Scholarship Opportunities

The Justice Studies Department Proudly Announces the 2020 Scholarship Competition Honoring Prominent Persons Associated with the Department:


These scholarships, worth $1,000 to $6000, are available to undergraduate and graduate students in Justice Studies—over $25,000 in scholarships! Students may apply for more than one scholarship.


How to Submit Applications:

Submit a paper AND an electronic copy of the Justice Studies Scholarship Application Cover Sheet and required documents.

  1. Review the Justice Studies Department Scholarship Instructions form first! Every scholarship has different requirements so reading this form is very important.
  2. Drop off a paper copy at the Justice Studies Department main office, MacQuarrie Hall 524, by 5:00 PM, Friday, April 10, 2020.  
  3. Email the same materials by midnight, Monday April 10, 2020 to Scholarship Chair
    Jan Hagemann, at


Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients! 

 (Click here for past scholarship recipients)


Sukhjit Johal

Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient: Sukhjit Johal

Expected graduation date: Fall 2019

Plans after graduation: Post-graduation I will be working with social justice organizations in the legal and advocacy fields. My career objective is to pursue a degree in law, with the goal of making a positive impact on an immigration system lacking adequate funds and resources, and to make a difference in the lives of those who have been impacted by poorly constructed immigration policies.

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to family and friends of Theresa Edel and the Justice Studies Scholarship Committee for investing in my future. This award has truly eased my financial burden.


Lizvett Guizar

Theresa Edel Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient: Lizvett Guizar 

Expected date of graduation: June 2021

Plans after graduation: Apply my knowledge in the Justice Studies field and attain a job in the criminology sphere. Furthermore, I want to continue my education and pursue a Masters degree. 

My progress in education would not be possible without my family, friends, mentors, San José State University faculty, and lastly the generous family, contributors, and donors of the Theresa Edel Scholarship. My support system is strong and motivates me to continue my education even when it gets hard. They have shown me endless support. My promise is to work hard and in turn make them proud. Thank you for your time, effort, and investment. I am beyond honored to be in your lives and am appreciative of everything you do for me. I look forward to living up to Theresa Edel’s legacy and following her footsteps in regards to change. Thank you for providing a stepping stone to making my goals and aspirations possible.


Riley Agerbeek

Simpson and Silva Memorial
Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient: Riley Agerbeek 

Expected graduation date: Fall 2021

After graduating from SJSU, I plan to continue my education and obtain my Master’s in Criminology. I also hope to eventually get into a career in law enforcement.   

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to both the Simpson and Silva families for their generous contribution towards my future. I am honored to be selected for the Simpson and Silva Memorial Award. It is a privilege I do not take lightly. I was raised by a parent in law enforcement and my brother is currently attending the police academy; I hope to follow in their footsteps. Coincidentally, I learned that my uncle, who retired from San Jose Police Department worked alongside both Officer Simpson and Officer Silva. Thank you very much for selecting me to represent your families in receiving this award as I work to complete my undergraduate degree.


Michelle Ilene Lujan

Shelby B. Brewer Memorial
Scholarship [PDF]

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 y2019 Recipient: Michelle Ilene Lujan

Expected graduation date: Fall 2020

Upon graduation I plan to work in the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation while earning my Criminal Justice Master’s Degree.  Just like Shelby my passion is to work with at-risk youth that need someone to advocate for them.  I want to help our communities build stronger relationships with each other, and it starts with our future youth. 

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Brewer family for this generous contribution towards my future career goal of becoming a juvenile probation officer.  It is truly an honor and a privilege to have received this scholarship and I am excited to work in a field where I can make a difference in changing children’s lives.


Marcelina Montoya

Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient Name: Marcelina Montoya

Expected graduation date: Spring 2020

After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in law enforcement and become a detective.

I would like to thank the family and friends of Jeffrey Fontana for their contributions to this scholarship. I am honored and grateful to have been selected as this year’s recipient. This scholarship will help fund my last year at SJSU.


Uchechukwu Ogamba

Paula Stone Hubbell Memorial
Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient: Uchechukwu Ogamba

Expected graduation date: May 2020

After graduating, I plan to go to law school at Santa Clara University and becoming a lawyer practicing intellectual property law.

I'm humbled and grateful to be the recipient of the Paula Stone Hubbell Scholarship. I will always remember being honored with this amazing opportunity. Thank you to the family and donors for supporting my education and career.  Someday soon, I hope I will be in a position to repay this gift by making a donation to Paula’s Scholarship and continuing the legacy of support for the students here at San José State University.


Vicky Zavala

Daniel P. Lomio Memorial
Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient: Vicky M. Zavala

Expected graduation date: May 2020

My goal is to complete my degree at San Jose State University and then go on to Law School to become an attorney. I have always had an overwhelming desire to help people. This is the passion that motivates me to go above and beyond the classroom and apply what I’ve learned in a court of law. While attending school I have been involved with the Record Clearance Project. This program is amazing! It has taught me how to use the law to help people with criminal records, expunge their record. With a Law Degree, I would have the ability to collaborate with other agencies to create a similar program, that would help a great deal of people who desperately, need these services!

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to you for making the Daniel Lomio Scholarship possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support. Receiving this scholarship motivates me to maintain my GPA and allows me to focus on my duties in Alpha Phi Sigma (the National Criminal Justice Honor Society). I look forward to being able to give back to the community once I begin my career as an Attorney. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals.


Britney Logan

Willard “Huck” Schmidt Memorial
Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient:  Britney Logan

Expected graduation date: May 2020 

After graduation I plan to embark on a career as a juvenile probation officer.

I am honored that I was chosen to receive this scholarship. Being awarded this scholarship has greatly helped me out financially in my final year at San Jose State and has allowed me to put more focus on my school work. I’d thank to thank Mr. Schmidt’s family and friends for this amazing opportunity!


Rowan Dunton

J. Edgar Hoover Foundation
Leadership Scholarship [PDF]

2019 Recipient: Rowan Dunton 

Expected graduation date: Spring 2022

Post-graduation plans: After graduation I intend to enter medical school to study forensic pathology, get a Master’s degree in forensic molecular biology or join the FBI.

I am sincerely grateful for the generous contribution the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation has made to my future and am honored to be the recipient of this award. The scholarship I have received will enable me to focus on my academic career and personal endeavors in pursuit of my goal of working in the field of forensic science. 


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