Susan And Robert C. Trojanowicz Juvenile Justice Scholarship

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.


  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