5 Scholarships for Criminal Justice Majors

Criminal Justice is a broad field that includes: law, criminal investigation, law enforcement, criminology, and other related areas. If you’re a Criminal Justice major, take a look below at just a few criminal justice scholarships available.

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George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2020

This scholarship awards minority students who have extensive law library experience. Interested in a career in law librarianship? If so, check out this opportunity.

To be eligible students must: be a graduate student at a library or law school, be defined as a minority according to the current US government guidelines, demonstrate financial need, and also qualify for another AALL educational scholarship.

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: TBD for 2021-2022

Criminal justice majors who want a career in anti-fraud should check out the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program. Along with the scholarship award, winning students also receive a year’s membership to the ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners).

To apply, students must: submit their transcript, submit two letters of recommendation, and enroll in a certain amount of credit hours per semester.

ACJA-LAE Scholarship

Amount: $100, $200, $400

Deadline: TBD for 2021

The American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon scholarship is for chapter members as well as members-at-large in good standing. Not a member yet? Students can mail in their membership application along with their scholarship entry.

Eligible students must: be enrolled in a recognized course related to Criminal Justice, have completed at least two semesters, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and also fully complete the application.

Women in Federal Law Enforcement Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1

To encourage women in the field of Criminal Justice, WIFLE offers this scholarship. There is a great emphasis on community service and dedication to the field as well, so students who apply should keep that in mind.

In order to apply, students must: be enrolled full-time at an accredited college/university, a Criminal Justice or related major, have completed at least one academic year, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, write an essay, submit a recommendation letter, and also be a U.S. citizen.

NOBLE Irlet Anderson Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 15, 2020

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives offers a number of scholarships for graduating high school seniors interested in a career in law enforcement or Criminal Justice.

Eligible students must: be accepted into an accredited academic institution, be a US citizen, demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of 3.8 or higher, submit all required documents, and also pursue a career in either law enforcement or criminal justice.

Want to find more criminal justice scholarships? In that case, look online and through scholarship databases. Otherwise, talk to your high school counselor or your college’s financial aid office. Generally, there are plenty of scholarships out there for you to apply for. There’s also no such thing as applying for too many criminal justice scholarships, as long as you meet all the requirements.

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