Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate students are an important part of the John Jay academic community. To insure their success, we offer a variety of scholarship opportunities that recognize and support research, academic excellence, leadership qualities and public service accomplishments.

Current Graduate Student Scholarship Opportunities 

Scholarship Opportunities for Fall 2016

Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2016

 

Support for Professional Conferences

Rolling Deadline; please submit an application at least 6-8 weeks prior to the professional conference that you plan on attending.

 

Research Opportunities

Application Deadline:
Fall 2016 - TBA
Spring 2017 - TBA

 

Future Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships that have already been awarded for the academic year or will be awarded for next academic year

 

How to Apply for Scholarships

To apply for John Jay Scholarships, you must complete the new online John Jay College General Scholarship Application. A short personal statement (250 words or less) is also required. The personal statement is an autobiographical statement. It should provide the committee with an overview of who you are.  You can explore your educational and/or personal background, or share a meaningful story about yourself.

Once your general application and personal statement are completed, you will see a list or scholarships for which you may be eligible.  An essay or letter of self-nomination is required for each scholarship.  Generally, two letters of recommendation are also required.

Recommendation letters can come from any professional references (employers, current or previous professors, mentors, advisors, community service organizers, etc.).  The letters should attest to why they believe you are a strong candidate for the scholarship.

Graduate Scholarship Descriptions

The John Jay College Alumni Executive Board and the Center on Terrorism have established a special Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship in honor of the many John Jay College of Criminal Justice alumni who died on September 11, 2001. The scholarship memorializes victims from our community and supports advanced academic studies to promote a better understanding of terrorism, strategies for countering it, and policies for preventing it.

Scholarship:$2,000 annual award to a John Jay graduate student ($1,000 per semester)

All candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have at least 9 graduate degree credits at the time of application
  • Be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in at least one John Jay College Terrorism Studies course during each semester (Terrorism Studies Curriculum)
  • Have a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA
  • File a 2016/17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To apply you must submit:

  • Personal essay of approximately 500 words describing:
    • how graduate education can contribute to the understanding and prevention of terrorism
    • the applicant’s professional ambitions after graduation
  • Unofficial transcript of graduate degree credits (CUNYfirst printout is acceptable)
  • Two recommendation letters from faculty or professional references

Internship: To provide a rich context for the terrorism studies curriculum, the scholarship recipient is expected to complete an on-site internship at the Center on Terrorism, which will not exceed forty (40) hours per semester for two consecutive semesters, based on the scholarship recipient’s availability. Tasks include development, coordination and attendance during Friday Seminar Series and conferences, as well as researching, engaging and facilitating presentations by speakers who are leaders in the field.

Finalists will be selected by the College Scholarship Committee and will have a personal interview with the Alumni Scholarship Committee.

Richard Culp, Associate Professor of Public Administration was a member of the Department of Public Management, Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Management major, and also a Deputy Executive Officer of the CUNY/JJCCJ Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice. He received a PhD in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York, an MA in Sociology from Ohio University, and a BA in Political Science from the Ohio State University.

His teaching included courses in criminal justice management, policy and administration, research methods, policy analysis, and the administration of public-private partnerships. In 2003, he served as Visiting Professor at the Police Staff College, Bramshill, UK. Professor Culp’s research on prison escapes has been widely cited as the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available. His work in the area of prison privatization included consultation services to public agencies that are considering correctional privatization. Professor Culp’s most recent publications appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, The Prison Journal, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

In November 2011, Richard Culp passed away as a result of a heart attack while jogging in Brooklyn where he resided with his wife, Liz Culp. He is sorely missed by his many students, friends, and colleagues at the College.

The Richard Culp Memorial Scholarship ($2,500) is awarded to a student excelling in the Masters of Public Administration with a strong commitment to service and the field of public administration. The scholarship is funded by the MPA Program Differential Tuition.

Eligibility

To be considered, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program
  • Have completed at least 6 credits
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

 

Application process:

To apply, you must submit a letter of self-nomination (maximum of 300 words) and one letter of recommendation. Your letter should detail your commitment to public administration and how you embody the spirit of Richard Culp.  Please visit: John Jay College General Scholarship Application

Robert Hong was a person of many dimensions. He served as John Jay’s Director of Educational Technology, also known as the “Blackboard Guru.” He had an academic background as an architect and urban planner. As an adjunct professor for over 25 years at John Jay College, he initially taught introductory courses in public administration. Gradually he moved to teaching courses in planning and finally, realizing the importance of the emerging computer technologies for students, he designed and offered a course entitled, "Computer Applications in Public Administration."

