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Scholarships

Listed below are various scholarships available to undergraduates and graduates. Please note that these are third party scholarships and are not affilated with or distributed by Syracuse University.

AFTE Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 1st

Annually, the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) hosts a scholarship program to provide $2,000 awards to outstanding college students pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or professional degree for a career in forensic science. Qualified applicants must be enrolled at least half-time, have a declared major in the natural or biological sciences, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, have earned junior-level status or above, and intend to become a forensic scientist. Preference will be given to any candidates who are working on a project specifically related to firearm or tool mark examination.

Contact

AFTE Scholarship Program
5255 Mount Etna Drive
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 467-4458
scholarship@afte.org
Scholarship Link

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Deadline: March 1st

For the past 20 years, the American Chemistry Society (ACS) has offered a Scholars Program to grant up to $5,000 annually to underrepresented minority students who are pursuing a college degree in chemistry, forensic chemistry, toxicology, or chemical technology. Eligible African American, American Indian, and Hispanic/Latino applicants must be U.S. citizens, be enrolled full-time at an accredited college, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and be planning a career in any chemical-related science, including forensics. Applications must include an official transcript, ACT/SAT scores, two letters of recommendation, and proof of financial need.

Contact

American Chemical Society Scholars Program
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
scholars@acs.org
Scholarship Link

George H. Robinson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: October 1st

Administered through the Chesapeake Bay Division of the International Association for Identification (CBD-IAI), the George H. Robinson Memorial Scholarship is presented annually for $500 to five outstanding college students who have declared a major in forensic science or a closely related criminal justice field. Eligible candidates must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year university, have at least sophomore-level standing, be taking forensic science coursework, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Applicants are required to attach official college transcripts, two letters of reference, a signed academic advisor form, and a short biographical sketch.

Contact

George H. Robinson Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 224
Broad Run, VA 20137
simmsjr@hotmail.com

J. Edgar Hoover Scientific Scholarship

Deadline: April 6th

In honor of the creator of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the father of modern law enforcement in America, the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation has created a Scientific Scholarship to grant $25,000 to an exemplary college student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in forensic science to start a career in federal law enforcement. Applicants must have at least junior-level status, have a major relevant to criminal investigation, be U.S. citizens, and exemplify Hoover’s commitment to justice. Along with the application, students must provide an official transcript documenting academic achievement and two letters of recommendation.

Contact

J. Edgar Hoover Scientific Scholarship
950 Main Avenue Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 696-3486
john.mccaffrey@tuckerellis.com
Scholarship Link

Johnson-Whyte Memorial Scholarships

Deadline: May 1st

As the world’s largest forensic science association, the International Association for Identification (IAI) proudly hosts the Johnson-Whyte Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide annual awards to junior, senior, or graduate students currently pursuing a degree in forensic science. Qualified applicants must be enrolled full-time at a CHEA-accredited university, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, exhibit financial need, and be seeking future employment in the forensic identification field. Selection will be strongly based on candidates’ academic record, previous forensic work experience, recommendations, personal character, career goals, and professional potential in forensic identification.

Contact

Johnson-Whyte Memorial Scholarships
2131 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 403
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 589-0628

NEAFS Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 30th

Since its inception in 1976, the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS) has hosted a yearly scholarship program to provide $1,000 to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing an accredited degree in forensic science. Qualified candidates must have at least junior-level status with good academic standing at a four-year institution in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New Jersey. Along with the completed application form, candidates will be asked to supply two letters of recommendation from forensic science faculty members and a 500-word letter outlining their career objectives.

Contact

NEAFS Scholarship Program
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104
(610) 606-4661
president@neafs.org
Scholarship Link

Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: February 2nd

Administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides a $10,000 stipend annually to worthy upper-division undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in forensic science, physics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, or materials science. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited institution, have U.S. citizenship, and exhibit a clear dedication for entering a career in the nuclear forensics community upon graduation. Recipients will be invited to complete a summer research program for nine to 12 weeks at the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to participate in their own nuclear forensics mission.

Contact

Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship
650 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 282-8000
ntnfc@hq.dhs.gov
Scholarship Link

SOFT Educational Research Awards

Deadline: April 3rd

Annually, the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) offers the Educational Research Awards (ERA) to provide $2,000 to graduate students currently enrolled in a master’s, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, or medical residency academic program related to forensic toxicology. Applicants must be attending an accredited U.S. graduate or professional school, be completing a research project in forensic toxicology, have outstanding academic standing, exhibit financial need, and plan to pursue a career as a forensic toxicologist. Awardees will also receive an expense-paid trip to the SOFT Annual Meeting to present their toxicological research findings.

Contact

SOFT Educational Research Awards
1 North MacDonald Street Suite 15
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 839-9106
erin.spargo@dallascounty.org