What Criminal Justice Scholarships are Available?

Criminal Justice Scholarships are available for those wanting to pursue a career in criminal investigation, law enforcement, legal studies, or forensic science.

Interested in pursuing jobs in the field of Criminal Justice? The job titles mentioned earlier all have in common the fact that they fall under the Criminal Justice degree path

The criminal justice field is growing steadily.

Typically an individual would work in a local, state, or federal government capacity. Now that may be due to the popularity of such TV shows as CSI and Bones. I wouldn’t personally wouldn’t base your career decision off of a television show. That aside, many people out there truly have a passion for criminal justice field.

Some will require advance degrees so you know what that means…….It’s going to be an EXPENSIVE path. In fact the competitive nature of these jobs is really going to require a master’s degree and those with that are a) more than likely to find a job and b) command higher pay.

Now you may be eligible for grants but that only gets you so far. You may not want to reply solely on the Federal Stafford Loans.

So where does that leave us to look for funding? The answer is in the form of Criminal Justice Scholarships.

Buckle up and let’s go for a ride where we check out what scholarship offerings are available.

Criminal Justice Scholarships

Captain James J. Regan Memorial Scholarship

Named after a form Pennsylvania State Police Officer, this association’s aim is to develop the professionalism of the members by furthering and progressing their skills and knowledge in areas of technical surveillance, law enforcement, and forensic activities through the offering of special trainings.

The Award

For this scholarship, there are two merit-based awards that are offered. Each one consists of $2,500 as a one-time scholarship.

Who is Eligible?

  • Any law enforcement explorer who is in the 12th grade or in an accredited college program.
  • Candidates will be evaluated based on their academic record, extracurricular, and personal statement on “What significance I place on a technical background in law enforcement.”

Application Process and Deadline

In additional to the application, the following will need to be submitted:

  • Three letters of recommendation (with at least two from people outside law enforcement)
  • 250 word essay on “How will technology affect law enforcement in the 21st century?”
  • High school transcripts
  • A black and white glossy photograph for publicity purposes in event of selection

Deadline is no later than March 31st.

Chief Gary R. Cline Memorial Scholarship

Started in 1999, this Criminal Justice Scholarship is to honor the late Chief of the Merchantville Police Department in New Jersey.

The Award

The amount of this scholarships will be $1,500.

Who is Eligible?

  • Applicant’s course of student must be related to Law Enforcement Field.
  • Must be registered in any private, parochial, or public school located in Camden County.
  • Student must have plan to pursue a post-high school program of education or training.
  • Must exhibited good citizenship traits and be of moral and sound character.
  • Applicant must plan on the pursuit of his or her post-high school program on a full-time basis.

Application Process and Deadline

In additional to the application, the following will need to be submitted:

  • Secondary School transcript (including SAT scores).
  • School’s recommendation with a special notation relative to character.
  • List of colleges or trade schools that you have applied to and their costs
  • List of extra-curricular and community activities in which you have participated in order of importance to you (will need to include activity, dates of participation, hours per week, and position held).
  • Brief statement of what aspect of law enforcement you wish to pursue and why.
  • Brief statement of financial need that specifies why these scholarships funds would assist you.

Deadline is no later than March 31st.

COAG Scholarship

This scholarship is help out Georgia high school seniors who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.

 The Award

The amount of this scholarships will be $1,000.

Who is Eligible?

  • For any Georgia high school seniors that will be graduating by the spring.
  • Must be seeking an undergraduate degree (no diploma or certification).

Application Process and Deadline

In additional to the application, the following will need to be submitted:

  • Must present a latter of acceptance or letter of enrollment from a school of accredited high education located within Georgia.
  • Must provide proof of residency in the state of Georgia.
  • A 1,000 word essay must be related (double-spaced, Times New Roman, and 12 point font).

Deadline is no later than March 31st.

Lincoln Legal Professionals Association Scholarship

Based in Nebraska, the Lincoln Legal Professional Association scholarship helps promote continuing professionalism within the legal field.

 The Award

The amount of this scholarships will be $1,500.

