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Donate to the Department of Justice Studies! 


We are here for the Students.

Justice Studies students are among the University’s finest. They arrive on campus enthusiastic, ready to immerse themselves in the rigorous curriculum and to become engaged in the local community. Department faculty and staff are dedicated to providing students with the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and opportunities that will prepare them for the shifting landscape of criminal and social justice. Maintaining the strength of this remarkable department, and ensuring its continuing impact in our communities, requires the support of alumni and friends.


Student Success Endowment — 80% there!

The Department of Justice Studies is building an endowment for student success. This endowment will generate revenue annually to support activities proven to help the department's students learn, mature, make connections, and graduate onto a path of leadership. Unlike funds for scholarships, or those in other department philanthropic accounts, Student Success Endowment funds will be limited to projects that directly benefit students, supporting special activities that may not be supported otherwise. When money is not available elsewhere, funds generated by the endowment may be used to ensure students get the best experiences possible and to prepare them for lives of service in criminal and social justice.

As a resource that is not dependent upon state revenue, the Student Success Endowment will be there to help students, even in bad economic times, fulfill their dreams of:

  • Attending professional conferences
  • Paying for supplies to build demonstrations of justice practices, issues, or even crime scenes
  • Traveling for the new international experience requirement
  • Working with current and emerging technology
  • Facilitating field trips
  • Launching other important endeavors as needed


To donate to the Student Success Endowment, simply click on this link, provide your information, and write "Student Success Endowment" in the restrictions field.



The department has a robust set of scholarships for deserving students. Anyone may donate to existing scholarships; former recipients are encouraged to "pay it forward" to current students! To donate to an existing scholarship, simply provide the name of the scholarship and mention the Department of Justice Studies. Currently, generous donors support 8 named scholarships in the department in memory of loved ones:

  1. Shelby B. Brewer
  2. Krisopher Boaz Claspill
  3. Jeffrey Fontana
  4. Paula Stone Hubbell
  5. J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Leadership
  6. Theresa Edel
  7. Willard "Huck" Schmidt
  8. Daniel P. Lomio


Unrestricted Donations

An unrestricted gift can support the Department of Justice Studies in its pursuit of excellence as it continues to grow for the benefit of its students. Priorities include:

  • Recruiting and retaining the best educators;
  • Developing innovative and online degree programs;
  • Creating national and international partnerships;
  • Expanding our presence through our Ann Lucas Lecture Series, conferences, the Record Clearance Project, and symposiums;
  • Funding and expanding research on important issues like policing, social justice, criminal desistance, human rights, immigration, sexual offenders, forensic science, capital punishment, and juvenile justice
  • Equipping the Forensic Science Teaching and Research Lab and the Crime Scene House.


Please consider making a gift of unrestricted support to the Department of Justice Studies.

To donate, you may use a method that works best for you:

  • Donate via credit card.
  • Donate via personal check:  To donate via personal check, please make check payable to “Justice Studies Department” (note any fund or event for which it is intended in the memo). Checks may be sent to:
Department of Justice Studies
San José State University
One Washington Square, MQH 524
San José, CA 95192-0050

  • You may donate through the University's "Give to SJSU" link on the upper right side of this website. However, you must restrict your donation to the "Justice Studies Department" for it to come to us. Otherwise, the donation will not go to the department.  


If you have any questions about making a donation to the Department of Justice Studies, feel free to contact the department at or at 408-924-2951.