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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.)

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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: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The National Technical Investigator’s Association Captain James J. Reagan Memorial Scholarship awards two merit-based scholarships annually. Applicants must be law enforcement Explorers who are high school seniors or attending an accredited college program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2023
  • 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). Eligible applicants must: apply during their high school sophomore year; have a 2.3 GPA; good attendance (80% and above); complete an online application; complete a Program Consent Form; possess a valid state ID or driver’s [...] More

Don Schmidt Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/4/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The OPRA Foundation annually awards continuing education scholarships to students and professionals who exemplify the future of our profession and wish to further their education in the field of parks, recreation, and leisure studies. The scholarship may be broken into two categories; conference fees and lodging. The primary use of this scholarship is for attendance to the OPRA Conference & Trade [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • 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: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community, enrolled at an accredited university by [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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 (and a US citizen). 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. [...] More

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/6/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship provides an opportunity for students to advance their education in anti-fraud career paths. Applicants must be enrolled 9 semester hours (or equivalent) per term if undergraduate or 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term if graduate level. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited, four-year college or university with enrollment throughout [...] More

Sheryl A. Horak Law Enforcement Explorer Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • In 1985, 15-year-old Sheryl Ann Horak joined Bettendorf Police Department Explorer Post No. 9611 in Iowa. She participated in a wide range of post activities over the next two years, rising to the rank of lieutenant. On August 14, 1987, a fund was created by Lt. Kim Adamson of the West Valley City, Utah, police department to memorialize Sheryl's contribution to law enforcement Explorers and to [...] More

SVCF Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship was established in memory of Police Chief Harold "Hal" Johnson to provide financial support to students who plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. This scholarship honors Hal's 29 year law enforcement career, which began in Sacramento, California, in 1955. He chose his career after serving honorably as a [...] More

Vermont Police Association Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Vermont Police Association created this scholarship for Vermont students seeking a degree in law enforcement. Eligible applicants must attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell Grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans), as well as demonstrate financial aid. Recipients are notified by May 1. The type of school you will attend (accredited school approved for federal [...] More

WIFLE Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/3/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • WIFLE offers several scholarships to talented individuals to meet demands in the field of law enforcement and to foster the professional development of those engaged in Law Enforcement. The dollar amount of each scholarship will vary based on numerous factors. Scholarship Awards may be renewable on subsequent applications. WIFLE scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic potential, [...] More
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