The J. Edgar Hoover Foundation established the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Leadership Scholarship in June 2016 to provide merit-based scholarships for students in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. It is the donor's preference that this scholarship be awarded to students who intend to pursue a career in law enforcement and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Multiple scholarships ($1,500 each) will be awarded to high achieving CCJS rising juniors and seniors. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of demonstrated strength in CCJS coursework, merit, and leadership ability. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in and are eligible for law enforcement careers.  Recipients of the scholarships will be recognized in the College's annual Scholarship Recognition Program Booklet, shared with BSOS Donors.

The application period is now closed.

Applicants for the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Leadership Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Declared as a CCJS major
  • Rising junior or senior standing for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Will register as a full-time student for the Fall 2024 semester and in good academic standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 for all colleges/universities attended
  • Students must have completed at least 12 credits of coursework at the University of Maryland
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities
  • U.S. Citizen

The following materials must be submitted to complete your scholarship application:

  1. Transcript (official or unofficial) – Student’s cumulative GPA from the University of Maryland will be considered
  2. Resume (1-2 pages) - please include expected graduation date
  3. Short Bio (250 words or less) – Include year of study, major, other activities relevant to scholarship and professional activities
  4. Short Answer (1-2 pages) – Specifying career and academic goals


For questions, please contact CCJS Advising at ccjsadvising [at]