Justice Scholars Program in Criminal Justice

The Justice Scholars Program is designed to advance innovative leadership in justice-related professions in metro Detroit. By providing leaders with an understanding and appreciation for research, the use of data, and problem-analysis techniques required of today's leaders, the Justice Scholars Program aims to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of the justice system in metro-Detroit.

This program covers all tuition and fees for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program (30 credits) for two students per year.


  • Have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA during undergraduate studies
  • Be employed in a justice-related organization in the public, private, or non-profit sector in Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne county
    • A justice-related organization is any public, private, or non-profit agency/organization that works within the criminal justice system, provides services to justice-impacted individuals, or is engaged in crime and justice-related research
  • Remain employed with a justice-related organization during the entirety of the scholarship
  • Currently be in a leadership position or someone who the organization believes has leadership potential

University admission

Prospective students interested in the Justice Scholar Program don't have to complete a Graduate School application before submitting this application. However, if selected, the recipient must then complete the Graduate School application and be admitted before registering for classes.

Requirements before applying

  • A letter of support from your employer/supervisor with the following:
    • What makes you an ideal candidate for the scholarship
    • Your current role in the organization
    • Your potential for working in a leadership position (if you're already in a leadership position, discuss your leadership qualities and effectiveness
  • Personal statement with the following:
    • Why the applicant believes they are an ideal candidate for the scholarship
    • How the scholarship will assist in achieving your long-term career goals
    • How are you committed to continue working with justice-impacted individuals
  • Copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) from where you received your bachelor/master's degree


The 2022 application is available through August 1.

Submissions for this form have closed on August 2, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.