SEBA Scholarships Awards

SEBA awards scholarships annually and in the amounts of a $5,000 Richard E. Scovel Scholarship, a $2,500 SEBA Scholarship and a $1,000 Reserve Scholarship. Applications are accepted at the beginning of the calendar year until April 1.

Det. Richard E. Scovel was the SEBA President from 1978-1979.  He was instrumental in bringing SEBA up to the high standards it is today, including the right for deputy sheriffs to represent themselves in county negotiations.  Det. Scovel was killed in an off-duty automobile accident in 1981.  This scholarship is SEBA's way of showing our gratitude to Det. Scovel and keeping his memory alive.


  • Dependent child of a SEBA member in the following units: Safety, Safety Management, Specialized Peace Officer, Specialized Peace Officer Supervisory, or Specialized Fire Services; a Retired member from one of the above units; Reserve member; Child of a member who died in the line of duty; or SEBA employee.
  • Will graduate high school in June of this year.
  • Upper 50% of his/her graduating class.
  • In good standing within his/her community.


  • Obtain a transcript of high school grades.
  • Write a letter of intent stating the following:
A. Their name and name of the parent who is the SEBA member or employee.
B. Statement of desire in applying for a Scholarship.
C. Include any activities within the community.
D. School to be attending and objectives hoping to accomplish as a result of education.

Submit letter and transcripts to:

Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association
735 E. Carnegie Dr., Ste. 125
San Bernardino, CA  92408
ATTN: Scholarship Committee

Application must be received no later than April 1st.

The Scholarship Committee may interview top applicants prior to selection. Recipients will be notified by May 15th.

Scholarships will be paid to the college as follows:

$5,000 Richard E. Scovel Scholarship - $1,500/year first two years and $1,000/year last two years.
$2,500 SEBA Scholarship - $750/year first two years and $500/year last two years.
$1,000 Reserve Scholarship - $500/year for two years.

Recipients must remain continuously enrolled in college during the award period. Termination of enrollment in college will automatically terminate award. Good luck!


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