Some students have also had the good fortune to know Professor Hong as an instructor, in PAD 440, the senior seminar in the Public Administration major, which he taught for more than five years. Professor Hong designed the course to challenge students with hard cases and questions about ethics in public service. It is a testament to Professor Hong's reputation as a professor that this course consistently filled within hours of registration opening.

In 1994-95, John Jay College was asked by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to integrate an Associate Degree program into the initial training for police cadets on the island, as part of the Governor's commitment to make the police force a more professional law enforcement organization. The Department of Public Management faculty asked Robert Hong, who was fluent in Spanish, to represent the Department in this project. For more than a year he served in Puerto Rico, as a full-time member of the John Jay faculty, instructing the new police recruits in Spanish.

In 2008, Robert Hong passed away after a long battle with cancer. Throughout a series of treatments, he continued to demonstrate the qualities that are valued and loved by all of the members of the John Jay College community who knew him. He was informed, committed, innovative, skilled, dedicated and caring.

The Robert J. Hong Memorial Scholarship ($500) is awarded to a student excelling in the Masters of Public Administration with a strong commitment to service and the field of public administration.

Eligibility

To be considered, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program
  • Have completed at least 12 credits
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

Application process:
To apply, you must submit a letter of self-nomination (maximum of 300 words). Your letter should detail your commitment to public administration and how you embody the spirit and perseverance of Robert Hong.  Please visit John Jay College General Scholarship Application

If you are an international graduate student who has completed 15 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.7, you may be eligible for an international graduate scholarship of $2,000. This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student’s graduate degree career.

In an essay of 250 words, please discuss the following:

  • Why you chose to enroll at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Courses that you have enjoyed taking
  • Your professional aspirations
  • How you expect to use your education either in your country of origin or in the U.S.

To apply, you must submit:

 

If you are a graduate student who has completed 12 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.75, you may be eligible for a graduate scholarship of $2,000.

In an essay of 500 words, please describe:

  • Why you chose to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • A course or experience that has inspired you
  • Your future academic and professional aspirations

To apply, you must submit:

 

Graduate students, who have completed 12 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.2, may be eligible for the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. Through the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, you are encouraged to:

  • Pursue a career or further studies in the legal field
  • Engage in political and legal activism
  • Strive for academic excellence
  • Foster an awareness of the issues poor and minority people in the Criminal Justice System face

To be eligible for consideration as a graduate student, you have to be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits of coursework. In addition, you must have completed or be currently enrolled in CRJ736 or CRJ757, concentrating on the plight of minorities or disadvantaged people in the criminal justice system.

This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student’s academic career. Full-time students receive $1,000 scholarships and part-time students receive $500 scholarships.

To apply, you must submit:

 

The Imette St. Guillen Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Imette St. Guillen, a promising graduate student who was tragically killed on February 25, 2006.   Imette was highly committed to the criminal justice field and was close to completing a graduate degree when her life was cut short.

The scholarship covers the complete cost of full-time graduate tuition, fees, and book expenses for up to two semesters and includes a modest stipend.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Matriculated graduate student in the Criminal Justice Master’s Program
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or better
  • Earned at least 12 John Jay College credits with a minimum of twelve credits left to fulfill the degree requirements
  • Be registered full time, a minimum of 12 graduate credits, in the fall semester
  • Have taken CRJ 780 in a previous semester or register for it in the upcoming semester.  This course provides internship placement in a NYC agency or community organization.  The student must work on a project related to criminal justice, crime prevention or forensic studies

 

To apply, please submit a letter of self-nomination in which you address the following:

  1. Give us a brief description of who you are - this might include your background, upbringing, your schooling, your work prior to enrolling at John Jay, etc. 
  2. Why are you pursuing a career in Criminal Justice?
  3. What is your area of interest in the Criminal Justice field?
  4. How would receiving the Imette St. Guillen Memorial Scholarship impact your current studies and future career goals?

