Thomas and Vicki Bernitt Endowed Scholarship

IN HONOR OF RICHARD O. BERNITT

The Thomas and Vicki Bernitt Endowed Scholarship was created in honor of Richard O. Bernitt and the legacy he created at Michigan State University.  Mr. Bernitt, who earned both his  BS (1943) and MS (1962) in Police Administration, was the Director of the Department of Public safety at Michigan State University from 1960-1986. During that time, 41 associates at the Department went on to leadership positions in public safety throughout the United States including becoming chiefs of police, Chief Counsel of the National Football League, and Director of the Secret Service. In 1982, Mr. Bernitt was named the recipient of the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award (named in honor of his former MSU baseball teammate) in recognition not only of his professional contributions to Michigan State University but also his community service.  Additionally, in 1983 he was named as Michigan State University’s Baseball Alumnus of the year.

Fund will provide tuition support.  In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the School employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:

  • Undergraduate level students majoring or enrolled in criminal justice at Michigan State University.

The School of Criminal Justice must receive applications for the Thomas and Vicki Bernitt Endowed Scholarship by the last Friday in February.  A selection committee will recommend a recipient to the Director of the School of Criminal Justice.  The recipient will be notified in writing.

Instructions for applying:

Complete the scholarship application and submit with a copy of your college transcript(s), resume and 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:

  1. One letter of recommendation from an instructor or professor familiar with your scholastic endeavors.
  2. One letter of personal reference from an individual (not a former teacher or family member) who can attest to your character.

Send documents to:

School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
Scholarship Selection Committee
Baker Hall
655 Auditorium Road Room 557
East Lansing, MI 48824-1118