Scholarship Program

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                 2019 Melvin C. High Scholarship Application Period Opens

Upper Marlboro, MD… The Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff is proud to announce the opening of the application period for the Seventh Annual Melvin C. High Scholarship program. Each year, Sheriff High awards three scholarships, in the amount of $1,000, to commendable Prince George’s County High School graduating seniors.  The scholarships can be used toward the cost of college tuition, fees or books.  

The Melvin C. High Scholarship was founded by Sheriff High in 2011, with the first seniors receiving awards from the 2011 graduating class.

Applications for the Melvin C. High Scholarship award will be available in the offices of all Prince George’s County high school guidance counselors, starting March 15.  The applications are also available through the link on the front page of the Sheriff’s website at

The application submission period will run from March 15, 2019 through April 19, 2019.  Application packages mailed to the Office of the Sheriff must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 19, 2019.  Completed application packets may also be submitted via email to:

To be considered, students must be a Prince George’s County resident, submit the required documentation and meet the following criteria:

  • Accepted for admission to an accredited college or university


  • Be involved in community service or extracurricular school activities


  • Have his/her G.P.A. documented by the guidance counselor


  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty

Complete a one-page essay answering the question: “How will a college education change your life and your future?”

 Submitted applications are reviewed by an Academic Committee and the Scholarship Selection Committee, who will select the 2018 recipients.  Once the awardees are announced, the Office of the Sheriff will make the award available to the college/university at the time of registration. 

For additional information about the Melvin C. High Scholarship Program, please contact Captain Nancy Ridgely at 301-952-2925 or email at