Awards and Scholarships

The School of Criminal Justice and the University at large provide various forms of financial support for incoming/graduating MA students.

Master’s Scholarships.  These scholarships provide for partial tuition and/or stipend support. All new, admitted students will be automatically considered for these awards on the basis of merit and/or need. Current students may submit an application directly with the MA program director.

Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Award.  Established in 1979, this distinguished graduate award is named after Ralph Johnson Bunche, the black American statesman, Nobel Peace Laureate, and recipient of an honorary doctor of laws from Rutgers in 1949. Bunche fellowships provide $14,000 plus tuition remission to exceptional, new, full-time students with backgrounds of substantial educational or cultural disadvantage. To apply, check the appropriate box on the graduate and professional school application form. Only those applicants receiving awards will be notified. The award is contingent upon acceptance to a graduate and professional school program and upon full-time enrollment. The application deadline for fall semester awards is March 1, unless the program to which the student is applying has an earlier deadline.

The Richard J. Hughes Award – This award is presented to the graduate who has achieved the highest Academic standing in the Masters of Arts (criminal justice) Program.  The award honors New Jersey’s most distinguished advocate of humane and effective criminal justice, Richard J. Hughes, Policy Maker, Governor and Chief Justice.

The Lieutenant Edward Manzione Award- This award is presented for outstanding achievement to a graduate(s) who served within the criminal justice system while earning a degree of Master of Arts.  The award honors the memory of Lieutenant Edward Manzione, recipient of the school’s first degree.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).  New Jersey residents who are full-time students and who can demonstrate backgrounds of financial and academic hardship are eligible for EOF grants ranging from $200 to $2,650. Students who received EOF grants as undergraduates are presumed eligible if they fall below the maximum income parameters required for all recipients of this state grant. Graduate students who did not receive EOF grants as undergraduates, but feel that they come from backgrounds of financial hardship and wish to be considered, should write to the financial aid office for consideration. The grants are renewable for the duration of a student’s degree work. The student must demonstrate continued eligibility and provide evidence of satisfactory academic progress. In addition, students must complete the FAFSA form to be considered.

Inge Gambe Graduate Scholarship.
  Academic excellence and service to the Rutgers–Newark community are the criteria for this scholarship of $500 or more. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean, Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ 07102.

New Jersey State Grant.  Full-time graduate students, who are classified as New Jersey residents for tuition purposes and who demonstrate financial need, are eligible to receive a New Jersey State Grant. Amounts vary from $200 to $2,650 per year. The money is dependent upon funds being available; grants are renewable. EOF grant recipients are not eligible.

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