This scholarship has been made possible by family and friends in memory of Dr. Ed Wells, who was an esteemed member of the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences for over 25 years. He was often described as the “soul and moral compass” of the Department. His published research included topics on self-concept, broken homes and delinquency, criminological theory, gangs, homicide, police vehicle pursuits, crime and policing in American Indian communities, rural and community policing, and methamphetamine production. His life’s work was dedicated to creating a society that was equitable among and between its citizens. He was naturally curious, inquisitive and had a passion for lifelong learning.
Applicants for the Ed Wells Memorial Scholarship must:
Preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need. The recipient will be presented with a $1000 award, along with a plaque, at the Annual CJS Student Awards Reception.
This scholarship is made possible by family and friends in memory of Peter Vitucci. Peter died in an automobile accident in the fall of 1992. He graduated in 1991 with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and was employed as a police officer with the Wood Dale Police Department. He was an excellent student and had a wonderful relationship with the criminal justice faculty. He was proud to be an Illinois State University graduate and to be working in the criminal justice field.
Qualifications for the Peter Vitucci Memorial Scholarship:
The recipient will be presented with a $1000 award, along with a plaque, at the Annual CJS Student Awards Reception.
The American criminal justice system has worked diligently to remedy discriminatory practices against minorities. While much has been done in the recent past to remedy bad practices, there is much more that can be accomplished to ensure that justice in America is truly justice for all the people of this great nation.
In April of 2010, the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences established the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Award after a man who dedicated himself to social justice, equality, respect, dignity, and compassion. Applicants of this award will be able to demonstrate how they have worked in their communities to embody the spirit and teachings of Rev. King and how they will use their education in criminal justice to further the ideals of social justice.
Qualified candidates for the Reverend Martin Luther King Award must be enrolled and in good standing at Illinois State University, be an undergraduate majoring in Criminal Justice Sciences with at least junior standing, be a member of a traditionally underrepresented group, and demonstrated how they have embodied the spirit and teachings of Rev. King.
The recipient will be presented with a $1000 award, along with a plaque, at the Annual CJS Student Awards Reception on April 7, 2017.
The College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) awards the Larry R. Miller Scholarship each year. Miller served with distinction at Illinois State University from 1971 until his death in January, 1993. This scholarship has been established by Larry's family and friends to perpetuate the pursuit of quality that motivated him. The scholarship is for an undergraduate student enrolled as a major in a program in the College who has completed 60 hours of credit course work, 30 of which should have been completed at Illinois State University. Recipients are recognized during the CAST Spring Meeting.
The McLean County Sportsman’s Association Scholarship is for a Criminal Justice Sciences major who is enrolled in CJS 398.01/398.02 and has been accepted as an intern with the DNR/ Conservation Police (8 or 16 week program). The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.25/4.0 and be interested in a career with the Department of Natural Resources/Conservation Police.
The Scholarship Resource Office in the Financial Aid Office provides assistance to prospective and current students in identifying scholarship resources that could help fund their educational costs. The office is located in Fell Hall, room 231 and is available to students and parents without an appointment or may be contacted at (309) 438-2740.
Students interested in seeking part-time employment may search both on and off campus employment opportunities using the Illinois State University Jobs Web site. On campus positions require students to be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours during the semester.
Army ROTC provides college-trained officers for the Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard. As the largest single source for Army officers, the ROTC program fulfills a vital role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Army.
High school students compete each year for Illinois State University Federal Army ROTC four-year scholarhips, which cover tuition, books, and includes a monthly stipend. Students already on campus may apply for three and two year Illinois State Federal scholarships.
Illinois residents can compete for state ROTC tuition waivers during undergraduate and graduate programs. The ROTC department has 40 of these waivers active during each semester. This assistance is available to freshmen and sophomores without a military obligation.