This year, two exceptional graduate students will be selected through a competitive application process to serve as Graduate Assistants. A Graduate Assistantship in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work is an excellent way to offset the cost of your graduate education while you gain valuable experience working with department faculty.
Graduate assistants will be paid a stipend of $15,000 to be distributed over the fall, spring and summer semesters. In exchange, assistants spend 15 hours a week doing a variety of tasks which may include assisting with grading undergraduate assignments, grading undergraduate examinations, assistance with faculty research projects, or other administrative responsibilities.
To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, you must be admitted to the MSCJ program, and should be available to work 15 hours a week. Newly admitted students and current students are eligible to apply.
The externship/scholarship award was created in collaboration with the Harris County, Texas Juvenile Probation Department for a student interested in a career working with juvenile offenders. The student is awarded a $1500 per semester scholarship and a paid "externship" with the Harris County Probation Department. The student must enroll in CJ 6370 Independent Study and satisfy certain academic requirements established by the instructor for the course.
Eligibility for this MSCJ Graduate Externship requires the following:
certified full-time graduate student (at least 9 semester
credit hours) in the Masters of Criminal Justice degree program who is in good academic standing at the University of Houston-Downtown;
good financial standing with the university at the time of application;
enrolled at UHD during the period in which the award will be used;
nominated by a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice;
enroll in CJ 6370 Independent Study; and
interview with and be offered a part-time position by the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. The student must meet the same employment requirements as a full-time applicant for a position with the department
100 Club Endowed Scholarship
The primary goal of this scholarship is to support students who seek to become certified Law Enforcement Officers in the greater Houston area after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) degree from the University of Houston – Downtown (UHD). Eligible applicants can be incoming freshman, transfer students, or current UHD students majoring in BSCJ. Students must be enrolled full time and be in good standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Scholarship awards begin at $2,500 per academic year. To apply for this application, please contact Dr. Blackburn, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Comparative Criminal Justice Scholarship
The International Comparative Criminal Justice Scholarship at the University of Houston-Downtown is a competitive scholarship open to all Criminal Justice Students. The scholarship includes:
- $1,000 scholarship
- In-State tuition for the Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and the Masters of Science in Criminal Justice program
Available to certified peace officer currently employed by a 100 Club member agency
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