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be a Nebraska high school or college student.
  • Wants to pursue a path in the legal support field as an institute of higher learning.
  • Must possess a cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Application Process and Deadline

In additional to the application, the following will need to be submitted:

  • A certified copy of most recent transcripts and grades.
  • A resume that covers your educational history, work history, and school and community activities.
  • A type one-page personal state stating why you wish to enter the legal support field or continue your formal legal education.
  • A copy of your acceptance to the school of your choice.

Deadline is no later than March 18th.

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1949, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund is available to graduating seniors in certain counties in Washington State. Nellie was known for her generosity to a variety of organizations in Washington State and wanted to make sure she made an impact.

The Award

Awards range anywhere between $500 to $2,000 a year. These scholarship are renewable for all four years of college.

Who is Eligible?

  • Be a graduate of a public high school in King, Snohomish, or Pierce County in the year of appointment.
  • Must be an American Citizen.
  • Be enrolled in a college or university in the state of Washington on a full-time basis.

Application Process and Deadline

In additional to the application, the following will need to be submitted:

  • A copy of the applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR) or a copy of the most recent IRS Income Tax Return 1040 from the person claiming applicant as a dependent.
  • One letter of recommendation.
  • Small photograph.
  • Copy of applicant’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of citizenship (current passport or naturalization certificate).
  • Office grade transcript.
  • Copy of applicants SAT/ACT test scores.

Deadline is no later than March 1st.  

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship

The Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship was named after two members of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The program supports the education of students who have an interest in pursuing a career in fraud examination. It provides an opportunity for students to advance their education and anti-fraud career paths.

 The Award

The award amounts are $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000. Awards will be paid directly to the receipt’s university.

Who is Eligible?

  • Undergraduates must be enrolled 9 semester hours (or equivalent) per term.
  • Graduates must be enrolled 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term.
  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited, four-year college or university.

Application Process and Deadline

In additional to the application, the following will need to be submitted:

  • Submit a Completed Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship application. Provide Official Transcript(s) showing all completed college or university courses.
  • Two recommendation forms must be submitted on behalf of the applicant.

Deadline is no later than January 30th  

The George W. Chin Memorial Scholarship

Dedicated to a late member and pioneer of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS), the family of George W. Chin set up this fund in his memory and honor.

The Award

The amount of this scholarships will be $2,000.

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be currently enrolled in a Forensic Science Program.
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student in their junior or senior year.
  • Full-time or part-time graduate students.
  • Must demonstrate excellence in their academic program.

Application Process and Deadline

In additional to the application, the following will need to be submitted:

  • Two letters of recommendation that are each accompanied with the recommendation for from professors involved in the Forensic Science Curriculum.
  • A letter from the applicant describing their personal aspirations in the Forensics field, achievements, and reasons for consideration. This must be anywhere between 250-500 words. It must also be provided to the Professors submitting the recommendation letters.
  • Applicants should be attending a college/university within the area from the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists draws its members.
    • Those areas are:
      • Maine
      • New Hampshire
      • Vermont
      • Rhode Island
      • Massachusetts
      • New York
      • Connecticut
      • New Jersey
      • Pennsylvania

Deadline is no later than April 30th.

Drinko Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Drink Criminal Justice Scholarship is to honor Dr. John Deaver Drinko who is a prominent Cleveland attorney and philanthropist.

The Award

The award amounts is between $1,000-$4,000 per year.

Who is Eligible?

  • Student enrolled on a full-time basis in either an associates or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
  • Must be able to demonstrate financial need via a submitted FAFSA

Application Process and Deadline

  • Application will need to be complete via the Keystone College website.

Deadline is no later than April 6th.

The J. Edgar Hoover Scientific Scholarship

Since the founding of the foundation over $3,500,000 has been distributed for scholarships. The award is based on a candidate’s interest in pursuing a forensic science related career in law enforcement.   

The Award

The award amount is $25,000.

Who is Eligible?

  • Undergraduate students who are interested in a career in forensic science or law enforcement.

Application Process and Deadline

  • Application will need to be complete via the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation website.  

Deadline is no later than May 1st.

WIFLE Scholarship Program

WIFLE offers several scholarships to talented individuals to meet demands in the field of law enforcement and to foster the professional development of those engaged in Law Enforcement. 

