Scholarship Opportunities


The Justice Studies Department is happy to announce that we are accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

These scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000, are available to undergraduate and graduate students in Justice Studies—over $25,000 in scholarships!  Students may apply for more than one scholarship.

Make sure to submit the application form and any required documents for the respective scholarship by Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5PM.

Application Checklist:

  1. Application Form
  2. Scholarship Instructions
  3. Scholarship Descriptions

How to Submit Applications:

  1.  Download and read the PDF of each scholarship for which you are applying.  
  2.  Complete the Application form (You need only submit one copy of the application

    form, even if you are applying for multiple scholarships).

  1.   Carefully read the Scholarship instructions to be sure your personal statement  addresses the goal and intentions of this scholarship
  2.   Submit a paper and an electronic copy of the application form and required documents:
  •  Drop off a paper copy at the Justice Studies Department, MacQuarrie Hall 524, by 5:00 PM, Friday April 6, 2018
  •  Email the same materials by midnight Friday April 6, 2018, to Scholarship Chair Jan Hagemann, at

There is more detailed information for each scholarship here. Please double check to see if you meet all requirements and are eligible for each individual scholarship. Otherwise, your application will unfortunately be considered incomplete. Good luck to you all!



(Previous Recipients are Here)

Shelby B. Brewer Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient: Cristina Delgado 

Expected graduation year: 2018   cdelgado

Career plans: I hope to become a probation officer and eventually attend law school to represent juveniles.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Brewer family for the generous contribution towards my future. I am honored to be the recipient of the Shelby B. Brewer Scholarship. This scholarship will enable me to focus on my goal of working with justice-engaged juveniles who are in custody or on probation.

I plan to work as a probationer officer for Santa Clara County and ultimately attend law school so that I can help juveniles with legal services.  There are so many youth in our community that have need of caring adults to advocate for and support them. Like Shelby, I too have a passion for youth and hope to honor her memory by having a positive impact on the lives of the juveniles. 

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.


California Association of Criminalists [PDF]

A. Reed & Virginia McLaughlin Endowment Scholarship 

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: José Pacheco

Expected graduation date: Spring 2018

joseCareer plans: Upon graduation from SJSU in Spring 18, I plan to pursue a career in law enforcement with a long-term goal of becoming a Police Chief. As a police officer, I plan to work with the community to provide safe and secure environment, and fight the negative stigma law enforcement has developed in the past years.  

I would like to thank the Claspill Family for being this year’s recipient of the Kristofer Boaz Claspill Memorial Scholarship. The honor is very humbling and will be my motivation to do my best to honor the memory of Kristofer. This scholarship has not only reduced my financial burden, but gives me more time and dedication to focus on my class materials.


Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship [PDF]


Recipient: Madison McGowan

Expected date of graduation: Spring 2018

Education/Career Goals:After graduating from SJSU, I plan to continue my education and acquire my master’s degree in forensic science from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. I so am looking forward to someday working in a crime lab, working for truth.

I want to express my deepest thanks for the generosity granted by the Edel Family and contributors to the Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship. Being chosen as this year’s scholarship recipient is truly an honor and a humbling experience. Their financial assistance will better allow me to focus on my final studies at SJSU, as well as support my own research in the year to come, significantly aiding and accelerating my involvement in the criminal justice field. I am so very grateful for this incredible award and support. Thank you!

 Paula Stone Hubbell Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

Recipient: Rachel Stochl

Expected graduation date: May 2018


Goals for after graduation: I plan to continue my education, either by going for my PhD or another Master’s degree, probably in Public Policy. I want to continue working with Domestic Violence Victims and their families both in a hands-on approach and changing policies.

I would like to thank the Justice Studies Scholarship Committee for choosing me for this award and the Paula Stone Hubbell family for being generous with this scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. With it, I will be able to focus even more on my studies as I work towards completing my graduate degree. I feel incredibly honored to receive this generous scholarship and am excited to continue to work with children and families affected by domestic violence and working towards a violence free future. 

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:  Audrey Calderon

Date of graduation: Spring 2018

Plans after graduation: Attend Law Schoolaudrey

This scholarship motivates me to continue pushing forward with my long academic journey with the support of the Willard “Huck” Schmidt Memorial Foundation and the community.

Getting a scholarship helps me reach my educational goal by paying for the materials that are necessary for the courses that I attend. Receiving this scholarship means that the community has faith in my education and drives my ambitions towards becoming a productive member of society. Most students also have struggles from outside obligations, so the Willard “Huck” Schmidt Memorial Foundation has significantly helped me by relieving some financial stress, and focus more on my studies.






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