Criminal Justice is a major that can open a lot of different doors. In addition to careers in police work and corrections, you can work as a park ranger, a rehabilitation counselor, a forensic expert, or an officer in the court system.
You can also become a criminal law paralegal, go on to graduate school and study counter-terrorism, criminal psychology, or law, or even become a private detective.
Details: For undergraduate junior or senior students, enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university, with a GPA 3.0 or higher and majoring in a field related to forensic identification.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship:theiai.org
The Lint Center for National Security Scholarships
Awards: $500 – $1,500 (Multiple Scholarships)
Details: For undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing careers in international affairs, counterintelligence, and/or U.S. national security,
Deadlines: January & July
Website for more information and to apply for these scholarships: lintcenter.org
The War Veterans Scholarship
Details: For sophomore or junior students who are enrolled or attending an accredited school who served in Afghanistan or Iraq, who are majoring in C41-related fields, e.g. information technology, communications, and electronics, for defense, homeland security and intelligence, an Minimum GPA: 3.0
The Deadlines: May 31
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: afcea.org
The Thurgood Marshall NABCJ Scholarship Award
Details: This scholarship is sponsored by the National Association for Blacks in Criminal Justice. It’s for a criminal justice undergraduate with a “B” average grade point, and documented financial need.
Deadline: March 31
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: nabcj.org
The Women in Defense Scholarship
Awards: $1,000+ (Multiple Awards)
Details: For women who are currently enrolled or enrolling in an accredited university either full-time or part- time, with an interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense. Minimum GPA 3.25.
Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity Scholarship
Awards: $6,000 (3 awards)
Details: For graduate students of color, including but not limited to Latina, Asian, Black, and Indigenous people, who have been admitted to a graduate program of doctoral studies in criminal justice, criminology, or related studies.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: asc41.com
Out to Protect Scholarship
Awards: $500 – $1,000
For gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender students, enrolled in basic law enforcement training programs, law enforcement academies, corrections academies, or 9-1-1 dispatcher academies, who are willing to be visible role models.
Deadline: Ongoing. Awards announced in June and December.
The Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) Scholarship
Details: For students currently enrolled in a Criminal Justice or related program at an accredited institution with a (GPA) of at least 2.5.
Deadline: December 31
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: policechief.org
San Francisco Bay Area
The Howard Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship
Awards: Up to seven scholarships of up to $5,000
Details: For undergraduate, and graduate students, from the San Francisco Bay area, with at minimum 2.5 GPA who plan to enroll, or are enrolled full time at a college, university, or police academy withs plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections, or other criminal justice fields.
Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: cwu.edu
Make sure to read the qualifications for each scholarship before you apply, and don’t forget to visit CollegeRecon for other scholarships such as scholarships for veterans, military spouses, and military children.
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