Scholarship List

Available Scholarships

The following scholarships are currently available through the College of Criminal Justice.

The 100 Club Scholarships

The following thirteen scholarships were established by the 100 Club to assist undergraduate students seeking degrees in law enforcement:

  • John R. Braniff Scholarship
  • N.M. "Mack" Brown Scholarship
  • Gordon Edge Scholarship
  • Fred Gebhardt Scholarship
  • Robert T. Herrin, Sr. Scholarship
  • H. Stuart Lang, Jr. Scholarship
  • Leroy D. Melcher Scholarship
  • Charles F. Milstead Endowed Scholarship
  • Howard D. Moon Scholarship
  • David H. Morris Scholarship
  • T.C. Morrow Memorial Scholarship
  • E. A. "Bud" Olson Memorial Scholarship
  • Charlie D. Worthen, Sr. Scholarship
  • The 100 Club Doctoral Scholarship

Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Alpha Phi Sigma-Phi Chapter Scholarship is awarded to a male or female member of the criminal justice organization who has completed 43 hours, of which 12 are in criminal justice, is enrolled in 12 semester hours, and has an overall grade point average of 3.0 with a 3.2 grade point average in criminal justice courses.

ASIS International Houston Chapter John Tullie Brady Scholarship in Security Management Studies

The John Tullie Brady Scholarship is available to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University and whose area of study is Security Studies, plans to work in the area of Industrial Security, or has a security profession and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or above.

Brandon Ashley Memorial Scholarship

The Brandon Ashley Memorial Scholarship is available to a senior majoring in criminal justice that plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5.

Shane Bennett Memorial Scholarship

The Shane Bennett Memorial Scholarship is available to a full time, minimum of 12 hours, undergraduate student in good standing Justice and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 and demonstrate financial need.

Dan Richard Beto Endowed Scholarship in Correctional Leadership

The Dan Richard Beto Endowed Scholarship is available to a full-time graduate or doctoral student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University and whose area of study is institutional or community corrections. The student must be from a foreign country and plan to teach at an institution of higher learning or work for an institutional or community corrections agency. Financial need will be a consideration, but not a determining factor.

George J. Beto Memorial Scholarship

The George J. Beto Memorial Scholarship is available to an international student or a member of a minority group (including women), who has demonstrated financial need and has satisfactorily met the standard entrance requirements established by the University. The student must be enrolled as a full-time criminal justice student at Sam Houston State University. Preference is given to especially needy students from lower-income families. Special consideration will be given to "first generation" college students. Preference will be given to undergraduate students, although graduate students will not be precluded. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Deborah Bliese Memorial Law Enforcement Endowed Scholarship

A full-time incoming freshman student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University majoring in any program within the College of Criminal Justice maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and preference will be given to a graduate from a high school in Magnolia, Texas.

James C. Boswell Memorial Scholarship

The James C. Boswell Scholarship may be granted for the fall and spring semesters to deserving undergraduate students in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University who have demonstrated financial need and who are seeking to pursue a career in law enforcement. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

Tom Broussard, Ph.D. Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Thomas Broussard Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship was established in May of 1991 by Ms. H. Pamela Schoch, the wife of the late Dr. Broussard in his memory and as a tribute to Dr. Broussard’s accomplishments in Criminal Justice. The Broussard may be granted for the fall and spring semesters to academically deserving graduate and/or undergraduate students at Sam Houston State University. Preferable a student interested in the field of probation and maintaining a 2.5 grade point average.

Susan L. Canfield Memorial Endowment Scholarship

The Susan L. Canfield Memorial Endowment Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Ms. Canfield who lost her life while trying to apprehend two prisoners. Fellow officers of the Wynne Unit resolved to establish an endowed scholarship in her memory in order that her sacrifice in the line of duty would never be forgotten. The Canfield Scholarship may be granted to a full time or part-time (minimum of nine hours per semester) undergraduate or graduate student (minimum of six hours per semester) in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University and majoring in Criminal Justice and demonstrates financial need; maintains a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.  Preference given to children or grandchildren of Ms. Canfield; employees of Texas Department of  Criminal Justice or their children or grandchildren; or retired employees of Texas Department of Criminal Justice or their children or grandchildren.

Sarah Janine Cleary and Michael Griffin Cleary Scholarship

The Cleary Scholarship is available to an undergraduate student who is majoring in criminal justice, who has demonstrated financial need.  If a freshman, must have graduated with a B average from high school.  Preference will be given to an applicant from Spring ISD’s Westfield High School. If a freshman recipient, recipient must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 for first year at SHSU and if sophomore or above must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Diane Cochran Criminal Justice Scholarship

Recipient must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing at SHSU entering an internship at a Criminal Justice agency, having completed two long semesters at SHSU. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Internship Program and the College of Criminal Justice Student Development Committee, requiring a 2.5 grade point average.

