Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Application Window Re-opened!

CAC, A. Reed & Virginia McLaughlin Award applications are being accepted now.

Deadline: January 10, 2018. 

Other Scholarship opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year will be posted online in January 2018. These scholarships honor distinguished alumni and friends of Justice Studies.

Over $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year. Individual scholarships of up to $5,000 are available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Justice Studies or Forensic Science. Eligibility and application requirements vary for each scholarship. Students may apply for up to three scholarships for which they are eligible.

How To Submit Applications

Submit a paper and an electronic copy of the application form and required documents:

  1. Drop off a paper copy at the Justice Studies Department, MacQuarrie Hall 524, by date designated on the application.
  2. Email the same materials by midnight, on the designated date to Scholarship Coordinator, Jan Hagemann, at

Required application form "checklist" available here: [PDF]

Instructions and scholarship criteria here: [PDF]

All students are encouraged to apply--it is quite an honor to receive one of these prestigious awards! 

For most scholarships, all you need to do is provide some information about yourself, a personal statement, transcripts, and a graded course paper. 

The committee will not consider incomplete applications. Scholarship winners will be asked to provide personal material (photo, bioblurb, etc.) to allow the department to promote their accomplishment. Awardees are also honored at the department's annual showcase.


Introducing the new... 

Shelby B. Brewer Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Portrait of Shelby B. BrewerShelby Blair Brewer graduated from SJSU in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice. Shelby spent her career in juvenile justice; she was highly respected by colleagues for her hard work and knowledge. After a brain tumor took her life on June 12, 2016, at age 37, her family created this scholarship as a lasting tribute to her passion for serving at-risk youth.

Current recipient: Cristina Delgado (no photo)

Shelby Blair Brewer graduated from SJSU in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science

degree in Administration of Justice. Shelby spent her career in juvenile justice;

she was highly respected by colleagues for her hard work and knowledge.

After a brain tumor took her life on June 12, 2016, at age 37, her family

created this scholarship as a lasting tribute to her passion for serving

at-risk youth.

Current Awardees

(Previous Recipients are Here)

California Association of Criminalists

A. Reed & Virginia McLaughlin Endowment Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient: Kenya Thomas 

Expected graduation date: Spring 2017 

Career plans: My longtime passion for science has driven me to want to continue to expandKenya Thomas my knowledge in the forensic science field.  After completion of my Master’s in Forensic Sciences, I plan to have gained enough lab experience to become a Forensic Firearms Examiner.

I want to thank the CAC Reed Endowment Foundation for awarding me this scholarship. I have never received a scholarship of this caliber and plan to cherish it for a lifetime. This financial assistance will allow for me to focus more on my current research, the modification of rapid DNA. In addition to escalating my confidence level, this honor has made me realize that anything is possible. Thank You!



Recipient: Eric Yu

Expected Graduation date: Spring 2017

Career plans: Following my graduation from San José State University,

Eric YuI will be moving to Scotland this fall to pursue my Master’s degree in Forensic Science. My plan is to work as a Forensic DNA analyst in a county crime lab to gain more experience before going back to school to earn a PhD. My ultimate goal is to teach and continue my research in academia.

I would like to thank the funders of the CAC Reed McLaughlin Endowment for giving me this opportunity. Receiving this scholarship award will enable me to acquire new lab skills as I conduct my research in Rapid DNA as well as public speaking skills when I present it at conferences this summer. I am truly honored to receive this scholarship and appreciate their investment in San José State University and future analysts like me.




Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient: Curtis Tran

Expected graduation date: Spring 2018

Career plans: After graduating from SJSU, I will pursue a career Curtis Tran Fontana recipient 2017as a police officer for San Jose PD. I am interested in being a detective but I would be happy with just being a regular beat cop helping people in my community.

