The fields of criminal justice and sociology may seem to be quite different from each other, but they share some important commonalities. A major connection between the two is the concern for and study of human behavior. Listed below are 50 scholarships for criminal justice and sociology students that provide assistance to students looking to become educated in human behavior, social justice, law enforcement, or another social science such as religion. The scholarships are varied–some are for undergraduates and some are for graduates; others are for different types of minorities; and others are more general and wide open. All students looking for financial assistance to help ease the financial burden of getting a criminal justice or sociology degree should be able to find some opportunities here.
1. ACJA/Lambda Delta Epsilon Scholarship
Offered by the American Criminal Justice Association, this scholarship is for undergraduate or graduate students who are studying criminal justice. Students must be ACJA/LAE members, but if they are not already members they may submit membership at the time of application. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and have completed at least two semesters or three quarters of their education. Scholarships are for $100 to $400 and applications are due March 1st.
ACJA/Lambda Delta Epsilon Scholarship Link
2. American Society of Criminology Fellowships for Ethnic Minorities
Offered by the American Society of Criminology, this $6,000 scholarship is for African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, or Native Americans. Recipients must have been accepted into a doctoral program in order to apply. Recipients are selected based on a number of factors, including transcripts, financial need, references, and interest in criminology. The deadline for the application is March 1st.
American Society of Criminology Fellowships for Ethnic Minorities Scholarship Link
3. Chairman Emeritus Award
This scholarship is offered by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Applicants must be nominated by a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice in order to be eligible for the award. The monetary amount of the award varies, and the application is due May 15th.
Chairman Emeritus Award Scholarship Link
4. Florence Young Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, offered by the Association of American Indian Affairs, is only for students who are attending school full-time and are residents of the continental U.S. or Alaska. Award winners receive $1,500 to use toward educational expenses. Applicants must submit their applications by June 13th.
Florence Young Memorial Scholarship Link
5. Gene Carte Student Paper Competition
Offered by the American Society of Criminology, this scholarship is only for undergraduate or graduate students who are attending school full-time. Students must submit an essay on a topic directly related to criminology as well as a letter signed by a dean or department chair. Winners receive $200 to $1,000, and first place winners also receive a travel award. The application is due April 15th.
Gene Carte Student Paper Competition Scholarship Link
6. Jonathon Jasper Wright Award
This scholarship is provided by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Applicants must be nominated by someone who is a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Award recipients have the opportunity to be involved in making policy change. The monetary award amount varies and the application deadline is May 15th.
Jonathon Jasper Wright Scholarship Link
7. Richard McGrath Memorial Fund Award
This scholarship is only for students who are active members of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Applicants must have attended at least one regional meeting and be majoring in criminal justice. Winners receive funds to attend the national conference and the scholarship application is due by December 1st.
Richard McGrath Memorial Fund Scholarship Link
8. Student Paper Competition
This $50 to $100 scholarship is for undergraduate or graduate students who are members of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Applicants must submit an original paper on criminology, law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, corrections, prevention, planning and evaluation, or career development and education in the field of criminal justice. Applicants who are not already members of ACJA/LAE may apply for membership when they submit their paper, which is due January 31st.
Student Paper Competition Scholarship Link
9. William L. Hastie Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who have been nominated for the award by a current member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. The scholarship was created to honor the first African American appointed to the bench in 1937. The monetary award amount varies and applications are due by May 15th.
William L. Hastie Scholarship Link
10. Thurgood Marshall Scholarship
Offered by the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, this scholarship is for individuals who demonstrate academic excellence as well as financial need. Students should be pursuing a bachelor’s degree and be majoring either in criminal justice or a closely related field. Winners receive $2,000 to help with educational expenses and applicants should submit their application, along with a $1,000-word essay, by March 25th.
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Link