SearchCriminal Justice Degrees

Guide to National and State Scholarships

Use this directory to find criminal justice scholarships in 2015 that are right for you using a variety of filter criteria. Some scholarships are only available to certain segments of the population, like high school students, or conversely, only available to those who are a certain number of years into their criminal justice degree programs, so take advantage of the sorting options below to customize your search. This resource is designed to save you time and effort by compiling some of the top criminal justice scholarships in one place.

Most scholarships for criminal justice majors focus on students who have already finished an undergraduate degree, who intend to use their criminal justice degrees to pursue graduate-level law programs. Many of these are scholarships are targeted towards students of a particular ethnicity. Others focus on serving students in a particular area of law, such as media law or domestic violence. There are other opportunities available for students who do not meet these requirements, however, so do not worry if you do not meet these criteria. Students interested in other specializations, such as law librarianship, criminology and law enforcement can also find funding opportunities online, though there are fewer of these.

Many of these scholarships are offered at the state or local level, rather than the national level, so start your search by filtering for your geographic location. Some counties provide scholarships for students who are interested in pursuing areas of criminal justice, law, and law enforcement that suit the needs of those areas, such as fish and game management or criminology. Some do not restrict students from other areas from applying, but they tend to give preference to local students. As a result, you should consider asking schools and law enforcement organizations in your area about their opportunities for students. In general, these do not pay out quite as much as scholarships with larger coverage areas, but every dollar in grants and scholarships is a dollar you will not have to pay back later after completing your degree.

Key Criminal Justice Scholarships

Wade H. Stroud Scholarship

The Wade H. Stroud Scholarship is typical of criminal justice scholarships for students at a particular college, and is targeted at students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Applicants must be part of the school’s criminal justice program and have a GPA of at least 2.5. Students must write a personal statement about their intended career goals and provide at least three letters of recommendation. The scholarship is primarily targeted at students currently starting their criminal justice program, as applicants must have at least two terms of their studies remaining. The monetary reward is $800.

Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship is a typical state-level scholarship for students interested in law enforcement and criminal justice, and is offered by the premier law enforcement organization in the state. Students applying for this scholarship should have a passion for law enforcement and participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Targeted at students in high school or pursuing undergraduate degrees, this scholarship requires students to be committed to a law enforcement career and be members of the association. Students who are not members can still apply, but must enclose a membership application as well. The monetary reward is $500.

Directory of Criminal Justice Scholarships

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  1. Frederick T. Bonham Law Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Location

    1505 West Cumberland Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37996

    Contact Info

    (865) 974-4131

    Additional Information

    Deadline: November 1 (priority)
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: College freshman
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Selection is based upon outstanding academic performance. Financial need and extracurricular activities are considered.
  2. John W. Green Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Location

    1505 West Cumberland Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37996

    Contact Info

    (865) 974-4131

    Additional Information

    Deadline: January 15
    Study Areas: law
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: 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.
  3. Robert J. Emery Student Support Fund
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    Sponsored by University of Oklahoma

    Location

    Law Center
    300 Timberdell Road, Room 221
    Norman, OK 73019

    Contact Info

    (405) 325-4726

    Additional Information

    Deadline: September 1
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: Applicant must be a second-year student and demonstrate superior academic performance and financial need.
  4. E.W. Costello Entrance Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Calgary

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    Deadline: May 1
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Selection is based upon academic record, LSAT score, maturity, extracurricular activities, work experience, and community involvement. No application required. Award is in Canadian dollars.
  5. LSAT Scholarship
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    Sponsored by Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    Location

    2121 San Diego Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92100

    Contact Info

    (619) 297-9700

    Additional Information

    Deadline: None
    Study Areas: law
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: 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.
  6. Trustees' Scholarship
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    Sponsored by Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    Location

    2121 San Diego Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92100

    Contact Info

    (619) 297-9700

    Additional Information

    Deadline: None
    Study Areas: law
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: 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.
  7. Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

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    Deadline: April 1
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: Applicant must be a member of JACL. Selection is based upon personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and community involvement.
  8. Law School Scholarship
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    Sponsored by Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

    Contact Info

    (213) 629-2512

    Additional Information

    Deadline: June 30
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Other postgraduate-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: 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.
  9. Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey Foundation

    Location

    c/o Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow
    Union County Prosecutor?s Office
    Elizabeth, NJ 07202

    Contact Info

    (856) 225-8466

    Additional Information

    Deadline: June 15
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: College freshman
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: 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.
  10. Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey Foundation

    Location

    c/o Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow
    Union County Prosecutor?s Office
    Elizabeth, NJ 07202

    Contact Info

    (856) 225-8466

    Additional Information

    Deadline: June 15
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: College freshman
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: 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.
  11. Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey Foundation

    Location

    c/o Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow
    Union County Prosecutor?s Office
    Elizabeth, NJ 07202

    Contact Info

    (856) 225-8466

    Additional Information

    Deadline: June 15
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: College freshman, College sophomore, College junior, College senior
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: 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.
  12. James F. Connolly Congressional Information Service Scholarship
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    Sponsored by American Association of Law Libraries

    Contact Info

    (312) 939-4764 ext. 210

    Additional Information

    Deadline: April 1
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: 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.
  13. Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship
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    Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

    Location

    200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Contact Info

    (612) 492-7000

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 31
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: Applicant must be a minority student who is currently enrolled in the first year of law school.
  14. Virgil Hawkins Fellowship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

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    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: 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.
  15. Lake Lytal Jr. African-American Student Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an African-American demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  16. Benedict A. Silverman Minority Tuition Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering law student demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  17. Airth, Sisler, Clayton, & Warren Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering law student.
  18. Ralph R. Bailey Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

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    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study, Doctoral-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: 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.
  19. Guy W. Botts Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

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    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study, Doctoral-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student.
  20. Dan Bradley Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study, Doctoral-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: Selection is based upon academic merit and financial need.
  21. Frank E. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Selection is based upon academic achievement; preference is given to Florida residents.
  22. Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith, & Cutler Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student.
  23. Judge George C. Carr Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student.
  24. Irving Cypen Freshman Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: N
    Requirements: Awarded to student who earns the highest GPA during first year of law study.
  25. Darrey A. Davis Memorial Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must have completed one year of law school and have demonstrated interest in public service and high ethical standards of the profession. Law GPA in the top 25% required.
  26. Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student.
  27. Gray, Harris, & Robinson Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

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    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student.
  28. Evelyn F. Hartman Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

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    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student. Selection is based upon academic merit.
  29. Holland & Knight Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student. Selection is based upon academic merit.
  30. Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen, & Ginsburg Tuition Scholarship
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    Sponsored by University of Florida

    Location

    2070 Weimer Hall
    ,

    Contact Info

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 15
    Study Areas: Law
    Enrollment Level: Master's-level study
    Renewable: Y
    Requirements: Applicant must be an entering student who is a Sarasota County resident. Selection is based upon academic merit and financial need.
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