Zolton Ferency Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is being provided in honor of the late Professor Zolton Ferency in recognition of his contributions to the criminal justice profession during his 20 years of affiliation with Michigan State University.  One of the best known figures in Michigan politics, Zolton Ferency was a tireless fighter for human rights.  Never settling for the status quo, Ferency ran for governor, State Supreme Court and State Senate.  He was elected Ingham County Commissioner in 1980 and to the East Lansing City Council in 1991.  In 1963 Ferency was elected chairperson of the State Democratic Party, and in 1970 he helped found the Human Rights Party.

This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the MSU College of Social Science, School of Criminal Justice.  In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the School employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:

  • Recipients must be outstanding undergraduate or graduate students, who are in good academic standing.
  • Recipients must have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to achieve educational and professional goals.
  • The recipient will be selected on the basis of financial need, as determined by the University.

*Applications accepted until the last Friday in February for the following academic year*

The 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 and submit the scholarship application. Submit 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. Submit a copy of the financial aid award notification to demonstrate financial need.

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 scholarship application and supporting documents to:

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

*Applications accepted until the last Friday in February for the following academic year*