Lubbock County Detention Center

Lubbock County Detention Center


The Jerry Baggs Memorial Scholarship was established to sponsor attendance to the National Jail Leadership Command Academy (NJLCA) that is housed at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The NJLCA is a collaborative effort between the American Jail Association (AJA) and CMIT.

The Texas Jail Association is proud to announce the formation of the Jerry Baggs Scholarship that will fund attendance to the National Jail Leadership Command Academy (NJLCA) held at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas on the campus of Sam Houston State University. The establishment of the scholarship is named in honor of Jerry Baggs, the founding President of the Texas Jail Association This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving individual whose agency does not have the resources available to enable the employee to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The course is designed to address the professional development and succession planning needs that now exist in the field of jail operations. This scholarship is administered by the Scholarship Committee of the Association. For questions contact Sharese Hurst.

The scholarship will be awarded to an active member of the association that is serving his or her county in a mid-management position up to Assistant Jail Administrator. The scholarship is for tuition (which includes all class materials, lodging, and all meals/snacks). The sending agency will be required to provide transportation for the selected participant to Huntsville.

    The Texas Jail Association offers scholarships to eligible students pursuing an academic degree at a college or university. These scholarships are provided in honor of all Past Presidents of the Texas Jail Association. The scholarships are awarded for the Spring semester and Fall semester of each year.


    • Must be enrolled in a College or University in an academic course of study.
    • Must be less than 25 years of age at time of application.
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
    • Must have completed at least one semester of college.
    • Must be enrolled as a full time student during semester the application is submitted. The general rule will be for 12 semester hours undergraduate, 9 semester hours for graduate students.
    • Must not have been convicted of a crime, which would make an individual ineligible for employment in his/her field study.
    • Must submit with application a brief biographical sketch and narrative, written in the applicant’s own words, stating why the applicant believes he/she is deserving of a scholarship award. May include personal accomplishments, activities and experiences, and may not exceed two (2) typewritten, double-spaced pages in length.
    • Must be a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter or grandchild of an Active Texas Jail Association member serving the State of Texas, pursuing a degree.
    • Active Texas Jail Association Member: Member in good standing for at least one full year and current on membership dues for year applying.

    Applications must be submitted to the Texas Jail Association. Applications for Scholarship must be submitted with all supporting information attached. A new application must be submitted for each semester. Only one application needs be submitted with current supporting information for each semester. Applicants are only eligible to receive two scholarship awards. Students applying for scholarships must meet the general requirements of the Texas Jail Association.

    Applications must be received in the Texas Jail Association office by July 1 each year for the Fall Semester and by December 1 each year for the Spring Semester.

    Completed Applications should be sent to:

    TJA Headquarters
    Attn: Sharese Hurst
    Box 2296
    Huntsville, TX 77341-2296.

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