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College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

J. P. Strom Undergraduate Scholarship

The J. P. Strom Endowment was established in 1979 to honor the former chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Strom was one of the key supporters of the early development of law enforcement education in South Carolina. He was instrumental in the creation of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the establishment of the College of Criminal Justice in 1974. This fund is designated in support of the values of innovation, leadership, and professionalism that were strongly associated with Chief Strom.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be continuing CRJU majors having successfully conpleted a minimum of 30 credit hours at USC, including 6 credit hours of Criminology and Criminal Justice course work.
  • Recipients must maintain full-time status (at least 15 credit hours per semester) in the department with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Award Summary:

Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated achievement, leadership ability, community service and on the strengths and coherence of applicants’ responses to an essay question.

All scholarships are $750 per semester with a 3-year value of $4,500. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice will fund no more than three awards (new + continuting) per semester. The award is renewable for up to three years as long as a grade point average of 3.0 is maintained.

Required Documents:

  • Electronic Application via web.
  • Essay: Must be word processed following guidelines
  • Two references: One academic and one service related.


Direct application forms to:

Ms. Patricia Armstrong
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208