Stacy Countz Memorial Scholarship

The Stacy Countz Memorial Scholarship may be granted for the fall and spring semesters to a deserving undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice and maintaining an overall GPA of 2.5 or above.

Rolando V. Del Carmen Criminal Justice Scholarship

The del Carmen student Endowed Criminal Justice Scholarship was established by graduate students in honor of Dr. del Carmen as a means of expressing their sincere gratitude for his encouragement and mentorship. Recipient must be a current full-time graduate student enrolled in the College of Criminal Justice at SHSU; demonstrate financial need; and demonstrate strong academic achievement.

Rolando V., Josefa, and Jocelyn del Carmen Endowed Criminal Justice Scholarship

The del Carmen Family Scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. Rolando del Carmen, and their daughter Dr. Jocelyn del Carmen to provide financial assistance to academically deserving undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice. Recipient must be a current full-time student enrolled in the College of Criminal Justice at SHSU; demonstrate financial need; and demonstrate strong academic achievement.

Justin DeSpain Criminal Justice Memorial Scholarship

The Justin DeSpain Scholarship was established in 2005 by the DeSpain family and members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE) in memory of Justin. The De Spain Scholarship may be awarded for the fall and spring semesters to a deserving undergraduate student; maintaining a minimum overall GPA of 2.5; financial need is a consideration, but not a determining factor. Preference will be given to Lambda Alpha Epsilon Members.

Clay Dyer Criminal Justice Undergraduate Scholarship

The Clay Dyer Criminal Justice Undergraduate Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to determined Pottsboro High School or Grayson County Community College students who desire to pursue higher education in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. Recipient must have applied for and been admitted as an undergraduate criminal justice major of Sam Houston State University, and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Michelle A. Edwards Memorial Scholarship

The Michelle A. Edwards Scholarship was established by Michelle’s family to honor her memory and her passion for life and focus on her major in victim studies. This scholarship may be awarded to a full-time junior or senior in the fall semester and in good standing majoring in Victims Studies. Recipient must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum of 3.25 GPA in major. Financial need is a consideration but not a determining factor.

O.B. Ellis and Philip Gibbs, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

The Ellis-Gibbs Memorial Scholarship is available to criminal justice majors between 21-45 of age who have attained a minimum of junior level undergraduate standing or are candidates for or working towards master's or doctoral degrees. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates with experience in the criminal justice profession. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Charles M. Friel Scholarship, Scholarship

The Charles M. Friel Scholarship may be awarded for the fall and spring semesters to academically deserving graduate students in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Todd Gibbs Memorial Scholarship

The Todd Gibbs Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 by the Gibbs family in memory of Sgt. 1st Class Todd Gibbs who gave the ultimate sacrifice on December 7, 2004.  Sgt. Gibbs was killed in action in Khalidiyah, Iraq fighting for our country.  Todd died a hero.  While we may never be able to repay Todd for his ultimate sacrifice, we can continue to find ways to preserve his memory and honor his legacy.  The Todd Gibbs Scholarship may be awarded to a fulltime, minimum of 12 hours, undergraduate student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University, majoring in CJ and demonstrates financial need and maintains a minimum overall GPA 2.50.  Special consideration will be given to ROTC members.

R.W. Gordy Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

The R. W. Gordy Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 for a full-time student majoring in criminal justice who is a citizen of the United States; pursuing a career in law enforcement in the United States; maintaining a minimum of 2.5 GPA and must demonstrate financial need.

Jared Grant Memorial Scholarship

The Jared Grant Memorial Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to an undergraduate student in good standing, enrolled at Sam Houston State University and employed by the Criminal Justice Center. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5.

Kelly Harris Memorial Scholarship

The Kelly Harris Memorial Scholarships was established in memory of and tribute to Ms. Kelly Harris, a criminal justice professional who served her country through employment as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service until her untimely death in may of 1993.  This scholarship may be grated for the fall and spring semesters to a deserving undergraduate criminal justice student and must maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Lt. C.E. Jordan, Sr. Scholarship

The Lt. C.E. Jordan, Sr. Scholarship may be granted for the fall and spring semesters only, to male or female criminal justice majors enrolled as an undergraduate at Sam Houston State University. Students receiving the scholarships must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average in his/her studies, and must be enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours at Sam Houston State University, unless employed full time as a peace officer, in which case he/she must be enrolled in at least 9 semester hours.

George G. Killinger Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are granted for the fall and spring semesters to academically deserving undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Delta Chi chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon established the scholarship for a member of the service fraternity who is presently serving as an officer or has served in the past as an officer of the fraternity; is a full-time or part-time sophomore, junior or senior student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University with Criminal Justice declared as their major or minor; maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and a grade point average of 3.2 in their Criminal Justice courses and be a member in good standing of Lambda Alpha Epsilon.

