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Criminal justice is a broad field that encompasses law enforcement, forensics, corrections, border patrol, probation, and much more. Those pursuing a career in criminal justice will need to earn an undergraduate and/or graduate degree, or certifications. To offset the cost, here are eight scholarships to help fund your degree:

  1. WIFLE Scholarship
    This scholarship was designed to encourage women to pursue a career in federal law enforcement. Applicants must be enrolled in, or be transferring to, a four-year program in criminal justice/criminology, social sciences, law/legal services, or law enforcement/police administration. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the community through volunteer community service or an internship in a law enforcement agency.
    Amount awarded: $2,500
  2. My Alarm Center’s Scholarship Program
    If you are currently studying law enforcement, law, criminal justice, or a related field, you are eligible to submit a security-focused essay for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to put toward your college tuition. Applicants must be an undergraduate student attending a university or a four-year college.
    Amount awarded: $1,000
  3. Murray Rossen Criminal Justice Scholarship Challenge
    This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student inspired to enter the criminal justice field, whether through the practice of law, paralegal studies, law enforcement, corrections, forensics, etc. Applicants must create a video telling us how they plan to use their education and skills to rock the criminal justice world.
    Amount awarded: $1,000
  4. Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship
    Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student, currently enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university (or equivalent) with a declared major or minor in accounting or criminal justice.
    Amount awarded: $1,000
  5. Newell S. Rand Jr. Memorial Scholarships
    This award will be given to a student pursuing a degree in one of the following areas of study: conservation law enforcement; criminal justice/police science; natural resource management; park management or administration. Application requirements include: three letters of recommendation, a one-page essay explaining why this scholarship is desired, and a summary of school and community service activities that exhibit the applicant’s leadership and character.
    Amount awarded: $1,000
  6. Law Enforcement Family Member Scholarship
    This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited university. The student must have a family member (such as a parent, spouse or sibling) who is or was an active duty member of law enforcement.
    Amount awarded: $1,000
  7. Kush Arora Federal Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship
    This scholarship will award $500 to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated a thoughtful, well-reasoned view of whether certain laws and criminal justice policies are just or unjust. Applicants must attend a university, a four-year college or two-year college.
    Amount awarded: $500
  8. Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship
    This award provides financial support to students who plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections, or other criminal justice fields. The scholarship is designed to recognize students who demonstrate a passion for public service and academic potential, leadership, and financial need.
    Amount awarded: Up to $5,000

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