Thank you to the founders, friends, family, and donors of the Jeffrey Fontana Scholarship for helping me in my pursuit of a career in law enforcement. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be awarded this scholarship. The funds from this scholarship will help me finish my last year at SJSU and achieve my goal of becoming a police officer in San Jose. I promise to dedicate my life as a future police officer to help others like Officer Fontana in the hopes of making the community a better place for all.



Kristofer Boaz Claspill Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient: Stanislaw (Stan) Bielous
Career plans: Following my graduation from San Jose State University I hope 

stanto pursue a master's degree in Medico-legal Death Investigation or in Crime Scene Investigation. My ultimate career goal is to progress through the law enforcement field and to become a detective specialized in homicide investigation.

I am extremely grateful to the Claspill family for their generous donation toward my success and to the Justice Studies department for giving me the opportunity. I feel both honored and sincerely humbled to be selected to receive this scholarship in Kristofer's name. Receiving this scholarship has not only lightened my financial burden but enabled me to dedicate more time to my studies, to my internship, to Alpha Phi Sigma and to my success in general.

Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship [PDF]


Recipient: Emily Wheeler

Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2016

Career Plans: Upon graduation, I plan to apply to a variety of local, state, and federal jobs in the criminal justice system where I can apply my knowledge of Justice and Forensic studies.

I am truly honored to be this year’s recipient of the Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship, as it will allow me to focus all of my efforts on completing my final semester of college and maintaining an active role in Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship donors for their generosity and support, and look forward to starting a new and exciting part of my life following graduation.


Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient: Lilia Barragan

Expected graduation: Spring 2017

Career Plans: Work in a crime lab as a forensic scientist or become a police officer and move up to become a detective.lilia

I would like to thank the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship Donors for giving me the honor of being the 2016-2017 scholarship recipient. My dream has been to enter law enforcement and I am grateful people are willing to support me so I can finish my education at San Jose State that will take me a step closer to my dream career.



Paula Stone Hubbell Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient: Janelle Nguyen

Expected graduation date: Spring 2017

janelleCareer plans: After graduating, I plan on furthering my education in Justice Studies so that one day I can earn a PhD and become a professor to teach in the Criminal Justice field. 

I am honored to be a recipient of the Paula Stone Hubbell Scholarship and I am extremely grateful to the founders. It is a wonderful feeling, to see all my hard work and dedication to my education paying off in such a generous scholarship. I will forever appreciate the confidence the Paula Stone Hubbell founders demonstrated in me by awarding me this honor and will work hard to live up to their expectations.



Recipient: Melinda Lo

Expected graduation date: Spring 2017melinda

Career Plans: upon graduation, I hope to enroll in a dual JD/Ph.D. law program and be able to work in the Legal field in the future.

I would like to thank the family of Paula Stone Hubbell for giving me the opportunity of being the 2016-2017 scholarship recipient. Its contributions will assist me to satisfactorily contribute to my academic success.  I am truly honored to receive this scholarship in Paula’s name, as it will allow for me to complete my last year here at San Jose State University pursuing my Master’s Degree in Justice Studies. 


Daniel P. Lomio Memorial Scholarship [PDF]


Recipient: Nadia Webster

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2017

Career Plans: Upon graduation, I plan to earn my Masters of Public Administration. During the studies for my undergrad, I learned that there is a gap between policies and the education of children regarding sexual abuse/rape. I hope to someday run a nonprofit organization that educates school children about sexual abuse/rape, and helps women and children who have suffered from this heinous act. Although I won’t be directly in law enforcement, my efforts to reduce the occurrence of child molestation/rape will be a means for me to contribute to the reduction of crime and the preservation of human rights.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the donors of the Daniel P. Lomio scholarship fund for awarding me this scholarship. This scholarship will enable me to work less, thus allowing me to focus more on my academics, and my duties in Alpha Phi Sigma (the National Criminal Justice Honor Society), as well as my own personal growth. The gratitude, excitement and relief I feel from receiving this gift makes me feel like all of my hard work is finally paying off!



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