Justice Scholars Program in Criminal Justice

The Justice Scholars Program helps 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.

  • Eligibility

    Applying students should:

    • 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
  • Admission to Wayne State

    Future 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

    Please provide:

    • 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) where you received your bachelor/master's


Submissions will be accepted starting on April 22, 2024 at 12:00 am.