Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

A variety of scholarships and fellowships are available to criminal justice graduate students. Often, the organizations offering funding seek students studying or researching specific subjects, so be sure to apply to those that best match your interests.

Due to the steep level of competition, it’s wise to begin researching and applying to scholarships as soon as possible. Since some are only available at specific times in the course of your program (i.e., the last semester or quarter), make a list noting these stipulations. That way, you’ll be ready to apply to them as soon as you become eligible.

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ACJA/Lambda Delta Epsilon Scholarship

Amount
$100-$400
Deadline
December 31, 2015

Graduate students who are members of the American Criminal Justice Association are eligible for this scholarship. Stipulations include that students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and have completed at least two semesters or three quarters of their criminal justice education.

American Society of Criminology Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities

Amount
$6,000
Deadline
TBD for 2016

This scholarship is for African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos or Native Americans studying criminal justice. In order to be considered, applicants must be accepted into a doctoral program, but do not need to be members of the ASC.

Chairman Emeritus Award

Amount
Varies
Deadline
TBD for 2016

Offered by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, this award is given to students who have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to ensuring the representation of minorities as policy makers and developers of criminal justice programs and research. Applicants must be members of the NABCJ. The amount of the award varies.

Gene Carte Student Paper Competition

Amount
$200-$1,000
Deadline
TBA for 2016

Full-time students submit an essay on a topic related to criminology and a letter signed by a dean or department chair to be considered for this scholarship. The American Society of Criminology awards the winners $200 to $1,000 as well as a travel award.

Out to Protect Scholarship

Amount
$500-$1,000
Deadline
November 27, 2015

This scholarship is for those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and are pursuing a training program in law enforcement. Applicants must be “out,” and recognized as a role model to be eligible. It’s also important to demonstrate the ability to graduate from whatever law enforcement training the applicant is undergoing. The award is to be put toward educational expenses.

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program

Amount
$1,000-$10,000
Deadline
TBA for 2016

Supported by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, this scholarship supports criminal justice students and those in related fields interested in pursuing anti-fraud career paths. Graduate students must be enrolled six semester hours per term and submit three letters of recommendation and all transcripts to be considered. Award amounts include a one-year ACFE student associate membership.

NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Amount
up to $32,000
Deadline
TBD for 2016

Offered by the National Institute of Justice, this research fellowship provides support for 12-14 months to accredited universities for research on violence, crime and other criminal justice topics. Doctoral students in their final stages of graduate study conducting research focused on criminal justice policy in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Awards are up to $32,000 for the period of performance.

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Renewable
Minimum GPA

Frederick T. Bonham Law Scholarship

Deadline
November 1 (priority)
Renewable
Yes

Selection is based upon outstanding academic performance. Financial need and extracurricular activities are considered.

John W. Green Scholarship

Deadline
January 15
Renewable
No

Selection is based upon merit of members of the three law classes who have unusual ability in the general development of character, ambition to excel, and interest in the general development and advancement of the ethical standards of the legal profession.

Robert J. Emery Student Support Fund

Deadline
September 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a second-year student and demonstrate superior academic performance and financial need.

E.W. Costello Entrance Scholarship

Deadline
May 1
Renewable
Yes

Selection is based upon academic record, LSAT score, maturity, extracurricular activities, work experience, and community involvement. No application required. Award is in Canadian dollars.

ACJA/LAE National Scholarship

Deadline
December 31
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a ACJA/LAE member in good standing who is currently enrolled in a recognized course of study directly (or indirectly) associated with the criminal justice field.

LSAT Scholarship

Deadline
None
Renewable
No

Awarded automatically based upon applicant's average score on LSAT (Law School Admission Test), for first two semesters (at rate of 50% of award per semester). Amount of award depends on score.

Trustees' Scholarship

Deadline
None
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must have completed one full year of study with a minimum 19 units. Awarded automatically to top three-tenths of eligible students. Amount of award is based upon rank/GPA and number of units per semester. Financial need is not considered.

Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarship

Deadline
April 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a member of JACL. Selection is based upon personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and community involvement.

