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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.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: September 17, Annually
Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s Novel, Atlas Shrugged, for College Students (Graduate and Undergraduate) and 12th Graders/HTMLCHUNK_4/ First Prize: $10,000 3 Second Prizes: $2,000 5 Third Prizes: $1,000 20 Finalists: $100 20 Semifinalists: $50 All information necessary to enter the contest is contained on our [...] More

COAG Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
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./HTMLCHUNK_4/ The criteria for the award include: - Presenting a letter of acceptance or letter of [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:/HTMLCHUNK_4/ - Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment - Be a United States citizen - Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis Application forms are only available through the high schools in the [...] More

North Carolina Sheriffs Association
Application Deadlines: Varies
Applicants must be undergraduate students majoring in Criminal Justice, a NC resident for tuition purposes, and enrolled full time. One scholarship is given for a student at each UNC constituent institution that has a criminal justice degree program./HTMLCHUNK_4/ For more information about this opportunity, please visit our [...] More

SFSB - David E. Maccianti Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
Established by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Association, this scholarship is available to students pursuing a career in law enforcement. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ Applicants must: - have attended school in Santa Barbara County, California, for grades 7-12. - be pursuing a career in law enforcement. - be in need of financial assistance as verified by federal tax returns. For more information, [...] More

Islamic Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 12, Annually
ISF’s goal is to encourage Muslim students to pursue a college or post-graduate degrees in humanities, social sciences, liberal arts and law through awarding annual scholarships of $1000-$10,000 to deserving students./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Eligibility Scholarships are awarded to Muslim students who have been accepted to top- ranked four-year colleges and universities for undergraduate and post-graduate [...] More

Out To Protect Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 03, Annually
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. Our goal is to support individuals who are positive role models in law enforcement and who are "out" to their peers. We believe that by exposing law [...] More

Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
Please read fully, and do not send postal mail, use our web form at the website for asking for more information and getting a quicker answer. Also, please review other scholarships we have on our website./HTMLCHUNK_4/ The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship provides $1,000 in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star [...] More

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) awards a 2 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:/HTMLCHUNK_4/ • A 3.0 (B) average upon completing the 2 year high school component. • A 90% attendance rate throughout the high school component. • No [...] More

The David E. Whitmire Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
The David E. Whitmire Scholarship fund was created in 1999 by various members of the Whitmire family to honor the life and career of David E. Whitmire. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ Scholarship Criteria: 1. Must be a full-time or part-time student 2. Must be a Graduate or Undergraduate Student at an accredited four-year university in the United States 3. Must have at least a 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point [...] More

HEEF Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 21, Annually
The Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarships are intended to provide support for graduating Orange County high school seniors or transfer students interested in pursuing a career in any facet of law enforcement. The scholarship may be used for any general educational expense and may be renewed upon a successful re-application process. Please see site for complete scholarship [...] More

NBPA Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: May 18, Annually
The National Black Police Association is seeking to enhance higher educational opportunities among qualified graduates. It is our desire that through this financial award a student (male or female) might be afforded the opportunity to have higher educational training in the academics of law enforcement, or other related areas, for the betterment of the Criminal Justice system. All entries will [...] More

ACJA LAE National Student Paper Competition
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The National Student Paper Competition is open to any degree-seeking student enrolled in an academic program at either the undergraduate or graduate level who is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Membership applications may accompany entries. Those with terminal degrees are not eligible. All entries must be original papers which deal with issues and [...] More

WIFLE Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The WIFLE Foundation (WIFLE) is an organization whose goal is to achieve gender equity within federal law enforcement through the recruitment, retention and promotion of qualified women in law enforcement, and to develop an information-sharing and support network for all women in law enforcement. In July 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics announced that as of [...] More

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
This award is presented in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to commemorate his belief that progress is best achieved through cooperation rather than conflict, participation rather than partisanship, and compassion and understanding rather than hatred and prejudice./HTMLCHUNK_4/ The scholarship is awarded to minority nominees who have demonstrated a need and a willingness to [...] More

Sheryl A. Horak Law Enforcement Explorer Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
This merit-based award involves a $1,000, one-time scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded depends upon 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./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Any law enforcement Explorer who is at least in the 12th grade may apply. Candidates will be [...] More

Master Corporal Ronald G. Williams, Jr. Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
This scholarship will be given to a H.S. senior pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice full-time. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ Applicants will be required to write an essay on why he/she wants to be a Law Enforcement officer. (Open to H.S. students in the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey & Pennsylvania) Scholarship open March 1 - May [...] More

Indiana Sheriffs Association Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship:/HTMLCHUNK_4/ - All applicants must be Indiana residents - All applicants must be committed to pursuing an education and career in a law enforcement field at an Indiana college or university - All applicants must be a member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a member of the association - All applicants [...] More

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