Financial Aid

Missouri Western Scholarships - Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work

Brad Arn Scholarship
A scholarship will be given annually in memory of Brad Arn, a St. Joseph police officer killed in the line of duty. Recipient should be majoring in Criminal Justice, with a GPA of 2.0 or above, with financial need. Preference will be given to St. Joseph police officers returning to college first and then other area law enforcement officers.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application


Dan D. DeKraai Scholarship
Student attending Missouri Western State University Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Preference given to students demonstrating qualities of leadership. The character, integrity, and athletic achievement of the applicant will be considered.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Contact the Law Academy for Application Procedures


Excellence – Criminal Justice (Freshman)
Six scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded to incoming freshmen desiring to major in criminal justice, legal studies or social work. Applicants must have earned an ACT composite score of 21-24 and enroll in LAW100 or LAT101 during their first semester.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application


Harriette Schulz Scholarship
Harriette Schulz understood the importance of higher education. After helping her children through college, she eventually earned a master’s degree and used her college education and considerable talents to improve the lives of people in need through her grant writing and research efforts. Applicants must be a full-time student majoring in social work with a social commitment to others in need through previous volunteer activities or other related humanitarian efforts. Financial need is also a consideration.  Scholarship may be renewed if criteria are met.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application


Hayes Criminal Justice Scholarship
Established by Simon and Monya Rositzky in recognition of James Robert Hayes’ contribution to the community as chief of police, this scholarship will be awarded to a criminal justice major. The recipient must have obtained junior status and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application


Jimmie R. Nix Scholarship
The Jimmie R. Nix Scholarship is awarded to a degree seeking criminal justice major with an emphasis in law enforcement. Must be a junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Preference will be given to current law enforcement officers (not private security). Financial need will be a consideration.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application


Kelly Gentry Murphy Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in criminal justice who has demonstrated financial need and has a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application


Law Enforcement Scholarship
The Law Enforcement Scholarship is available to a student attending the Missouri Western State University Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Preference is given to students demonstrating qualities of leadership. The character and integrity of the applicant will be considered.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Contact the Law Academy for Application Procedures


Leroy Maxwell Memorial Scholarship
The Leroy Maxwell Memorial Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to a degree-seeking criminal justice major with an emphasis in law enforcement or juvenile offenders. Preference will be given to law enforcement officers or juvenile personnel. Must have a 2.50 GPA to be considered. Must demonstrate financial need.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application


William H. Strop Pre-Law Scholarship
Student must be full-time junior or senior with a GPA 3.0, plan to attend law school at Missouri University School of Law Columbia MO and demonstrate financial need.
Application Deadline: February 1st
Application Procedures: Complete the General Scholarship Application