Guide to National and State Scholarships

Use this directory to find criminal justice scholarships that are right for you using a variety of filter criteria. Some scholarships are only available to certain segments of the population, like high school students, or conversely, only available to those who are a certain number of years into their criminal justice degree programs, so take advantage of the sorting options below to customize your search.

For example, choose the minimum GPA for the scholarship and display only those scholarships for which you qualify. You can also choose what sort of sponsorship the displayed scholarships have, such as school-sponsored scholarships and state-sponsored scholarships, to ensure you receive the available funds at your school. If you are only interested in renewable scholarships, you can also sort those out. Finally, you can filter based on ethnicity, as many scholarships are only available to those of a certain ethnic heritage.

You can find other criminal justice scholarships online by using search engines and approaching colleges you would like to go to. Some employers may also be willing to sponsor your studies in an offline or online criminal justice program. However, this resource is designed to save you time and effort by compiling some of the top criminal justice scholarships in one place.

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Most scholarships for criminal justice majors focus on students who have already finished an undergraduate degree, who intend to use their criminal justice degrees to pursue graduate-level law programs. Many of these are scholarships are targeted towards students of a particular ethnicity. Others focus on serving students in a particular area of law, such as media law or domestic violence. There are other opportunities available for students who do not meet these requirements, however, so do not worry if you do not meet these criteria. Students interested in other specializations, such as law librarianship, criminology and law enforcement can also find funding opportunities online, though there are fewer of these.

Many of these scholarships are offered at the state or local level, rather than the national level, so start your search by filtering for your geographic location. Some counties provide scholarships for students who are interested in pursuing areas of criminal justice, law, and law enforcement that suit the needs of those areas, such as fish and game management or criminology. Some do not restrict students from other areas from applying, but they tend to give preference to local students. As a result, you should consider asking schools and law enforcement organizations in your area about their opportunities for students. In general, these do not pay out quite as much as scholarships with larger coverage areas, but every dollar in grants and scholarships is a dollar you will not have to pay back later after completing your degree.

Key Criminal Justice Scholarships

Wade H. Stroud Scholarship

The Wade H. Stroud Scholarship is typical of criminal justice scholarships for students at a particular college, and is targeted at students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Applicants must be part of the school’s criminal justice program and have a GPA of at least 2.5. Students must write a personal statement about their intended career goals and provide at least three letters of recommendation. The scholarship is primarily targeted at students currently starting their criminal justice program, as applicants must have at least two terms of their studies remaining. The monetary reward is $800.

Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship is a typical state-level scholarship for students interested in law enforcement and criminal justice, and is offered by the premier law enforcement organization in the state. Students applying for this scholarship should have a passion for law enforcement and participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Targeted at students in high school or pursuing undergraduate degrees, this scholarship requires students to be committed to a law enforcement career and be members of the association. Students who are not members can still apply, but must enclose a membership application as well. The monetary reward is $500.

Directory of Criminal Justice Scholarships