In addition, your letter should detail your commitment to public service and how you embody the spirit in which this great honor is bestowed. 

To apply, you must a submit a letter of self-nomination. Please visit John Jay College General Scholarship Application

Research Opportunities

If you are a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 12 earned credits, you may be eligible for the Graduate Research Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student’s academic career.

In a 500-word essay, please describe your research project for a lay audience. Please be sure that your essay responds to the following issues:

  • Includes your hypothesis and methodology
  • Is your research independent and/or part of a larger project? If so, explain.
  • What single aspect of the whole research experience do you (expect to) find most exciting?
  • How does (or doesn't) it further your long-term research goals or career plans?
  • Does it have any larger significance outside of your own academic life? Explain.

To apply, you must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A 500-word essay (topic above)
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervising faculty member
  • A research budget, if applicable
  • Proof of IRB Approval must be included if required to conduct research

The application deadlines for Fall 2015 are October 9 and November 6, 2015. The application deadlines for Spring 2016 are March 11 and April 15, 2016.

The Cheryl Williams Student Presentation Scholarship supports students interested in presenting at professional conferences up to $1,000.

Professor Williams, a valued member of the Psychology Department, was known for her outstanding dedication and commitment to her students.

In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Cheryl rushed to aide survivors as a grief counselor at Ground Zero. Comforting and counseling countless individuals, Cheryl worked tirelessly in the midst of the chaos and debris without a mask or other form of protection. Tragically, Cheryl developed an aggressive form of lung cancer that eventually claimed her life.

Cheryl loved the students of John Jay and created this fund to ensure that learning and growth would be provided for them in the future.

Interested undergraduate and graduate students must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A short abstract of the presentation (1 – 2 pages)
  • A copy of your faculty approved paper or research
  • One letter of nomination/recommendation (must be from a John Jay faculty member)
  • Proof of participation in a conference (i.e. preliminary program)
  • An estimated budget (including travel expenses)

Applications can also be submitted retroactively, after you have participated in a conference.

If approved by the Scholarship Committee, students can receive up to a maximum of $1,000. Rolling Deadline; please submit an application at least 6-8 weeks prior to the professional conference that you plan on attending.

Are you interested in presenting your research at a conference but lack the appropriate funding? The Young Scholars Award promotes student participation at scholarly conferences.

Interested undergraduate and graduate students must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A short abstract of the presentation (1 – 2 pages)
  • A copy of your faculty approved paper or research
  • One letter of nomination/recommendation (must be from a John Jay faculty member)
  • Proof of participation in a conference (i.e. preliminary program)
  • An estimated budget (including travel expenses)

Applications can also be submitted retroactively, after you have participated in a conference.

If approved by the Scholarship Committee, students can receive up to a maximum of $1,000.

If approved by the Scholarship Committee, students can receive up to a maximum of $1,000. Rolling Deadline; please submit an application at least 6-8 weeks prior to the professional conference that you plan on attending.

Future Scholarship Opportunities

On July 30, 1990, John Reisenbach, a young advertising executive, was shot and killed as he made a telephone call from a phone booth near his home on Jane Street in the West Village. The murder remains unsolved.  Established by the John A. Reisenbach Foundation, the scholarship is awarded in his memory.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, Forensic Psychology, or Forensic Science
  • Have completed between 9 and 12 graduate credits
  • Have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or better

In an essay of 500 words, please explore how your graduate education will allow you to make New York City a safer place to live. 

To apply, you must submit:

Finalists will be selected by the College Scholarship Committee and will have a personal interview with representatives from the John A. Reisenbach Foundation.  Recipients are expected to work in the New York City area after graduation toward making the city a safer, more secure place.

Have you been approved for a study abroad opportunity, but require further financial support? The Study Abroad Scholarship promotes student participation in international studies. If approved by the Scholarship Committee, students can receive up to a maximum of $1,000.

Interested students must meet the following criteria:

  • Six earned credits 
  • GPA of 3.5 and above
  • Participation in an approved study abroad program (International Studies)

Applicants must submit:

 

To learn more about these scholarships and the application process, please contact Michael Scaduto, Scholarship Coordinator, 212-237-8872, Room 1280N, mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu .