Students interested in a career in criminal justice have many scholarships to consider. This is partly because criminal justice encompasses multiple career paths, including: criminology, police and correctional studies, forensics, criminal justice, and more! Some criminal justice scholarships are offered by the government, while others are offered by different organizations. Below is a list of potential scholarships for students interested in criminal justice:
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship aims to train civilian sciences and engineers who will work in laboratories with the Department of Defense. More information is available at: https://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/undergraduate/smart.shtml.
Boren Scholarships provide language training to students who excel academically. These awards are aimed at training students to speak languages critical to national security. The program provides up to $20,000 for an academic year and in exchange for funding, students must agree to use their skills for the government for one year after graduation. Applications must be received prior to February 9th. More information is available at: https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html.
Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship of the Lint Center for National Security Studiesprovides awards ranging from $500 to $2,000. These scholarships are geared towards students studying one of the following areas: Counterintelligence, National Security, or Alliance Building. More information is available at their website.
Master Corporal Ronald G. Williams, Jr. Scholarship provides funding for one high school student majoring in criminal justice. Students must be residents of DE, NJ, MD, or PA. Furthermore, they must be a high school senior with at least a 2.5 grade point average. Applications are due prior to May 31st. The award provides $1,000 in funding. Students must submit a completed application, including: the application form, transcripts, three reference letters, and a 500 word essay. More information is available at: http://www.thergwfoundation.org/rgw_law_enf_scholarship.pdf.
NBPA Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award is used to help exceptional candidates interested in improving the criminal justice system afford college. In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must be high school seniors who are citizens of the United States. Applicants must provide letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, and plan to attend a college. Additionally an essay is required. More information is available at: http://www.blackpolice.org/scholarships.html.
COAG Scholarship provides three awards: one worth $1,500, one worth $1,000, and one worth $500. Students who are seniors in high school in the state of GA are eligible to apply. In order to be eligible, students must plan to attend a college within the state of GA. Additionally; they must pursue a degree related to law enforcement, political science, or a related field.
Hispanic Education Endowment Fund – Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarshipsprovide four awards of $1,000. Applicants must be of Latino heritage and living in Orange County. Students must be a first generation student and demonstrate financial need. Completed applications must be received prior to January 19th.