The Award

The dollar amount of each scholarship will be $2,500 but can vary based on numerous factors.  WIFLE awarded $10,000 in scholarships in 2018.  Awards may be renewable on subsequent applications.

Who is Eligible?

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Physically attend and be a full-time student at an accredited four-year college or university; or be currently enrolled in a full-time in a fully accredited community college. Must have the intention of transferring to a four-year degree.
  • Have completed at least one full academic year of college work at an accredited college or university or community college.
  • Major in Criminal Justice or related discipline such as social sciences, public administration, computer science, finance, linguistic arts, chemistry, physics, etc., leading to a four-year degree (Students in graduate and postgraduate programs are also eligible; students pursuing Associate degrees are not eligible, unless as stated above.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point  (GPA) average;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the community through a 500-word essay describing their involvement in a community project, and the results or impact of that involvement to the community; OR, if the applicant if currently serving or has served an internship with a law enforcement agency, preferably a federal law enforcement agency, the applicant must provide details including the name if the agency, the dates served and describe the value of the experience and the accomplishment through the internship in a 500-word essay.

Application Process and Deadline

  • Submit a completed application with the required information, 500-word essay, transcripts, and a recommendation letter from a community leader or police official.
  • Have at least one community leader or member of a community or police official sponsor their application with a written statement of support.
  • Letters of recommendation should be mailed with application.

Deadline is no later than May 1st.

Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship

The Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship program has a purpose to recognize and encourage students to pursue studies to prepare them for a career in forensic science profession. Funding for these scholarships come from donations from foundation, corporations, business and solicited professional organizations and individuals.

The Award

The award amount is $1,000.

Who is Eligible?

  • Applicant must be entering their junior or senior year of a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Must be enrolled for a minimum as a ½ time student (6 semester hours) with the intent of seeking a career in the Forensic Sciences with a chemistry, biology, or natural science major.
  • Applicant must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  • Applicants related to Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS) board members and/or scholarship/grant committee members are not eligible.

Application Process and Deadline

  • Applications must be completed in English, signed and mailed to the scholarship chair prior to the deadline.
  • The transcript form is to be completed by the admissions office or other college officials.
  • The applicant should provide a preaddressed stamped envelope to those individuals completing the form.
  • An official transcripts must be mailed direct to the chair prior to the deadline.
  • Applicant must obtain three letters of recommendations with employment references.

Deadline is no later than April 1st.  

Job Outlook

I’ve talked to many people in this field including family members and they all are saying that higher education is becoming necessary to move up. Some state, local, and federal jobs are basically recession proof once you get in. Now of course there are always expectations however they are viewed as more stable than most.

These Criminal Justice Scholarships are almost niched-based since its location specific but the point to bring all of this to you is to see the options that are available and that are out there.

Your specific job outlook and salary will depend on:

  • What criminal justice career you choose
  • What part of the country you live in
  • Your level of experience.

It’s very versatile, and opens you up to a variety of careers. With a criminal justice degree, you may find yourself working in state and local law enforcement, the federal government, corrections, forensics, courtrooms and law firms, higher education, nonprofit organizations, corporations and many other industries.

Police officers and detectives are some of the best-known criminal justice occupations. They uphold and enforce the law. They make sacrifices every day for themselves and their family. Uniformed peace officers include city police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers. 

Each path you can go into shows growth and that’s important when looking at a potential career. Most people have it inside of them and have known for a while that this is what they have wanted to do.

Some criminal justice students will continue their studies into the graduate level and go on to become criminal justice faculty. At 15 percent, employment growth for college faculty is projected to be faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So is an eventual job in the Criminal Justice world something you are wanting to pursue but just don’t know how to pay for it? Like everything else there are options.

Plan accordingly, plan often, and keep refining the plan. Network with people and try some things out. Time is on our side so it’s okay if we are strategic with this decision.

There are several programs and foundations that are there to help you and from the research we have seen they want you to success and want to help with your career in criminal justice.

The Criminal Justice Scholarships are there to help you to succeed.

Tuition Drop Podcast

You can check out our episode of the Tuition Drop Podcast below on Criminal Justice Scholarships.

Tuition Drop Podcast – Criminal Justice Scholarships
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