Criminal Justice Scholarships

The School of Criminal Justice provides the following competitive scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.

Please click on each individual scholarship listed below for full application instructions. Funds from these scholarships are intended to offset the costs of books and tuition. Incoming freshmen must have applied to and been accepted by the university and will need to provide a copy of their high school transcripts. Awards will not exceed the estimated University cost of attendance for the year of the award.

The School of Criminal Justice must receive applications for all scholarships by the last Friday in February for the following academic year. A selection committee will recommend recipients to the director of the School of Criminal Justice. The recipients will be notified in writing by the end of Spring semester.

PLEASE NOTE: The receipt of any scholarship/fellowship may cause a reduction in a student’s financial aid package.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarships Listed Below:

Criminal Justice Community Psychology Endowment Fund

Provides tuition support and can also support publication and paper presentation, dissertation research, or grant proposal development for graduate students in criminal justice with an emphasis in ecological-community psychology.

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    The Criminal Justice Community Psychology Endowment Fund was created by Dr. Knowlton W. Johnson, the first PhD graduate of the Social Science PhD program with a Criminal Justice option and concentration in Ecological/Community Psychology. Dr. Johnson attributes much of his success to the excellent foundation in research that he received in his Social Science PhD program.

    The School of Criminal Justice must receive applications for the Criminal Justice Community Psychology Endowment 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.

    • Funds will be used to support graduate students in criminal justice whose students include an emphasis in ecological-community psychology.  Funds be used towards tuition and can support publication and paper presentation, dissertation research, or grant proposal development.
    • Preference will be given to students who have a formal cognate area of study in ecological-community psychology and/or whose outside committee faculty member is a member of the Ecological-Community Psychology program.

    Instructions for applying:

    Complete and submit the scholarship application. Submit a copy of your college transcripts. Submit an updated resume. Submit a personal letter explaining why you chose the criminal justice field, specifically with the emphasis in ecological-community psychology 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 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

DIANE M. DIPONIO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition support to women preparing for a career in law enforcement.
Applicants should be of junior or senior status.

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    The Diane M. DiPonio Memorial Scholarship was established for the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University by Angelo and Margaret DiPonio in memory of their daughter. It supports undergraduate students whose commitment to law enforcement and public service parallel Diane’s.

    The scholarship is an endowment that provides support and encouragement to students majoring in criminal justice. Awards are made annually. In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the following criteria determine the recipients:

    • Students are eligible for this award after completing a minimum of two years of study and who are entering into their third year.
    • The recipient must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
    • The recipient must possess the capacity, motivation, and initiative to realize educational and professional goals.
    • The recipient must have a demonstrable interest in a law enforcement career on the local, state or federal levels.
    • To the extent permissible by law, and in memory of DiPonio, the school will afford preference to qualified women when awarding the scholarship.

    If satisfactory academic progress and performance are evident after the first year, the scholarship may be renewed for a second year.

    Applications for the Diane M. DiPonio Memorial Scholarship must be received by the School of Criminal Justice by the last Friday in February. A selection committee will recommend a recipient to the director of the School of Criminal Justice. The director will notify the recipient in writing.

    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:

    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

    In Memoriam

    Diane M. DiPonio, an outstanding detective with the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Police Department died on August 23, 1985. She fell victim to a rare respiratory disease, against which she fought valiantly while tending to her professional responsibilities. For seven years after her initial diagnosis in 1978, she reported to work and tackled the most difficult investigations facing her department.

    Born in Detroit and raised in Salem Township, Michigan, DiPonio was a champion horse trainer and exhibitor in her youth. As a member of the Washtenaw County 4-H Program, she participated in shows throughout the state and nation. She belonged to the American Quarter Horse and Paint Horse associations and won frequent championships in the western riding, pleasure and halter classes.

    DiPonio attended MSU where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1967. She subsequently pursued a master’s in guidance and counseling at Eastern Michigan University. After completing school, she taught home economics in Livonia. Although satisfied with teaching, she sought more extensive public contact; she longed to serve people in general, especially the victimized and exploited.

