Allen Butler Minority Law Enforcement Scholarship Temporary Fund

Allen Butler Minority Law Enforcement Scholarship Temporary Fund

The Allen Butler Minority Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to young people of color from Duluth to begin or continue law enforcement training at a post-secondary institution. Duluth’s African American Men’s Group established the scholarship in 1996 to honor Allen Butler, an officer with the Duluth Police Department for more than 20 years before he retired in 1996. He was a positive influence in the lives of many Duluthians


  • People of color including African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, and Hispanics who are seriously considering a career in law enforcement

  • Graduates of Duluth Public Schools or GED (Duluth Denfeld, Duluth East, Area Learning Center, Harbor City International, GED) 

  • Been a resident of Duluth for at least three years

  • Seriously consider applying to the Duluth Police Department.

  • Field of Study: Criminal Justice/ Law Enforcement 

  • GPA: 2.0 or higher

  • Demonstrate financial need (FAFSA information required) 

  • Engage in Extracurricular Activities 

  • Two Recommendation Forms required from a teacher, advisor, employer, pastor, counselor or administrator, excluding parents or relatives. 

Scholarship Grant Range

  • $1,000 for one year

Application timeline

  • This scholarship is part of the Universal
  • Application: December 1 – February 15


Award Details

  • This scholarship may be used for expenses of post-secondary education at any accredited college, university or technical/ vocational school

  • Award Payments will be mailed directly to the school/ university 

    • Fall Payments are mailed July 15-30

    • Spring Payments are mailed December 15-30

  • Transferring Schools: Please contact DSACF if you plan on transferring schools. Transferring schools does not automatically transfer your scholarship. If a transfer occurs after scholarship money has been disbursed it may take up to 90 days to reprocess the scholarship payment. 

Tax information

DSACF encourages scholarship recipients to seek tax advice regarding scholarships. According to the IRS: Scholarships, fellowship grants, and other grants are tax-free if you meet the following conditions:

  • You’re a candidate for a degree at an educational institution that maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational activities; and

  • The amounts you receive are used to pay for tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution, or for fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at the educational institution.

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