ACJA/LAE National Student Paper Competition

Deadline
January 31
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a member of ACJA/LAE in good standing. Original paper dealing with issues concerning the criminal justice field must be submitted.

Law School Scholarship

Deadline
June 30
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be an exceptional student. Selection is based upon an applicant's financial situation, academic achievement, potential for law study, involvement in and commitment to the Hispanic community, reasons for studying law, and future plans. Applicant must submit application, letter of recommendation, transcript, and test scores.

Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship

Deadline
June 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school, have an interest in law enforcement with an emphasis on domestic violence and hate crimes prosecutions, and demonstrate financial need.

Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Deadline
June 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school or graduate school, exhibit an interest in and commitment to enhancing the rights and well-being of children through child advocacy programs, and demonstrate financial need.

Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial Scholarship

Deadline
June 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school and demonstrate financial need. Applicant must show interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor.

James F. Connolly Congressional Information Service Scholarship

Deadline
April 1
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a law librarian who is pursuing a law degree. Preference will be given to librarians who demonstrate an interest in government publications.

Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship

Deadline
March 31
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a minority student who is currently enrolled in the first year of law school.

Virgil Hawkins Fellowship

Deadline
March 15
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a black law student eligible to return for second- or third-year study, must be nominated by the College of Law, and must document financial need.

Lake Lytal Jr. African-American Student Scholarship

Deadline
March 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be an African-American demonstrating academic merit and financial need.

Benedict A. Silverman Minority Tuition Scholarship

Deadline
March 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be an entering law student demonstrating academic merit and financial need.

Airth, Sisler, Clayton, & Warren Scholarship

Deadline
March 15
Renewable
Yes

Applicant must be an entering law student.

Ralph R. Bailey Scholarship

Deadline
March 15
Renewable
No

Applicant must be a resident of Broward County for at least a year prior to application date. Selection is based upon academic standing, financial need, sound character, integrity, and achievement in undergraduate extracurricular activities.

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Loans

Since few graduate awards are meant to fund an entire degree, it’s important to explore graduate student loans. There are two types of loans, federal and private. Federal loans offer far more flexible repayment options and should be used first. If federal loans don’t cover your entire degree, private loans are an option. However, pay close attention to the interest rates and repayment options of private loans to determine if they are worth the debt. You can use the government’s “shopping sheet” to figure out the financial burden of additional loans.

Loan Comparison Chart

Stafford
Eligibility Requirements No previous federal loan defaults; Must attend school at least half time
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check No
Amount Available Up to $20,500/year; $138,500 for entirety of degree
Interest Rates Tied to 10-year treasury note + 3.6%; Maximum of 9.5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/No
Repayment 6 months after leaving school
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness After 20-25 years; 10 years for public servants
Graduate Plus
Eligibility Requirements Must attend school at least half time; acceptable credit
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check Yes
Amount Available Full cost of graduate study, including living expenses
Interest Rates Tied to 10-year treasury note + 4.6%; maximum of 10.5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/No
Repayment Deferred until 6 months after school or after attendance drops below half time
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness After 10 years if employed in nonprofit or government
Perkins
Eligibility Requirements Must qualify as low-income student; income cut-off varies by school
FAFSA Yes
Credit Check No
Amount Available $8,000/year; varies according to college
Interest Rates 5%
Fixed Rate/Subsidized Yes/Yes
Repayment 9 months after leaving school
Income-based repayment Yes
Forgiveness Various Cases
Private
Eligibility Requirements Based on credit
FAFSA No
Credit Check Yes
Amount Available Varies
Interest Rates Varies
Fixed Rate/Subsidized No/No (Usually)
Repayment Immediately (Generally)
Income-based repayment No
Forgiveness No

Teacher, Graduate or Research Assistant Jobs

It’s common for schools to offer positions that include small stipends. Working as a professor’s teaching or research assistant will give you valuable experience, teach you new skills and allow you to network with faculty, all while helping pay your tuition. Contact your department head to find out about openings.