Undergraduate Scholarships

Northwest Florida State College to UWF Transfer Scholarship

The Department of Justice Studies is pleased to announce our newest scholarship opportunity for students: the Criminal Justice Transfer Scholarship. This scholarship is for Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) students who are transferring to the University of West Florida (UWF) Emerald Coast.

This scholarship, in the amount of $500, will be awarded to first–time NWFSC transfer students. Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded each fall and spring semester.
The following are criteria for the scholarship:

  1. Must apply, be accepted and transfer from NWFSC to UWF. To apply to UWF, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Students page.
  2. Must have Criminal Justice listed as their major.
  3. Must register and complete at least 9 credit hours including at least one face-to-face Criminal Justice class at the Emerald Coast campus.
  4. Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
  5. Must complete and submit the required personal statement by the application deadline.
  6. Scholarship is renewable depending on academic standing and available funding.

The requirement for consideration for this scholarship is to prepare and submit a typed, 500 word statement describing why you believe you are deserving of this scholarship and how it will help you obtain your educational goals. Include your name, UWF student number and email address at the top of your personal statement.

Please send your completed personal statement to Marcy Ross.
University of West Florida
Attention: Marcy Ross 
1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547-5068

Email is also acceptable with the statement as an attached document. Send

Evelyn Ortiz & John Smykla Criminal Justice Scholarship in Diversity

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate criminal justice majors. The award amount is $500. To apply, submit application and a two- to three-page, double-spaced essay that 1) defines what diversity means to you, 2) relates the importance of diversity to the criminal justice system, and 3) includes a well-rounded argument including, where appropriate, one’s own experience, empirical data, and theoretical perspectives. Include some scholarly citations, and submit the essay to Ms. Debbie Davis (

Stephen Bolyard Scholarship


Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Northwest Florida Chapter


John C. Pace Jr. Undergraduate Scholarship


UWF Bookstore Scholarship


Mabie Undergraduate Scholarship

The Mabie scholarship is offered to graduate or undergraduate students to travel to make teaching or research presentations at professional conferences. Students interested in applying for the scholarship must complete the Mabie Scholarship Application form, and a typed, double spaced summary to include the following material:

  1. Provide an abstract of approximately 250 words describing the project that will be presented at the conference.
  2. Provide a summary of the importance of your project in terms of its contribution to teaching, research, or service to your profession.
  3. If co-presenting, describe your individual contribution toward the presentation.
  4. A budget that details a) the total anticipated travel costs, b) costs funded from other sources, and c) the travel award amount requested.

Download the CJ Mabie Scholarship Application (DOCX)

Please submit the above materials to Ms. Debbie Davis (

The Department of Criminal Justice has many scholarship opportunities for its students. Scholarship amount and availability vary by semester. Email notifications are sent to enrolled students when scholarships become available. For more information about Justice Studies scholarships, contact Ms. Debbie Davis ( For other scholarships not listed below, please visit the UWF Office of Financial Aid.

Criminal Justice Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form (DOCX)