If you’re looking for extra money for college there are a variety of scholarships available to forensic science students. It’s doesn’t matter which university you are attending, if you’ve got great grades and a few letters of recommendation you’ll want to apply for as many of these awards as possible.
We’ve listed the top five forensic science scholarships below, in monetary order from highest to lowest. We’ve also highlighted some of the requirements you’ll need to meet in order to apply for them.
1) The J Edgar Hoover Foundation Scientific Scholarship – This is by far the largest scholarship available to forensic science students. Each year the foundation awards $25,000 to a student who is planning to go into law enforcement once they obtain their forensic science degree. Juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. If you choose to apply you will need to submit your transcripts, letters of recommendation and write a detailed letter outlining your career plans. The scholarship winners are selected based on both merit and need, but only one winner is chosen per year.
2) The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners offers a $2000 scholarship each year to forensic science students attending any accredited university. In order to qualify you must be at least a junior (or senior) pursuing your bachelor’s degree in natural, biological or physical science. The scholarship is also open to anyone pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in forensic science. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at least half time. The application period runs from January 1 to April 1 each year.
3) American Academy of Forensic Psychology Dissertation Research Grants – Each year the AAFP offers $5,000 (up to $1,500 per student) in grants for forensic psychology doctoral candidates. In order to apply you must meet the requirements, which include submitting an outline of your proposed research and a timeline. The application deadline is March 31st of each year.
4) The American Society of Crime Lab Directors – The ASCLD awards a $1,000 scholarship to forensic science students each year. They announce the scholarship each year on March 1st and the deadline to submit your application is April 15th. In order to apply you must be a junior, senior or working on your master’s degree (or above). The scholarship is only for people who are planning to enter the forensic field. Unfortunately, if you are already working in a forensic science laboratory and want to pursue an advanced degree, you do not qualify for this scholarship.
5) The Ellis R. Kerley Forensic Sciences Foundation Scholarship – This foundation awards a yearly scholarship to graduate students pursuing a forensic anthropology degree. In order to qualify for the scholarship you must be associated with either the American Board of Forensic Anthropology(ABFA) or the American Academy of Forensic Sciences(AAFS). You will need to obtain a written letter of recommendation from a member of the ABFA as well as have an excellent academic record and a history of community service. The amount of the scholarship is not stated.
These are the major forensic science scholarships that are available regardless of which school you attend. However, there are a number of other school-specific scholarships available for forensic majors. Check with your university’s financial aid office to determine if your school offers additional scholarship options for forensic science students.