The Michael J. Rutherford Endowed Scholarship was established by Jack D. and Marilyn Rutherford for Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice in honor of the memory, achievements and vitality of their beloved son.
The scholarship is enduring and perpetual. The endowment provides tuition support to students majoring in criminal justice. The recipient may continue to enjoy the benefits of the scholarship annually provided academic progress and performance are evident. The scholarship, then, is renewable for a second year. Awards are made annually. In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the school employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:
- Junior, senior or graduate-level criminal justice student enrolled full- or part-time with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- The recipient must possess the capacity, motivation and initiative to realize educational and professional goals.
Instructions for applying:
Complete and submit the scholarship application. Submit with a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial printout from StuInfo is recommended). Submit an updated resume. Submit a personal letter explaining why you chose the criminal justice field and the career you wish to pursue after graduation.
YOU MUST ALSO ARRANGE TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING LETTERS OF REFERENCE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE:
- One letter of recommendation from an instructor or professor familiar with your scholastic endeavors.
- One letter of personal reference from an individual (not a former teacher or family member) who can attest to your character.
Send scholarship application and supporting documents to:School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
Scholarship Selection Committee
655 Auditorium Road Room 557
East Lansing, MI 48824-1118
Michael J. Rutherford died a young man, a victim of a senseless crime. His family and friends suffered, but hope for the day when such pain will no longer afflict innocents.