Scholarship Information and Application Instructions
This scholarship is designed to help Cadets further their education within their chosen profession, Law Enforcement, at the University of Houston-Downtown in the BAAS-Criminal Justice Program. Apply Now
Awards will be made in the amount of $2,500.00 per cadet for each graduating B.P.O.C. This translates into approximately seven (7) cadets receiving this award each year.
When an award is made to a cadet and the cadet enrolls as a student the funds will be placed in an account specifically for that student at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Requirements for receiving the scholarship:
- The cadet must have taken the B.P.O.C. at the University of Houston-Downtown
- The cadet must apply for the scholarship with a letter or application of intent
- The cadet must then enroll as a student at the University of Houston-Downtown in the BAAS-Criminal Justice Program
- In the event the cadet has already attained a bachelor's, the scholarship may be applied to the UHD Criminal Justice Master's Program
Criteria for awarding the scholarship:
Once a cadet has shown their intent to continue their education at the University of Houston-Downtown in the BAAS-Criminal Justice Program, the cadet will apply for the scholarship and it will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- The cadet who has applied and then received the highest overall academic grade will be awarded the scholarship
- In case of a tie with the final grade, the decision will be based on averaging the midterm and the final exam grades
- In case the tie still exists at this point the decision will be based on the overall highest physical training (P.T.) score
Additional Requirements for Master's Program Applicants
Students applying for the scholarship for the MSCJ program at UHD must meet the following minimum qualifications and subsequently be accepted to the MSCJ program.
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or related field from the accredited university. Applicants without a bachelor's degree in criminal justice may be required to complete additional preparatory course work as a condition of admission to the program.
- A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study.
- Applicants whose baccalaureate degree was conferred by a university whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum composite score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam as well as a minimum score of 50 on each of the subscales.
- Three letters of recommendation signed from individuals acquainted with the applicant's potential for academic success. Students who have graduated within the previous 5 years, need two of the recommendation letters to come from a former professor.
Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Criminal Justice Training Center's Director for completion.
Scholarship application will be due by the start of the fourth week of each academy class. Scholarship applications should be addressed to Dr. Leigh Van Horn, College of Public Service.