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The Availability of Criminal Justice Scholarships

Criminal Justice ScholarshipsAre looking for a source of criminal justice scholarships? It’s the old problem isn’t it? How do you get through college without going broke in the process or working all hours down town to pay your way. Criminal justice scholarships are available for those studying law and for those who have already majored, but the terms vary from state to state and college to college. However it has to be said that if you are applying for a scholarship you need to be able to demonstrate a high degree of ability. This is not free money for sloths.


Many scholarships are provided by professional organizations such as the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy, some are offered by colleges and yet others are given by wealthy and philanthropic individuals. In all cases the purpose of a criminal justice scholarship is to furnish you fit for future employment with a career following the obtaining of a criminal justice degree.

So where does one start? Without a doubt the best place to ask about availability of criminal justice scholarships is at the college where you intend to study or where you are already enrolled. Also you could contact the appropriate state or national organization dealing with the particular discipline you want to study. Criminal justice schools are normally a faculty within a larger university and the financial administration officers will point a potential candidate in the right direction. But don’t wait until you start your degree – start searching even before you have applied to the top criminal justice schools or colleges on your list. You could even consider an online criminal justice degree. As long it is from a fully recognized and accredited college it should make no difference to your consideration for an award.

Video – How to Apply For Criminal Justice Scholarships

The best criminal justice schools will be fully familiar with these processes and the top schools will have it as so completely routine that an applicant should find the procedure seamless. Don’t be daunted by the prospects ahead of you. If you know in your heart that you are a worthy candidate for a scholarship – then go for it. If you are a little concerned about your merits based on purely academic grounds then it may be a grant is the more suitable route for you. Again the colleges will be able to advise you fully.

Research is always a good thing to do. Use all your contacts who may have some knowledge about the systems used by the criminal justice colleges. Some may have large endowments and be wealthier than others. While this will not necessarily effect the quality of the education you’ll receive it would make sense to apply where your quest for financial assistance is more likely to be favorably heard. These things are always surrounded by rules and regulations and your personal circumstances will have to fit into these. If you are a mature student it may be that it would be better for you to study your criminal justice degree online. The choices available now are so much greater than they used to be. If you opt for that you will still be linked to a law school or college and so it should still be possible to apply for help with the fees. Do not give up at the first refusal!

Another way to crack this nut is to get a placement before you go to college. If, for example, you can persuade a legal firm to sponsor you through college that could be a way through. It might be a grant or even a loan that you will eventually repay from your salary. There are so many ways these things can be configured and sometimes they require you, the student, to take the initiative.


Extra Criminal Justice Scholarships Resources:

NC Sheriffs Association Undergraduate Criminal Justice Scholarships
Criminal Justice Scholarships

12 Responses to “The Availability of Criminal Justice Scholarships”

  1. William says:

    My friend spent the money for a degree in criminal justice. She didn’t think of trying to research scholarship programs. Instead, she qualified for a student loan, but somehow found herself paying regular tuition fees to Keiser University. She did very well and almost completed her Associate’s Degree and then fell into financial difficulty and had to drop out cause she couldn’t pay the tuition fees. That doesn’t sound right to me. Wish she would have searched for scholarship programs.

  2. Felix says:

    I have been interesting in criminal justice for quite some time but have never had the income to go to school they way I would have to in order to get a criminal justice career. This is great news and I look forward to looking into this more. Are there scholarships to become a CSI as well? Thank you for posting this information I look forward to applying finally.

  3. Gloria says:

    This was very interesting but I don’t know whether I would be more interested to be a criminal justice or a CSI. I like to solve the crime I think, more than plead the case. I also don’t like to argue and to be in the justice department I believe that is a requirement. Great blog I hope you get a lot of hits that show a lot of interest.

  4. William says:

    Criminal justice is fascinating to me and I would be extremely interested to study it. I am going to have to do some more research though and see how expensive it is before I decide that I can afford to do it. I am also thinking that I might be a little to old to start something like this and actually be able to get a career afterwards.

  5. Mae says:

    I am going to forward this web site link to my friend who is one year into an associates degree in criminal justice. Like the case of one of the readers, my friend was also attending one of the Keiser university campuses. It seems that the Keiser franchise (I think that is what these schools actually are, business franchises) is one of the largest schools offering degrees in criminal justice. But they charge lots of money.

  6. Amanda says:

    Criminal Justice is a fancy word for an attorney right? I am not an arguer and I don’t like being in front of a crowd so that is not the job for me at all. You have done a nice job with your post though and I hope that you attract a lot of interested people. Your post was done in a very professional manner and I am sorry that this just isn’t for me.

  7. Dorothy says:

    Many people who are thinking about embarking on a career in criminal justice has to be wondering what sort of job / career they want or will be able to forge. I have often wondered this myself – and I am not even considering such a career path. I seem to conjure up these ideas of a private investigator right out of one of those crime novels, but I suspect this is more fantasy than reality.

    • admin says:

      You’re right Dorothy – so many times people have a false idea of what a criminal justice career really entails. But it is a really satisfying career for all that.

  8. David says:

    Many persons have recently become interested in getting a degree in Criminal Justiceto pursue a job as a Crime Scene Investigator. If you’ve watched enough reruns of shows like CSI, NCIS, and Bones, you probably think you’re pretty well-versed in the science of forensics and crime-solving. But for the most part, these popular hit TV shows misrepresent the forensics profession in some major ways. So before you spend on tuition, be sure it’s what you want to pursue.

  9. Leticia says:

    All of you have made good points about this type of degree. But since I’m a big fan of the CSI TV franchise (all of them), and since I know of several acquaintances who have been going to a community college or technical school for a degree in criminal justice, I often wonder what further education and training they will need to become a CSI. A criminal justice degree has to be only the foundation.

  10. Leslie says:

    I’m no expert in this field, but when I think of a career in Criminal Justice, I think it is more administrative assistant or counseling advocate than the over glamorized crime scene investigator job. I think most jobs that are available to graduates tend to be in counseling centers for juveniles or those who are out on parole. Those are good jobs, especially if you can rise to the position of a P.O. – that’s power.

  11. Karen says:

    As entertaining as the CSI TV shows are, the glamorization of this type of job is doing a disservice to many persons because it is misleading them into thinking that a criminal justice degree leads directly to an entry level job of this type. I don’t think that is true. I think it takes more schooling including a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and perhaps something more. I also blame the tech schools for marketing it this way.

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