    In 1970, DiPonio applied for and won a position with the Ann Arbor Police Department. She excelled, quickly becoming responsible for investigating major crimes like homicide, fraud and rape.

    DiPonio, was a vital person who inspired her colleagues, served her constituency with devotion and conducted herself with dignity. She was giving, unselfish, professional and humane. She is greatly missed by all those who knew her and whose lives she touched.

LOUIS A. RADELET GRADUATE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Provides assistantship and fellowship funding to minority graduate students in criminal justice.

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    The Louis A. Radelet Graduate Diversity Scholarship Fund was established in honor of the late Professor Louis Radelet and his many contributions to Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice.

    The purpose of this scholarship is to help attract and retain talented graduate students who will enhance program diversity. Those who worked with Radelet know personally of his deep commitment to assuring the talents and abilities of minorities develop to their fullest.

    This endowment provides financial support on an annual basis to graduate students of the College of Social Science, School of Criminal Justice. It can be awarded to one or more qualified recipients. In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the school employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:

    • Enrollment as a graduate student in the College of Social Science, School of Criminal Justice, at the time the award is activated.
    • Good academic standing as defined by the university.
    • Financial need may be considered.
    • 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:

    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

MICHAEL J. RUTHERFORD ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition support for juniors, seniors and graduate students in criminal justice.

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    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:

    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

     

    In Memoriam

    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.

PRIVATE & INDUSTRIAL SECURITY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition support for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with career interests in private and corporate security.

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    Richard Post, a 1964 alumnus of the School of Criminal Justice, and his spouse, Penelope, made a gift of land in 1986. They wished the proceeds from the sale of the gift to benefit criminal justice students with an emphasis in private and industrial security.

    The Private and Industrial Security Endowed Scholarship is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to establish educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve such goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

    Consistent with the Posts’ wishes, the School of Criminal Justice has created this endowment. It provides tuition support on an annual basis to one or more students majoring in criminal justice and pursuing a private or industrial security concentration or specialization. Recipients may reapply for the award in subsequent years. In keeping with the conditions of the award, the school employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:

    • Junior, senior or graduate student enrolled as a degree candidate on regular status that possesses promising academic and professional potential.
    • Student who shows demonstrable potential to make professional contributions to the private and/or industrial security field.

    Applications for the Private & Industrial Security Endowed Scholarship must be received by the School of Criminal Justice 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.

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

    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:

    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

SUSAN AND ROBERT C. TROJANOWICZ JUVENILE JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition support to undergraduate students preparing to enter a career in juvenile justice

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    The Susan and Robert C. Trojanowicz Juvenile Justice Scholarship honors Professor Robert C. Trojanowicz in recognition of his contributions to juvenile justice during his career at Michigan State University.

    Trojanowicz was a teacher and author dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1963 and his master’s degree in social work in 1965 at MSU. He went on to earn his doctorate in social science at MSU in 1968.

    Trojanowicz became a professor at MSU in 1969 after beginning his career as the director of Pine Lodge, a halfway house for delinquents in Lansing. His first book, “Juvenile Delinquency: Concepts and Controls” was published in 1973 and was the top selling juvenile justice textbook of 1973.

    Between 1973 and 1978 he served as assistant dean of the College of Social Science. He went on to become director for the School of Criminal Justice for 12 years (1976-1977 and 1980-1991). In 1994 he received the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award. Trojanowicz passed away February 11, 1994, at the age of 52.

    This scholarship is to be 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:

    • Recipient must be an undergraduate with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and who is interested in juvenile justice, with special consideration to be given to those applicants who have demonstrated interest in delinquency prevention.
    • Recipient must have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to achieve educational and professional goals.

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

    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

THOMAS AND VICKI BERNITT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition support for undergraduate students in criminal justice interested in a law enforcement career at the local, state or federal level.

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    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

TODD C. MAYBERRY CRIMINAL JUSTICE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Provides tuition support for a student who is a CJ major at MSU who will be entering their senior year (final year of study at MSU) and interested in law enforcement career.

