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SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Higher education tuition costs have increased substantially over the years. The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Criminal Justice seeks to reward students who achieve excellence in the classroom through scholarship opportunities. The following scholarship opportunities are available to students in Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice general scholarship spring 2014

Undergraduates are invited to apply for scholarships offered upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee of the Criminal Justice Department.  The dollar amount of the scholarship may vary between, and within, each type of scholarship.  Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Ben Brown, Scholarship Committee Chair, Criminal Justice Department, M 1.114.  Completed application must be submitted by February 28, 2014.

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Keith A. Ferguson Scholarship for Criminal Justice

In January of 2004, Sergeant Keith A Ferguson died of a heart attack while running to respond to another officer's call for assistance. A 17-year veteran of the New York Police Department and a member of the city's elite Hercules Counter Terrorism Team, Sgt. Ferguson was only 38 years old at the time of his death. To honor her son, Sonya Cunningham (a member of UTB's School of Nursing faculty) created this scholarship. Each year, two fundraising events are held. One occurs in New York City; citizens participate in a walk/run event across the Brooklyn Bridge. The second event takes place in Brownsville on the UTB campus; citizens of Brownsville compete in a walk/run on campus.

The recipient of this award is selected by the Criminal Justice Department scholarship committee after all applications are reviewed.

Eligibility: Junior or senior academic status; U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status; enrolled full time; minimum grade point average of 2.0; majoring in Criminal Justice or attending the police academy; recipients must complete 200 hours of community service with either the UTB Police Academy or with the UTB Criminal Justice Department; and a completed application must be filed before the deadline.

Amador R. Rodriguez Scholarship for Criminal Justice

Amador R. Rodriguez worked in the Cameron County Juvenile Department from 1971 until his death in 2000. Rodriguez served as the chief probation officer for 26 years. During his time of service, juvenile probation services expanded to include the juvenile boot camp and the alternative education program. This scholarship was established by his brother to assist a criminal justice student who is interested in working in juvenile justice.

The recipient of this award is selected by the Criminal Justice Department scholarship committee after all applications are reviewed.

Eligibility: Junior or senior status; U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status; enrolled full time; minimum grade point average of 2.75; majoring in Criminal Justice; must have an interest in the juvenile justice system; and a completed application must be filed before the deadline.

College of Liberal Arts Incentive Scholarship in Criminal Justice

Outstanding undergraduate students are invited to apply for the College of Liberal Arts Incentive Scholarship. The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 pending availability of annual funding. Completed applications should be submitted to the Criminal Justice Department office, MRCS 319.

Eligibility: Undergraduate Criminal Justice major; 3.0 minimum grade point average; junior or senior status (60-150 credit hours earned); Texas resident (considered an "in district" student by the Office of Admissions); and not in default on student loans.

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