The John Jay College Alumni Association and the Center on Terrorism have established a special terrorism studies graduate scholarship in honor of the many John Jay College Alumni who died in the September 11th attacks. The scholarship memorializes the victims of 9/11, and supports the advanced academic studies that promote better understanding of terrorism, strategies for countering it, and policies for preventing it. This scholarship is a $2000 award (i.e., $1000 per semester for two semesters) to a graduate student studying terrorism. Students must be enrolled in at least one course for each semester. (Please refer to enclosed list)
Eligible candidates must:
- have accumulated at least 9 graduate credits at the time of application.
- have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA;
- be enrolled full time or part- time in at least one John Jay College Terrorism Studies course during each semester (see Terrorism Studies curriculum below)
Interested students must submit:
- a John Jay General Scholarship Application
- a written essay of two pages (approx. 500 words) describing the ways graduate education can contribute to the understanding and the prevention of terrorism, and describing their professional ambitions after graduation;
- an unofficial copy of their graduate transcript (an eSIMS printout is acceptable); and
- two letters of recommendation from a John Jay faculty member or professional references.
All finalists will be notified by the College Scholarship Committee and have a personal interview with the Alumni Scholarship Committee.
Interested students should submit an application with all supporting materials, including complete contact information, postmarked or delivered to Room 1285N, by deadline: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, addressed to: Michael Scaduto; Scholarship Coordinator; 445 West 59th Street, Room 1285N; New York, NY 10019. For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 212-237-8872.
Past Recipients of the John Jay Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship
Marina Bontkowski was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2010-2011. She is currently working toward her Masters in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. Marina is also working toward the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Marina earned a B.A. in Psychology with a certificate in Mind, Brain, and Behavior and citation in Spanish from Harvard University. She developed an interest in terrorism research after interning at the Department of Justice as an undergraduate and taking terrorism classes at John Jay College. Marina hopes to pursue a career in Federal law enforcement.
Anne Walton was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2009-2010 academic year. Anne recently completed a Masters in Criminal Justice and the Terrorism Certificate program and is currently a Program Assistant with the Center on Terrorism and a Research Consultant for the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. She has a background in intelligence and financial crimes investigation and hopes to pursue research in counterterrorist financing efforts and capacity building in East Africa.
Katy Glover was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2007-2008 academic year. She is currently working toward her Masters in Forensic Psychology. Katy is also working toward the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She holds a B.S. in Forensic Studies with a minor in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is currently employed with NYC Department of Investigation, as a Confidential Investigator. She is also currently serving as the coordinator of a major national conference hosted by the Center on "Interrogation and Torture Controversy: Crisis in Psychology" scheduled for the fall of 2008. After graduation she hopes to be employed by a federal agency as a Special Agent.
Benjamin Orr was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. He obtained a Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, specializing in Policy Analysis. Benjamin also earned the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri-Rolla. After graduation he hopes to enter law school.
Mr. Orr's interest in terrorism and fundamentalist extremism both precedes and is a response to the attacks of September 11th, 2001. He was raised in a Christian sect that, though pacifist, bore many markers of more violent groups. After separating from the sect in college-the rest of his immediate family soon followed-he wrote his senior thesis in 2000 on the comparability of terrorist groups in first and third world countries, focusing on the Red Army Faction in Germany and Sendero Luminosa in Peru. His research interests are terrorist networks, terrorist financing and the intersection of civil liberties and counter terrorism policy. Benjamin serves as a Research Associate at the Center on Terrorism on the Global Network Terrorism project.
Robert Marmara of Rockaway, New Jersey, was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2002-2003 academic year. Robert was the first recipient of the award given to a graduate student in honor of the many alumni who died in the September 11th attacks. Mr. Marmara served as the coordinator of a major national conference hosted by the Center on "Torture After 9/11" in the fall of 2003.