Graduate (MSCJ) Scholarships
The School of Criminal Justice offers several scholarships, some of which are (exclusively) available to graduate students. For undergraduate scholarships, please visit https://www.cj.txstate.edu/resources/scholarships.html. The Graduate College also offers a Graduate College Scholarship but please note students from the College of Applied Arts, to which the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology belongs, are NOT eligible for this.
Stephan C. Geigel Scholarship
The late Stephan C. Geigel was Director of Security for the Austin area facilities of Motorola Corporation. He was an excellent student whose practical knowledge crossed a wide range of substantive areas in the criminal justice system. Mr. Geigel was regarded as a mentor and as a role model by fellow students who lacked his experience in the field. He was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in 1993.
Current students on the MSCJ Non-Thesis Option and the MSCJ Research Concentration Thesis Option program at Texas State University are eligible to apply.
$900 to be awarded to one student, with each award usually being split equally between the Fall and Spring semesters. Rather than a cash award, the amount granted will be deducted from the student’s university bill.
This scholarship is funded by the Austin MetroTech Foundation, the Austin Community Foundation, and friends and family of Stephan C. Geigel.
William M. and Emily W. Pruitt Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship
The William M. & Emily W. Pruitt Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship provides scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate degree or master’s in Criminal Justice. Both Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt have a long tenure with the criminal justice system in Texas. Bill Pruitt grew up in Galveston County and graduated from Dickinson High School. He graduated from then Southwest Texas State College (Texas State University) in 1964 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He retired as Chief of the Criminal Law Enforcement Division for the Texas Department of Public Safety after working there for nearly 30 years. Emily Pruitt grew up in north Alabama and attended The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety for 24 years. She retired as a Sergeant on the Governor’s Protective Detail after serving during the terms of four Texas Governors. The Pruitt family has a number of Texas State Alumni: Bill, one of his sons, his brother, and his sister-in-law.
Both current and prospective students on the MSCJ Non-Thesis Option and the MSCJ Research Concentration Thesis Option program at Texas State University are eligible to apply. Prospective students must meet the priority admissions deadline for Fall entry (i.e., February 1).
$900 each to be awarded to three students, with each award usually being split equally between the Fall and Spring semesters. Rather than a cash award, the amount granted will be deducted from the student’s university bill.
This scholarship is funded from an endowment set up by William M. and Emily W. Pruitt.
Prospective and current students should apply through the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS), where the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology Scholarship Gateway application will become available for them. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2022. The documentation required will be listed within BOSS.