42 U.S. Code § 14096 - Selection of participants
Participants in State Police Corps programs shall be selected on a competitive basis by each State under regulations prescribed by the Director.
Each State participating in the Police Corps program shall make special efforts to seek and recruit applicants from among members of all racial, ethnic or gender groups. This subsection does not authorize an exception from the competitive standards for admission established pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section.
An applicant may be admitted into a State Police Corps program either before commencement of or during the applicant’s course of educational study.
 So in original. Probably should be “subsection”.