender, Carteret, Alexander, Chatham, Lee, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Davie, Edgecomb, Stokes, Halifax, Haywood, Polk, Rutherfordton, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Bertie, Martin, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, McDowell, Montgomery, Pamlico, Caswell, Person, Richmond, Scotland, Bertie, Hertford, Northampton, Sampson, Hoke, Anson, Columbus, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Stanly, Surry, Yadkin, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren, Alleghany, Ashe, and Wilkes.

Students must reside in an eligible county and also must agree to work in an eligible county upon completion of a two year degree in criminal justice.

This program also hopes to help to curb the shortage of law enforcement that are currently being seen in less populated areas such as Duplin County, which is an eligible county for graduates to be employed in after completion of an associates degree. Law enforcement shortages have been ongoing nationwide due to a variety of reason, including personnel that is aging and approaching retirement age.

Applications are currently being accepted through April 30, 2019. Applications can be downloaded from the following link:


For media related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at



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