There are a myriad of scholarships and grants out there for students who need the extra help to pay for college, whether online or not. Criminal justice scholarships are only one such category of scholarships available, but they support an important social segment of society. Criminal justice professionals protect and serve our society in a variety of ways, from patrolling to forensic accounting. Below are some of the most common criminal justice scholarships that are available today.
Ritchie Jennings Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
- Named in honor of the members, Larry Jennings and Tracy Ritchie, who were both killed by terrorists while working for the Union Texas Petroleum Holdings Inc. while in Karachi, Pakistan. A members-only scholarship.
- Award amounts: one $10,000 scholarship, two $5,000 scholarships, four $2,500 scholarships and twenty-three $1,000 scholarships.
- Deadline for 2011-2012 scholarship round: January 21, 2011
- For more information on eligibility requirements, visit the ACFE website.
Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Scholarship
- Open to women pursuing a degree in law enforcement. A members-only scholarship.
- Award amounts: one winner will receive $1,500 for two consecutive years.
- Deadline for 2011-2012 scholarship round: May 2, 2011.
- For more information on eligibility requirements, visit the WIFLE website.
The Noble Nation Scholarships
Three scholarships are available for high school seniors planning on pursuing a career in the criminal justice sector.
- Irlet Anderson Scholarship; one time award amount of $5,000 and the deadline is April 1, 2011.
- Charles L. Gittens Scholarship; one time award amount of $1,500 and the deadline is April 1,2011.
- Larry Bolden Scholarship Award is given to one high school senior who shows outstanding leadership qualities at the conference city every year.
- For more information on these scholarships, visit the Noble Nation website.
University Bound Scholarship
The University-Bound Network will be hosting its first scholarship contest very soon, so keep an eye out for the announcement on the home page. The award amount will be $2,500. It will be open to ALL prospective college students, online or not, regardless of major.
These are only a few of the scholarship offerings. Criminal justice scholarships can be offered by different states, organizations and by minority status as well. Some states that offer criminal justice scholarships are Iowa, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Vermont.
The key is to look at the big ones and apply, but to NOT FORGET about the small ones. Winning three $1,000 scholarships from small foundations add up to be more than the one-time $1,500 scholarship. Keep aware of deadlines and application requirements. Be sure that the application is in ON TIME – it can even be considered on time if the post-mark date is the deadline date.
The criminal justice field has tons of professions within it. Don’t forget about accounting, paralegal, law and computer analysts as criminal justice professionals. And as such, don’t forget about such organizations and foundations dedicated to furthering that particular profession through the distribution of scholarships.