Top 10 Criminal Justice Scholarships: Minnesota and Beyond

Posted March 11, 2014 | By csponline


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Today’s criminal justice system has an impact on the daily lives of everyone in America. Law enforcement officers ensure that society runs smoothly, judges ensure that punishment is just when laws are violated and law enforcement agencies are devoted to the investigation and prevention of international crime. No productive society can effectively run without a strong criminal justice system, so earning your online degree in criminal justice is a great way to make a difference and serve others in your community.

At Concordia University, St. Paul, we understand the value of criminal justice professionals in our society. We want to encourage students to pursue this important career path by providing resources to them that make school more affordable. That’s why we’ve put together this list of criminal justice scholarships for Minnesota students and beyond.

Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate students who are residents of or currently attending school in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota or Wisconsin. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to peace and justice and explain how the award money will promote peace and justice for others. For more information, visit the foundation’s website here.

Out To Protect

Out To Protect Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to law enforcement recruits who are “out” as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or who are straight allies. Amounts awarded are based on funding availability, but is at least $500 and as much as $1,000 per award. For more information, visit the website.

LEO Scholarship

This scholarship assists minorities and female criminal justice students, two groups who are traditionally underrepresented in the criminal justice system. Applicants must be attending a Minnesota college. Awarded amounts generally do not exceed $1,000. An individual’s involvement in law enforcement, criminal justice or corrections along with community service and academic achievement will be taken into account. For more information, visit the website here.

Minnesota Sheriffs Association Scholarship

The Board of Directors for the Minnesota Sheriffs Association (MSA) has created a scholarship fund for prospective law enforcement officers. Up to 15 scholarships will be awarded through the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office. To qualify, applicants must be currently enrolled in a mandated peace officers skills training (POST) program, be in their second year of a two-year law enforcement program or in their third or fourth year of a four-year criminal justice program. For more information, visit the website.

Staff Sergeant Richard Eaton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is provided through the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. It provides $1,000 to recipients who are pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding and national security. For more information, visit the website here.

David E. Whitmire Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was created in 1999 by various members of the Whitmire family to honor the life and career of David E. Whitmire. Applicants must be a student of criminal justice, criminology, police administration or police science and must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Undergraduate students who wish to apply must be either a junior or senior. For more information, visit the website.

NBPA Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award

This scholarship is offered by the National Black Police Association to enhance higher education opportunities among qualified graduates. Applicants must be of good character and have a recommendation from a counselor or teacher. Applicants must also have a letter of acceptance to a college or university prior to the award date. For more information, visit the website here.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award

This scholarship is awarded to minority nominees who have demonstrated need and a willingness to complete a criminal justice education. Nomination must include proof of, acceptance by or current attendance at an undergraduate or graduate program at a four-year college, as well as demonstration of financial need and proof of academic achievement. All nominees must write an essay describing their reflections on the ideals and philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how they emulate these qualities in their everyday lives. For more information, visit here.

ACJA LAE National Student Paper Competition

This competition is open to any student who is 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. All entries must be original papers that discuss issues and problems in the areas of criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, corrections, prevention, career development or education in the criminal justice field. Papers must be at least 1,500 words and a minimum of five pages. For more information, visit the website.

WIFLE Scholarship

The Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation is an organization with the goal of achieving gender equality within federal law enforcement through the recruitment, retention and promotion of qualified women in law enforcement. The dollar amount of each scholarship will be around $2,500, but may vary. Awards may be renewable on subsequent applications. For more information, visit the website here.

Whether you’re a criminal justice system professional looking to improve your understanding and skills in the field, or looking to position yourself for leadership opportunities in criminal justice, Concordia University, St. Paul Online offers a degree for you. Our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership programs are designed to fit your schedule and take you to the next level of your career.

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