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Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award


June 01, 2018

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The scholarship is awarded to minority nominees who have demonstrated a need and a willingness to continue an educational mission toward a college education or graduate training related to a career in the criminal justice field.

    All nominees must describe in a short essay (250 words, double-spaced) their reflections on the ideals and philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, and how they have attempted to emulate these qualities in their lives.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
  • Contact
  • Scholarship Committee
  • 206 N. Washington Street
  • Suite 200
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • jenniferb@aca.org
  • tel: 703-224-0000
  • fax: 703-224-0179

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Kristen Hathcock  on 3/11/2018 6:16:01 PM

I didn't apply because I think there may be more deserving applicants than myself. I am a proud African American, single mother of two beautiful children in school online for my PhD in Public Service Leadership with a specialization in Criminal Justice. I've worked as a Correctional Officer, Social Services Case Manager, and Teacher (former teacher of the year also 2014-2015). I taught career and technical education in a Pre-Academy of Public Service at the Middle School Level before being promoted to a Behavior Interventionist and then promoted to my current role as a Business Liaison serving as a bridge between the schools in my district and businesses (locally, nationally, and internationally) that desire to partner with career academies at the high schools to increase soft and technical skills within students. This gives me great joy to see the students gain real world, relevant experience and often times job offers along with industry certifications making them employable and sought after by companies throughout the state of Florida. My passion is to become a tenured research professor exploring ways to reduce crime while influencing policy and minority resiliency. This site is great and I pray your work continues so that others can be given the opportunity to excel in the field of Criminal Justice. I'm hoping to research how career and technical education can be a tool to reduce crime through the constant engagement of pro-social mechanisms that deter adolescents from crime commission.

Frederica C  on 2/25/2016 11:46:44 AM

My name is Frederica Clemmons, I'm a single mother of a six year old and a 3 week old and I'm tired of being told no!! For as long as I can remember I've always been told what I can't do or what I'm limited to and its time that I take my life and make it better for not only me but my babies showing them that no matter what road blocks that are in you way they can still be whom ever they want to be and always to aim high. I am going into getting my AS Criminal Justice to start and go into my BS and start my career in CSI. I always seen myself in one or the other careers either saving lives becoming a nurse or find out what happen to a victim as a CSI agent, either way I will be helping people. I've always looked at myself to be a servant to the people to help in any way I can and becoming a advocate for one who can't speak for themselves will be the highlight of my life. Receiving this money will help me with tuition and fees please and thank you for this opportunity.

Rochelle M  on 5/13/2015 4:28:31 PM

I am a returning 56 year old student. In my early years, I was a teenage mom, then a abused wife, single parent and after many years a caretaker of a sick parent. When my parent finally got a clear diagnosis, I ran to the last college I attended and registered for school. I am loving every minute of all the challenges of being a "old school" student. So much has changed even the amount of money a student can receive during the years of educations. Unfortunately, my funds are exhausted and a scholarship would really be what I need to continue my dream of one day obtaining my masters degree in Criminal Justice. With this degree I plan to work in the Correctional System to help with the process of helping criminals realize that it is possible to rehabilitate.

controius s  on 12/18/2013 1:53:17 PM

I am a minority entering the field of criminal justice system, looking forward to pursuing my dreams in becoming a prosecutor. I am pursuing this field due to the worthless acts of violence that has plagued my community for numerous of years now. As of now, money for schooling is limited and with this scholarship I would be able to not only educate myself, but continue my life long goal in cleaning up my community.

Brittney H  on 5/9/2011 12:47:58 AM

Being a student is hard as it is, but I would never give up the fight for pursue me goals and dreams, I am very disappointed to see that only students that attended a four year college can apply for the scholarship. I hope that next time this scholarship will be available to community college students as well.

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