Merlyn D. Moore Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Merlyn D. Moore Scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. Merlyn D. Moore to provide financial assistance to an entering freshman, current undergraduate or graduate student who is a full-time student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston University and majoring in criminal justice. Student must be able to demonstrate financial need and demonstrate a strong academic background. Preference will be given to those students who are actively participating in any criminal justice organization. 

Steve Moore Memorial Scholarship

The Steve Moore Memorial Scholarship is available to a male or female criminal justice major, junior standing or above, who has completed at least one long semester at Sam Houston State University, is enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours, and has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Both need and scholarship are considered.

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

The National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship is available to a criminal justice major who has made a commitment to a criminal justice affiliated discipline and is classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior. Recipient must meet the entrance requirements of the University and exhibit exceptional academic ability as certified by the scholarship committee. Recipients must possess high moral standards, and must have exemplified though high school and into college the qualities of maturity, community, leadership, and appreciation of the country. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Edward Glen Owens Criminal Justice Scholarship

A full-time undergraduate student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University, seeking a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; maintain a minimum overall GPA 2.5. Preference will be given to students who work or plan to work part-time or full-time as a correctional office. Financial need is a consideration, but not a determining factor.

Justin Perdue Memorial Scholarship

The Justin Perdue Scholarships was established by Mr. and Mrs. James Perdue in loving memory of their son, Justin to provide financial assistance to a deserving undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice and maintaining a grade point average of 2.5.

Chris Pickren Memorial Scholarship

The Chris Pickren scholarship was established by his family in loving memory of Christopher Thomas Pickren to provide a full-time undergraduate student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston Sate University, majoring in Criminal Justice, maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and demonstrating financial need.

Wayland D. Pilcher Memorial Scholarship

The Wayland D. Pilcher Memorial Scholarship may be awarded for the fall and spring semesters to academically deserving undergraduate students in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

Michael Schultze Memorial Scholarship

The Michael Schulze Scholarship was established to assist deserving undergraduate students with majors in the College of Criminal Justice and maintaining an overall grade point average of 2.25 with 2.5 preferred. Character, personality and spirit of service will be considered in selecting recipients.

Melissa Renee Sinclair Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Melissa Renee Sinclair Criminal Justice Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students, junior or senior classification, majoring in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, be working his/her way through college, thus demonstrating financial need. Recipient must be able to demonstrate financial need for scholarship and maintain an overall grade point average of 2.25 with 2.5 preferred.

Jason W. Stachey Memorial Scholarship

The Jason W. Stachey Scholarship was established to provide a scholarship for a full-time undergraduate student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University majoring in Criminal Justice who demonstrates financial need and maintains a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. An entering freshman must have the required admission score to enter Sam Houston State University.

Victor G. Strecher Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Victor G. Strecher Scholarship was established to provide a scholarship for the fall and spring semesters to academically deserving undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. Preference will be given to a student from a working class background and first generation to attend college.

Donald J. Weisenhorn Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Donald J. Weisenhorn Scholarship was established with the donor’s intent to provide one or more scholarships to a full-time sophomore or above undergraduate or graduate student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University majoring in Criminal Justice.  Recipient must maintains an overall GPA 3.0 and 3.5 in major.  Financial need will be a consideration equal weight as academics.

Bob Worley and Linnie Gisi Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Bob Worley and Lonnie Gisi Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Criminal Justice. Preference will be give to students who works part-time or full-time as a correctional officer and recipient must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better.

Marcus Zaruba Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Marcus Zaruba Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University, majoring in criminal justice; maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and who can demonstrate financial need.

 


Correctional Management Institute of Texas Scholarship

CMIT will provide tuition costs each year for selected employees accepted into the Masters of Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Online/Weekend Programs. Applicants for the scholarships must first be accepted into the MS in Leadership and Management program and be active professionals in the criminal justice field with a minimum of five years' experience. Continued financial support of selected students is contingent upon their maintaining at least a 3.3 grade point average and making satisfactory progress toward completing the degree program in two years.

The Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP)

is available to law enforcement officers majoring in criminal justice and employed by an agency in Austin, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller or Walker County. These scholarships are available to both male and female law enforcement majors, junior standing or above, who have completed at least one long semester at Sam Houston State University, enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

LTC Michael A. Lytle Academic Prize in Forensic Science

Michael A. Lytle, '77, was the recipient of the SHSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. He is a decorated military intelligence and foreign area officer, distinguished forensic educator, and consulting criminologist providing technical and policy advisory assistance on law enforcement intelligence and terrorism and transnational crime to state, local, federal, and international agencies. This prize was established to recognize an outstanding graduating graduate student in forensic science.


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