Chandler Memorial Scholarship

The Paul MacKay Chandler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by members of the Chandler family to honor the memory of Paul MacKay Chandler. Paul MacKay Chandler was a 1963 graduate of the Sociology Master’s program. He taught for the San José State University Administration of Justice Department (now the Justice Studies Department) and served as a Federal Probation and Parole Officer until his retirement at the age of 53. Mr. Chandler was passionate about social justice, and worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Hesperian Foundation. His work made him a nationally recognized expert on social justice in the correctional system, and he was called upon to testify on this subject before Congress.

The Fund is a permanent endowment, awarded each spring to those students who have demonstrated exemplary scholarship in the previous fall and spring as demonstrated by their performance on the research methods or social theory written comprehensive examinations, or similar examinations at the discretion of the Department chair.

The Paul MacKay Chandler Memorial Scholarship Award, which SISS houses, opens around March every year. Details about the call and eligibility requirements will be sent out when the application period opens.