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    The Todd C. Mayberry Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a CJ major at MSU who will be entering their senior year (final year of study at MSU) and interested in law enforcement career. The recipients of this scholarship should exemplify the same principles Todd C. Mayberry embodied and honor him by being a productive and successful addition to the law enforcement community.

    The School of Criminal Justice must receive applications for the Todd C. Mayberry Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship Fund 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 and submit the scholarship application. Submit a copy of your transcripts. Submit an updated resume. Submit a personal letter explaining why you chose the criminal justice field, specifically with the emphasis in law enforcement 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 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

TOURNAMENT OF FRIENDSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

Provides support for tuition and textbooks for undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice. It is designed to promote multicultural diversity and preference is given to Michigan residents.

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    Captain James A. Carter of the Michigan Department of State Police established this scholarship generated by the Tournament of Friendship. The tournament is an annual golf event held for the purpose of promoting and fostering positive relations between members of law enforcement and minority communities.

    The Tournament of Friendship Scholarship is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals and who have the initiative to seek opportunities to further advance their progress.

    This scholarship is awarded to minority students pursuing a degree in the field of criminal justice. In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the school employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:

    • Undergraduate or graduate level criminal justice student enrolled full- or part-time, and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    • Student must be a resident in the state of Michigan.
    • The recipient will be selected on the basis of financial need, as determined by the university.
    • The recipient must possess the capacity, motivation and initiative to realize educational and professional goals.

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

    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

WALTER E. BOTHE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition assistance to graduate or undergraduate students pursuing careers in law enforcement.

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    The Walter E. Bothe Memorial Scholarship was established by Mary Ann Petree for Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice in honor of the memory, achievements and vitality of her brother.

    The memorial scholarship is intended to encourage students of law enforcement who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

    The Bothe scholarship is an endowment that provides tuition support on an annual basis to students majoring in criminal justice with an interest in law enforcement. The recipient may reapply for the award in subsequent years. In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the school employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:

    • Undergraduate or graduate level student enrolled full- or part-time who has a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    • The recipient should have a demonstrable interest in a law enforcement career on the local, state or federal level.
    • The recipient must possess the capacity, motivation and initiative to realize educational and professional goals.

    Applications for the Walter E. Bothe Memorial Scholarship must be received by the School of Criminal Justice 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.

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

    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:

    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

WANDA DANETTE STOKES SPANN SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition support for freshmen in criminal justice.

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    The Wanda Stokes Spann Scholarship in Criminal Justice was established by Charles Spann in memory of his wife, Wanda Danette Stokes Spann.

    Wanda graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1976 at age 16 and entered the Criminal Justice program at Michigan State University. She graduated from from Michigan State University in 1980 with honors, and began work at Cobb County Pretrial Court Services the same year. She was appointed to Director of Pretrial Court Services in 1983 by the Cobb Superior Court Judges Council, making her the county’s first African American department head and youngest department head in the county’s history at only 23 years of age. Wanda really loved helping people. She earned many awards for her distinguished work performance and community service, as she was a very strong proponent of both giving back and getting everyone out to vote. Wanda loved interior decorating, traveling, and spending time with family.

    This scholarship is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. In keeping with the conditions of the scholarship, the School employs the following criteria when selecting a recipient:

    • Recipients must be incoming freshman in the School of Criminal Justice.
    • The recipient will be selected on the basis of financial need, as determined by the university.
    • The recipient must possess the capacity, motivation, and initiative to realize educational and professional goals.

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

    Instructions for applying:

    Complete and submit the scholarship application. Submit with a copy of your high school transcripts. 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:

    1. One letter of personal reference from an individual (can not be a family member) who can attest to your character.
    2. Please provide the MSU financial aid award letter.
    3. Please provide a copy of your high school transcript.

    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

ZOLTON FERENCY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Provides tuition and/or assistantship funding to graduate or undergraduate students in criminal justice.

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    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*