Scholarships for Students Interested in Forensics

There are quite a few majors that can lead to a career in forensics. Psychology, biology, computer science, and natural science are just a few. If you’re intending to pursue a job in this exciting sector, you will have to check out these scholarships.

AFTE Scholarship Program

Amount: $2,000

The AFTE, also known as The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, awards $2,000 to a student who is interested in forensics. Although it is only granted to you once, you are welcome to apply the following years even if you won already.

The scholarship program is open to students who are in their junior or senior year of their Bachelor’s degree or be pursuing any degree after a Bachelor’s. Of course, you should be pursuing a major with the idea you will go after a career in forensics. All applicants should have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be attending school half time or more. The application requires a form, a transcript form along with your official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. You will receive a notice that the AFTE has received all of your documents and will even often send reminders if you’re missing something, so there’s no worry involved.

Each year, the program opens on January 1st and continues until the deadline of April 1st, with an announcement of the winner made in May.

ACS Scholars Program

Amount: Varies, up to $5,000 per year

Chemistry is absolutely one field you may be majoring in if you intend to work in forensics. The ACS Scholars Program is dedicated to minority students who are pursuing a degree in chemistry and the award is renewable each year. Students can be granted up to $5,000 every year they attend school.

In order to apply for the program, you have to be a minority, an undergraduate majoring in chemistry or a chemistry related degree, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The application will request proof that you are in need of financial assistance as well as your transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and your ACT or SAT score.

Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

The Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship is awarded by the Southwestern Association of Forensics Scientists (SWAFS). The scholarship works towards encouraging students to pursue careers in forensics and awards $1,000 to the winner.

In order to be eligible for the Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship, students should be in their junior or senior year of undergraduate school and be working towards a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, Biology, or Natural Science. Students are also required to be taking 6 semester hours or more each year, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and not be related to any SWAFS Board Members or Scholarship Committee Members. The application asks for your contact information, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. You’ll also be asked about your career goals, employment history, and your educational history in forensics.

Applications are due by April 1st.

If you are interested in forensics, there is a whole world of scholarships available to you. Many can be found under your specific major, like chemistry or biology, so make sure you do a thorough search! Scholarship databases are a great place to start.

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Hilary Cairns

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