The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey is taking applications for four scholarships for college, graduate and law students. Each award is a one-year grant of $3,500 paid directly to the recipient.

To be eligible for the Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial scholarship, an applicant must be accepted for admission into a law school and interested in a career as a prosecutor.

To be eligible for the Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must

be accepted for admission to a law school or graduate school. The applicant must exhibit an interest in, and commitment to, enhancing the rights and well-being of children through child-advocacy programs.

To be eligible for the Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be accepted for admission to a law school and have an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor with an emphasis on domestic violence or hate crime prosecutions.

To be eligible for the John H. Starnler Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a sworn law enforcement officer seeking educational advancement on a college or graduate level to improve his or her effectiveness as a law enforcement officer.

Applicants for all four scholarships must be New Jersey residents who demonstrate financial need.

The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 15. For an application, contact

Terri Eide at 609-989-6309 or at teide@mercercounty.org. Applications are also available online at www.mercercountyprosecutor.com.

Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision in October.