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Criminal Justice Scholarships

If you want to be the next Johnnie Cochran, J. Edgar Hoover or Inspector Gadget, you’re going to need an education. (Gadget didn’t mention college, but anyone with secret leg springs must have had some training.)

Those seeking a degree in law will obviously need several years of schooling. For those more interested in the police force, requirements may vary. Some departments will only require a high school degree; others make an undergraduate education a must. In both cases, a postsecondary education is recommended. If you want to keep your options open or hope to move up in the ranks, chances are, additional schooling will be a factor.

As you probably already know, college can be quite costly. Even those who receive federal grants may be in need of further financial assistance. Before giving up and settling for a quick fix in the form of student loans, students should apply for financial aid in the form of criminal justice scholarships. Numerous schools and outside providers offer criminal justice scholarships especially created for students who need help paying for their education.

At Scholarships.com, students can access information about more than 2.7 million scholarships and grants. By conducting a free scholarships search, they can find criminal justice scholarships as well as other scholarship awards they will be eligible to receive based on different criteria. Financial aid is available...you just have to make the first move.

Captain James J. Regan Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the association is to develop the professionalism of the members by furthering their skills and knowledge
    in the areas of technical surveillance, law enforcement, and forensic activities through the offering of special training, the
    interagency exchange of ideas and experiences, and assistance in the implementation of new techniques and equipment
    in the law enforcement [...] More

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/9/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) awards a two-year scholarship for cadets of the four-year program (two years in high school and two in college). Students must meet or exceed the following requirements to be eligible:

    -A 3.0 (B) average upon completing the two-year high school component
    -A 90% attendance rate throughout the high school component
    -No Driving [...] More

Chief Gary R. Cline Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Chief Gary R. Cline Memorial Scholarship is in honor of late Chief Gary R. Cline, who served the Merchantville Police Department. The course of study must be related to law enforcement. Must be a registered member of the graduating high school class of application year and must be eligible to receive his/her High school diploma prior to September 1. Must be a registered student in any [...] More

COAG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Any Georgia high school senior (or a GED equivalency) who is a United States citizen graduating by the spring of the current academic year or any Georgia student currently enrolled in a school of accredited higher education located in Georgia is eligible to apply for a COAG scholarship. Applicants must present a letter of acceptance or enrollment from a school of accredited higher education [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. To apply for the George A. [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Our belief is that fostering education and improving Muslim representation in all walks of life including media and politics will lead to full integration and [...] More

Lincoln Legal Professionals Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Lincoln Legal Professionals Association members share a common interest in promoting continuing professionalism in the legal field. The Association is offering a scholarship to a Nebraska high school or college student who wishes to further his or her education in the legal support field at an institution of higher education and who carries a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

    Upon proof of enrollment, [...] More

Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/11/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is awarding scholarships to outstanding Middle Tennessee* students pursuing a degree in business, criminal justice, information technology, or a law-related major. One scholarship, the Donna Crutcher Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, one scholarship in the amount of $2,000, one scholarship in the amount of [...] More

NBPA Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/19/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The National Black Police Association is seeking to enhance higher education opportunities for high school seniors who are of good character and who are a U.S. citizen. A 500-word essay and recommendations must accompany the scholarship application. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. Music, sculpture, [...] More

North Carolina Sheriffs Association Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Sheriffs of North Carolina feel that the scholarship program sponsored by their Association will assist prospective personnel for Sheriff's Offices as well as other law enforcement agencies across the state.

    Twelve scholarships are offered each year to full-time North Carolina resident undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice, one for each UNC constituent institution that has a [...] More

Out To Protect Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Out To Protect offers a law enforcement scholarship for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or straight ally and who are pursuing a career in law enforcement by putting themselves through a basic training program. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a basic law enforcement training program in the United States (sponsored or self-sponsored) and demonstrate being [...] More

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/29/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The scholarship provides an opportunity for students to advance their education and anti-fraud career paths. Many of these outstanding and deserving students go on to become Certified Fraud Examiners.

    Eligibility:
    -Undergraduates must be enrolled 9 semester hours (or equivalent) per term
    -Graduates must be enrolled 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term
    -Be currently enrolled at an [...] More

Sheryl A. Horak Law Enforcement Explorer Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • This merit-based award involves a one-time scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent on the yield of the endowment. The award also includes a plaque and pin. The recognition will be presented at the national law enforcement explorer conference or a local ceremony.

    Any law enforcement explorer who is at least in the 12th grade may apply. Candidates will be evaluated according [...] More

Vermont Police Association Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Ther Vermont Police Association created this scholarship in memory of one of its past presidents, Erwin Bugbee of the Bellows Falls Police Department.

    Eligibility:
    - Attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell Grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans)
    - Seeking a degree in law enforcement
    - Demonstrate financial aid

    For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

WIFLE Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • WIFLE Foundation, Inc. and Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc. (both known as WIFLE) are organizations with a goal to achieve gender equity within federal law enforcement through the recruitment, retention, and promotion of qualified women. WIFLE offers several scholarships to talented individuals to meet the demands in the field of law enforcement and to foster the professional development of [...] More

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Last Reviewed: March 2019