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Criminal Justice Scholarships are awarded for the Fall  Term of 2014.  Students must be currently enrolled at Texas State University and majoring in Criminal Justice at the time of application. Each application must be submitted as a complete package and must be received on or before April 30, 2014 at the Texas State University Criminal Justice Department, 108 Hines Academic Center.   Piecemeal or late applications will not be considered. Applications for the scholarships are processed directly through the Texas State University Criminal Justice Department.

            The actual number of scholarships and the amount awarded is predicated by the activity of the stock market. All existing scholarship funds are invested in various media and the award is generated by the amount of the return on the investment for a particular period.

            Students will not receive cash for an awarded scholarship. Instead, an amount equal to the size of the award will be deducted from the recipient’s tuition bill for the appropriate term. All recipients will be automatically reviewed at the end of the Fall Term to determine continued eligibility for the Spring Term. All recipients are expected to write a letter of appreciation to the family of the memorialized former student at the beginning of the Fall Term.

 


STEVE WILLIS CRIMINAL JUSTICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENT CRITERIA:  At the time of application the applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student majoring in Criminal Justice at the undergraduate level at Texas State University.

AMOUNT:  $500.00 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2014

SOURCE:  The Steve Willis Family and the Texas Wheels Sports Car Club of America

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants should prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals.  An application, resume, transcript,  and three letters of recommendation should also be enclosed.

NOTE:  Steve Willis was an ATF agent who was killed in the line of duty in 1993.  He was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University in Criminal Justice


KEITH RUIZ CRIMINAL JUSTICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENT CRITERIA: At the time of application the applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student majoring in Criminal Justice at the undergraduate level at Texas State University.

AMOUNT: $500 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2014

SOURCE: The Willis Family and the Travis County Sheriff Officers Association

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants should prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals.  An application, resume, transcript, and three letters of recommendation should also be enclosed.

NOTE: Keith Ruiz graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1987 with a major in Criminal Justice.  He was a member of the Travis County County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team when he was killed in the line of duty in 2001 while serving a search and arrest warrant.


PATRICK METZLER CRIMINAL JUSTICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENT CRITERIA:  At the time of application the applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student majoring in Criminal Justice at the undergraduate level at Texas State University.

AMOUNT: $500.00 for the Fall Term of 2014

SOURCE: The Metzler Family and the Dallas Police Officers Association

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals.  An application, resume, transcript, and three letters of recommendation should also be enclosed. 

NOTE: Patrick Metzler graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1993 with a major in Criminal Justice.  He was a member of the Dallas Police Department when he was killed in the line of duty in 2004.


PAUL and LOIS BLANEY MEMORIAL ENDOWED

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENT CRITERIA: At the time of application the the applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student majoring in Criminal Justice at the undergraduate level at Texas State University who has earned a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.  Although not an exclusive requirement, preference is given to applicants seeking a career in municipal law enforcement.  Under the stipulations imposed by the Blaney family, financial need is to be considered a factor for the award of the scholarship.

AMOUNT: $500.00 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2014, renewable for the Spring Term of 2015 pending satisfactory progress.

SOURCE:  The Paul and Lois Blaney Estate

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants should prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals.  An application, resume, transcript, and three letters of recommendation should accompany the letter of intent.

NOTE:  After Mr. Paul Blaney retired from the Chicago as a lieutenant, he became a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at Southwest Texas State University.  He and his wife left a sizeable amount of their estate to Texas State University to be used as scholarships for needy students.


DONALD B. HARRELSON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR PEACE OFFICERS

STUDENT CRITERIA: Applicants must be licensed in-service peace officers employed full-time with a city, county, or state law enforcement agency as defined by Article 2.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  Applicants must possess a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and be currently enrolled at Texas State University with a degree plan and must be making progress toward either a Bachelor's or Master's degree.  Applicants must not be receiving or be eligible to receive tuition assistance from any other source; e.g. VA. officer's agency, or officer's community, etc.

AMOUNT: $500.00 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2014, renewable for the Spring Term of 2015 pending satisfactory progress.

SOURCE: Donald B. Harrelson Endowment Fund

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants must complete an application and submit a resume, statement of educational and professional goals resume, transcript and three letters of recommendation.  Appropriate proof of employment on agency letterhead must be attached with the application.

NOTE: Donald B. Harrelson was a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at Southwest Texas State University from 1971 to 1987.  During his tenure he served as Department Chair and Associate Dean of the School of Applied Arts and Technology.  In 1983 he was honored by the Texas Association of Law Enforcement Educators as the recipient of the prestigious Wallace D. Beasley Award "for outstanding achievement and excellence in law enforcement training and education."  He is co-author of The Texas Peace Officer.


KURT KNAPP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENT CRITERIA: At the time of application, the student must be currently enrolled as a full-time student majoring in Criminal Justice at the undergraduate level at Texas State University.  Preference is given to students pursuing a career in law enforcement.

AMOUNT:  $500 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2014, renewable for the Spring Term of 2015 pending satisfactory progress

SOURCE:  The friends and family of Kurt Knapp.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants should prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals.  An application, resumé, transcript, and three letters of recommendation should also be enclosed.

NOTE:  Kurt Knapp graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1999 with a major in Criminal Justice.  He was a member of the Texas Department of Public Safety when he was killed in the line of duty in 2001 while serving on DWI task force in Gillespie County.


STEPHEN C. GEIGEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENT CRITERIA: At the time of application the applicant must be currently enrolled as graduate student pursuing the MSCJ at Texas State University.

AMOUNT: $500.00 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2010

SOURCE: Austin MetroTech Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, friends and family of Stephen Geigel

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals. An application, resumé, transcript and three letters of recommendation should also be enclosed.

NOTE: The late Stephen C. Geigel was Director of Security for the Austin area facilities of Motorola Corporation (now Freescale). He was an excellent student whose practical knowledge crossed a wide range of areas in the ciminal justice system. Geigel was regarded as a mentor and as a role model by fellow students who lacked his experience in the field. He was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in 1993.


KEVIN SHIMEK CRIMINAL JUSTICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

 
STUDENT CRITERIA: At the time of application the applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student majoring in Criminal Justice at the undergraduate level at Texas State University or must be a member of the University’s Water Ski Team.
 
AMOUNT: $500 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2014 renewable for the Spring Term of 2015 pending satisfactory progress
 
SOURCE: The Shimek Family and the Texas State University Water Ski Club 
 
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals. An application, resumé, transcript, and three letters of recommendation should also be enclosed. 
 
NOTE: Kevin Shimek was a Criminal Justice major at Texas State University who was killed in an automobile accident prior to graduation.

YARI MOKRI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

 
STUDENT CRITERIA: A the time of the application the student must be currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a BSCJ at Texas State University.
 
AMOUNT: $500 to be awarded for the Fall Term of 2014, renewable for Spring 2015 pending satisfactory progress
 
SOURCE: Friends and family of Yari Mokri
 
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 and prepare a letter of intent stating career and educational goals. An application, resumé, transcript and three letters of recommendation should also be enclosed. An essay of approximately 500 words should be prepared explaining why the applicant is deserving of this scholarship and should stress financial need.
 
NOTE: The late Yari Mokri graduated with a BSCJ in May of 2005 with aspirations of doing intelligence analysis in law enforcement. He joined the United States Army to gain experience in the field. On December 6, 2006 he was killed when an IED exploded near his vehicle when he was patrolling the area of Hawijah, Iraq area.