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School of Criminal Justice Graduate Scholarships

The School of Criminal Justice offers several scholarships, some of which are (exclusively) available to graduate students. For undergraduate scholarships, please visit https://www.cj.txstate.edu/resources/scholarships.html. Graduate students from Criminal Justice are also eligible for most of the scholarships offered by the Graduate College.*

 

Stephan C. Geigel Scholarship

The late Stephan C. Geigel was Director of Security for the Austin area facilities of Motorola Corporation. He was an excellent student whose practical knowledge crossed a wide range of substantive areas in the criminal justice system. Mr. 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.

Application criteria

At the time of applying, the applicant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student pursuing the MSCJ Non-Concentration program at Texas State University OR have met the priority admissions deadline for entering the same program in Fall (February 1).

Amount 

$1,000 to be awarded to one or more students, with each award usually being split equally between the Fall and Spring semesters. Rather than a cash award, the amount granted will be deducted from the student’s university bill.

Source

This scholarship is funded by the Austin MetroTech Foundation, the Austin Community Foundation, and friends and family of Stephan C. Geigel.

Application procedure

Applicants should apply online by February 1. The following documentation is required:

  • an up-to-date resumé;
  • an up-to-date academic transcript;
  • three letters of recommendation; and
  • a statement describing your career and educational goals, and why you feel you would be a suitable recipient for this scholarship.

 

William M. and Emily W. Pruitt Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship 

The William M. & Emily W. Pruitt Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship provides scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate degree or master’s in Criminal Justice.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt have a long tenure with the criminal justice system in Texas.  Bill Pruitt grew up in Galveston County and graduated from Dickinson High School. He graduated from then Southwest Texas State College (Texas State University) in 1964 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He retired as Chief of the Criminal Law Enforcement Division for the Texas Department of Public Safety after working there for nearly 30 years.  Emily Pruitt grew up in north Alabama and attended The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety for 24 years. She retired as a Sergeant on the Governor’s Protective Detail after serving during the terms of four Texas Governors. The Pruitt family has a number of Texas State Alumni: Bill, one of his sons, his brother, and his sister-in-law.

Application criteria

At the time of applying, the applicant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student pursuing the MSCJ Non-Concentration program at Texas State University OR have met the priority admissions deadline for entering the same program in Fall (February 1).

Amount 

$2,000 to be awarded to one or more students, with each award usually being split equally between the Fall and Spring semesters. Rather than a cash award, the amount granted will be deducted from the student’s university bill.

Source

This scholarship is funded from an endowment set up by William M. and Emily W. Pruitt.

Application procedure

Applicants should apply online by February 1. The following documentation is required:

  • an up-to-date resumé;
  • an up-to-date academic transcript;
  • three letters of recommendation; and
  • a statement describing your career and educational goals, and why you feel you would be a suitable recipient for this scholarship.

(*)Please note students from the College of Applied Arts, to which the School of Criminal Justice belongs, are NOT eligible for the Graduate College Scholarship.