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College of Arts and Sciences

Criminal Justice Program


Scholarships 2018-2019



Deputy Brian Gross Memorial Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship

  • Applicants must be Criminal Justice majors.

  • Preference will be given to students who are current or former law enforcement officers and/or students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

How to Apply:

  • Please submit an application through this Academic Works link: https://uwyo.academicworks.com/opportunities/17583

  • Submit a one page or less letter of application containing your interest in the scholarship, career aspirations, explanation of need, your graduation date, and how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals.

  • Submit your resume.

Application deadline:   Thursday, February 1st, 2018


Oyler Family Criminal Justice Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship

  • 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Current or former law enforcement officers and/or students interested in a law enforcement career

  • Preference will be given to former or current law enforcement officers, former members of the military, or current R.O.T.C. students

Thanks to the generosity of the Oyler family, this award shall be given to students enrolled in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Wyoming. The Oyler family established this scholarship in sincere gratitude to the men and women who have selflessly served their communities and Country in law enforcement and in the military. This $1000 scholarship will be given to a student with a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher, who are current or former law enforcement officers and/or students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in local, state, or federal law enforcement.

Please submit your application through this Academic Works link:  https://uwyo.academicworks.com/opportunities/16670

Application deadline:   Thursday, February 1st, 2018


Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP) Scholarships

One $500 Criminal Justice Major Scholarship

  • Must be an incoming or returning student majoring in Criminal Justice

  • Must have experience working in a Criminal Justice profession
  • Must be your first undergraduate degree

  • Submit a one page or less, letter addressing “What is your educational goal and how will this scholarship help you achieve this result?”

  • Please submit an application through this Academic Works link: https://uwyo.academicworks.com/opportunities/21045

  • Application deadline: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

One $500 Internship/Practicum Travel Expenses Scholarship

  • UW Criminal Justice major with junior or senior status

  • Student has obtained an internship or practicum in the Criminal Justice field
  • Preference will be given to Wyoming high school graduates

  • Submit a one page or less, letter addressing “What is your educational goal and how will this scholarship help you achieve this result?”

  • Please submit an application through this Academic Works link: https://uwyo.academicworks.com/opportunities/21489

Application deadline:   Friday, March 23rd, 2018


John R. Shell Memorial Scholarship

One $1,500 Scholarship

The Department of Criminal Justice also offers the John R. Shell Memorial Scholarship thanks to the generosity of the John R. Shell family. Each year, one student (a junior or senior) majoring in Criminal Justice can receive a $1,500 scholarship. A faculty committee selects the recipient, based on the conditions that he or she is a Wyoming resident, shows financial need, and aspires to be a police officer.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Wyoming Resident and a junior or senior enrolled as a University of Wyoming Criminal Justice major

  • Show financial need and have a current, completed FAFSA

  • Aspire to become a law enforcement officer

  • Submit a resume and a letter of application expressing your interest in the scholarship, career aspirations, and explanation of need

Please submit your application through this Academic Works link:  https://uwyo.academicworks.com/opportunities/19363

Application deadline:   Thursday, February 1st, 2018


Three William D. Griffith scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of William D. Griffith, students majoring in Criminal Justice at the University of Wyoming benefit from enhancements to the program provided by these funds. These enhancements include William D. Griffith scholarships, a speakers series, access to related educational opportunities, and support for student club activities. Each year, up to three students (a sophomore, a junior, and a senior) majoring in Criminal Justice can receive a William D. Griffith Scholarship. A faculty committee selects recipients based on their academic records, outside activities such as community service, clubs, and organizations.

Three $1,500 Scholarships

  • Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to: one sophomore, one junior, and one senior

  • Applicants must be majoring in Criminal Justice at the University of Wyoming

  • Please submit your resume and a letter of application to the Griffith Committee containing your interest in the scholarship, career aspirations, explanation of need and extent and nature of outside activities (community service, clubs and organizations)

Please submit your application through this Academic Works link:  https://uwyo.academicworks.com/opportunities/19407

Application deadline:   Thursday, February 1st, 2018


"Being honored as a 2008-2009 recipient of the Griffith and Shell Scholarships was one of the greatest highlights of my freshman year at UW. It was a rewarding feeling to know that alumni of this program are so supportive of the great department that is Criminal Justice. I am thrilled to carry on the legacy that so many wonderful people have developed at the University of Wyoming."

--Nema Koohmaraie, 2011 Criminal Justice graduate


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