Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Application Window Re-opened!

Scholarship opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year have been announced. 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 5:00 PM, Friday March 17, 2017.
  2. Email the same materials by midnight, March 17, 2017 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]


Current Awardees

(Previous Recipients are Here)

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!


Willard "Huck" Schmidt Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient – Frank Luo

Expected graduation date: Fall 2016

yuqinCareer plans: Upon graduation I plan to become a police officer; I would like to work for the San Jose Police Department. I am hoping to do my internship at San José Police Department and get to learn more about them. 

I’m so honored to be awarded the Willard “Huck” Schmidt Scholarship. Earning this award not only gives me confidence but also provides me extra time to focus on my studies and some volunteer service. It is also the first scholarship I have ever gotten and I am so proud to have been recognized in this manner.

California Association of Criminalists (CAC)

Reed McLaughlin Scholarship [PDF]

kevin tang

Recipient - Kevin Tang

Expected graduation date: Spring 2016

Career Plans: My goal is to one day work for the San Francisco County or Santa Clara County Crime Lab as a criminalist.


Receiving this scholarship award will give me the opportunity to acquire new lab skills by allowing me to fund my own research project this summer. Due to your support, I will be able to reduced my work hours to focus more on my education as well as present my research at conferences.


Other Scholarship Opportunities