Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies Scholarships

We offer several generous scholarships for current students.

Robert Langley Memorial Scholarship Endowment

  • Criteria:  The recipient shall be a full time criminal justice/law studies, demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum GPA of 2.25.
  • Selection Process:  Committee comprised of the Dean, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department Chair, and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies faculty.

Chief Richard Michael Popernik and Joan Grisham Popernik Legal Studies Scholarship Endowment

  • Criteria:  The recipient shall be a full time Junior or Senior Criminal Justice and Law Studies major.
  • Selection Process:  Recipients shall be selected based on academic excellence, community involvement, integrity, and commitment to the program.  Selection shall be made by a committee which consists of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies chair, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies professors and Joan Popernik or her designee in consultation with the Dean of the School of Applied Sciences.

Columbus B. Hopper Scholarship Endowment

  • Criteria:  The recipient shall be a full time Criminal Justice/Law Studies major, classified as a senior for the fall semester prior to applying.  Minimum GPA of 3.75.
  • Selection Process:  Recipients will be selected by the department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies faculty scholarship committee and approved by the Department Chair.
  • Deadline: Application must be submitted by February 1.

Robert T. Warren Outstanding Criminal Justice Student Award Endowment

  • Criteria:  The recipient shall be a Criminal Justice/Law Studies major.
  • Selection Process:  Recipient shall be selected based on academic excellence, integrity, and commitment to the program.  Selections shall be made by a committee which consist of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies faculty.

Professor Bill Luckett Law Studies Endowment

  • Criteria:  The recipient shall be Law Studies major.
  • Selection Process:  Recipient shall be selected based on academic excellence, integrity, and commitment to the program.  Selections shall be made by a committee, which consists of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies faculty.

Scholarship Application Information

  • Prior to April 15, submit a one-page essay of the reasons you are applying for the scholarship.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Many scholarships require financial need. Complete and submit the FAFSA at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Selection and awarding of the scholarships will take place on or before May 1 of each year.
  • All scholarship applications will be reviewed by a Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Awards Committee, consisting of those specified in the scholarships’ selection process.
  • All applicants will be judged on scholarly achievement, extracurricular activities, essay summary and financial need or the selection process specified by the specific scholarship.
  • If selected to receive a scholarship, the recipient must write a thank you letter for the scholarship donor before the scholarship can go into effect. Instructions will be sent by email. Recipient must be enrolled for the fall semester, following application.

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