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Current Recipients

  • Kristofer Boaz Claspill Memorial Scholarship [pdf]

chris perryRecipient - Chris Perry
Expected graduation date: Fall 2015
Carreer plans: After graduating, I plan to join the police academy in Los Angeles and begin my life long dream of becoming a police officer.  I also am very interested in becoming a detective or a K-9 Unit officer. 

I was so happy to be awarded this scholarship because it will help me reach my goal of becoming involved in law enforcement.  The Boaz family has tremendously helped me by providing the funding I need to complete my final semester in college.  I am so thankful to the Boaz family as well as the school for giving me this great opportunity!


  • Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship [pdf]

anh hicksRecipient - Anh-Thu Hicks
Expected graduation date: Spring 2016
Carreer plans: After graduation, I am seriously considering a career as a public safety investigator and crime prevention specialist for the San Jose State University Police Department.  For my career goal, I would like to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.  I hope I can obtain justice for juveniles and help them to be on the right side of the criminal justice system. 

I am very privileged to receive this award.  I would like to thank the Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship donors for their generosity and faith in me.  This scholarship not only helps me financially but also gives me motivation to pursue my educational goal and to contribute to my community.


  • Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship [pdf]

juan lucateroRecipient - Juan Lucatero
Expected graduation date: Fall 2016
Career plans: My career goal is to be a federal law enforcement officer. My dream has always been to join the FBI but I would be content with a career in any law enforcement agency. 

I truly appreciate the help from the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship because it will help me continue my path towards a career in law enforcement and it has motivated me even more knowing that there are other people that believe in helping students achieve a lifelong goal. Helping others is a major reason why i chose to pursue a career in law enforcement so it motivates me knowing there are people that believe in the students and who are willing to help us succeed.


  • Paula Stone Hubbell Memorial Scholarship [pdf]

pedja ilicRecipient - Pedja Ilic
Expected graduation date: Fall 2015
Career plans: I am evaluating multiple career options which would allow me to conduct research, teach, publish, and ultimately apply my knowledge, skills, and expertise within fields of social and criminal justice, and public service. 

I am truly honored to be this year’s recipient of the Paula Stone Hubbell Memorial Scholarship for it provides an opportunity to focus all my efforts on the completion of program’s requirements, and less on the onerous struggle to survive in a region beset by the highest costs of living in the United States. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Hubbell family whose generous contributions continue to provide invaluable support to Justice Studies Department’s graduate students.


  • Daniel P. Lomio Memorial Scholarship [pdf]

brian werner in front of the white houseRecipient - Brian Werner
Expected graduation date: Spring 2016
Career plans: Upon graduation, I will be seeking a position as a police officer with a local police department. 

I am truly grateful and honored to be receiving this scholarship in Daniel’s name. This scholarship will allow me to ease up on my part time job, thus allowing me to spend more time supporting Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society,  The Justice Studies Task Force, and focus on my academic work. 


  • Willard "Huck" Schmidt Memorial Scholarship [pdf]

Elizabeth sosaRecipient - Elizabeth Sosa
Expected graduation date: Spring 2016
Career plans: Upon graduation I plan to work for the Department of Homeland Security as a customs agent. During the hiring process I also plan to volunteer for an agency to acquire some experience for my future career.

I’m very pleased to be awarded with the Willard “Huck” Schmidt Scholarship because aside from helping me to continue my studies, the scholarship will also give me extra time to participate in extracurricular activities and community service to enhance my college experience and gain further knowledge about my future career.

alejandra ibarraRecipient - Alejandra Ibarra
Expected graduation date: Spring 2016
Career plans: Upon graduation, my goal is to attend the police academy and work for the Watsonville Police Department or Palo Alto Police Department as a police officer. My overall life goal is to one day work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, to bring justice to children to have been victims of crimes.

I'd like to thank the Willard "Huck" Schmidt Memorial Scholarship Donors for giving me the honor of being the 2015- 2016 scholarship recipient. I am very grateful for this scholarship because unfortunately, my father passed away in January of this year and he was a huge financial contributor towards my education. Winning this scholarship means that I will be able to continue pursing my Master's Degree this Fall 2015 and it has truly taken a huge financial burden off my shoulders. With this scholarship, you have not only supported me financially, but you have also demonstrated faith in my abilities to contribute to society and that means the world to me. Thank you so much for your financial support and generosity.


  • California Association of Criminalists (CAC) Reed McLaughlin Scholarship [pdf]

kevin tangRecipient - 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.


The Justice Studies Department is proud to announce the 2015 Scholarship Competition honoring distinguished alumni and friends of Justice Studies.

Scholarship Criteria

Over $25,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year. Individual scholarships of up to $5000 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.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit both electronic and paper copies of their application by the deadlines indicated below:

    • paper copy of all application materials must be submitted to the Department of Justice Studies office MacQuarrie Hall 524, by 5:00 PM, Wednesday April 1, 2015.
    • Electronic copies of the complete application must also be submitted to the Scholarship Char, Janet Hageman at by midnight, April 1, 2015

Note: Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a scholarship from the Department of Justice Studies in prior years. 

The 2015 Scholarship application packet must include:

  • Completed application form available here: (pdf)
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts (SJSU and any other schools) used to compute GPAs
  • A recent GRADED Justice Studies or Forensic Science paper or project with instructor’s comments and grade
  • JS Faculty reference
    • For the Paula Stone Hubbell Scholarship, submit both JS Faculty reference and one letter from a professional in the justice field.
    • For either of the CAC Reed McLaughlin Endowment Scholarships, submit two (2) letters of reference.
  • Statement of interest (300-500 words) for the specific scholarship being sought.  Applicant must write a separate statement for each scholarship for which they are applying.  The scholarship statement must address each the following points:
    • Describe the experiences that motivated you to pursue a justice related career.
    • Explain or describe how the specific scholarship will contribute to your academic success and professional goals.
    • Identify and describe any volunteer work, internship, or other work experience in the criminal or juvenile justice field, or forensic science.  If applying for the Paula Stone Hubbell Scholarship, this must include experience in the juvenile justice field.

Note:  The committee will not consider incomplete applications. 

Scholarship winners are required to write letters of appreciation to donors and attend any recognition events.

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