Scholarships

Students interested in criminal justice and related justice fields can apply for scholarships offered by the department.

They must complete and submit the general University scholarship application form. More information, including a link to the FAFSA application, is available through the University's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship. The deadline is Feb. 1.

The following scholarships are available.

William A. Brodhead Memorial Scholarship

Assistant Police Chief William Brodhead slipped into a coma following surgery and died on Feb. 21, 1970. He was 23-year veteran with the Reno Police Department starting his career as an officer in 1947, he was promoted to assistant chief in 1959. Brodhead was among the first to become a certified polygraph examiner, where he became an expert witness in the field. The Brodhead family created a memorial scholarship for students interested in police science. This is the longest-standing scholarship within the department.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

James D. Hoff Peace Officers Memorial Fund

James D. Hoff, known as Jimmy, was born in West Virginia and raised in northern Nevada. After spending his teenage years in Reno, he served in the armed forces. Hoff returned to Reno and joined the police department. He served in patrol, canine and narcotics divisions. On June 25, 1979, he died working an undercover narcotics transaction. The James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial, in Idlewild Park, honors other Nevada officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Hoff was 32.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Trooper Carlos Jose Juan Borland

Trooper Carlos Jose Juan Borland was shot and killed on Dec. 1, 1993, when he stopped a car that had not paid for gasoline. Borland didn't know that the suspect in the vehicle had killed two people in Texas, and the car was stolen. Borland had been with the Nevada Highway Patrol for one year.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Officer Larry Johnson Memorial Fund

Officer Larry Johnson was dedicated to law enforcement. The Louisiana native moved to Reno in 1979 and became a reserve Sparks officer in 1981. He joined the force full time in 1984. Johnson was good-natured, good-hearted and committed to his job. He also was devoted to his two children, Michelle and Michael. Johnson was killed in a gun battle on May 22, 1995.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Officer Keith Hashimoto Memorial Fund

Officer Keith Hashimoto died in the line of duty on March 29, 1996. He and Steven Pitts, a friend and fellow officer, were in training with the Navy SEALs, which they had done often. On a routine parachute jump, Hashimoto's chute failed to open. Hashimoto had been with the Reno Police Department since 1988 after transferring from the Washoe County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of the Reno Police Department SWAT group.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Deputy Franklin Minnie Memorial Fund

Washoe County Sheriff's Deputy Franklin Minnie was killed in the line of duty on June 1, 1997. While in pursuit of a trespass suspect on his police motorcycle, it is thought he was struck by debris from a tractor trailer he was passing. Minnie lost control of the motorcycle and struck the median. The deputy had been with the department for 10 years and was an experienced motorcyclist.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Sergeant Travis Maki Memorial Fund

Elko County Sheriff's Sergeant Travis Maki was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 29, 1997. Maki, 32, was assisting at the site of an accident when he fell to his death from an Interstate 80 overpass. Maki, who had recently been promoted, had been at Elko deputy for 10 years.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Sgt. George Sullivan Memorial Fund

Sgt. George Sullivan had been with the University Police Department for 19 years. The only thing that surpassed his passion for law enforcement was his love and devotion to the University of Nevada, Reno, and its students. Sullivan exemplified what it meant to be an excellent law enforcement officer, a loving husband and devoted father. Sullivan was killed on Jan. 1, 1998, while performing his routine campus patrol. His murderer remains on death row.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Deputy Ed Callahan Memorial Fund

Deputy Ed Callahan had worked for 30 years for U.S. Customs, where he specialized in marine enforcement. He retired in 1995 and began working for Douglas County during the summers helping with the boat patrol unit, which covered Lake Tahoe from Glenbrook to Stateline. Callahan died in the line of duty when his boat capsized in icy waters, and he drowned on May 24, 1998.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

Officer John Bohach Memorial Fund

Officer John Bohach served with the Reno Police Department for 13 years. He served in several special assignments including the sex crime unit, where he spent several years. Bohach was killed on Aug. 22, 2001, with a high-powered rifle during a shootout with a suspect that had barricaded himself inside of his home after a high-speed chase.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be a declared Criminal Justice major who plans to enter law enforcement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

G&R Basta Criminal Justice Scholarship - Renamed in Memory of Keith Hashimoto

Mr. Basta served as a reserve officer for Reno Police Department for many years and created this scholarship to assist those pursuing careers in law enforcement.

Award criteria:
Eligible candidate must:

  • Be nominate by the criminal justice department
  • Be majors in criminal just
  • Be of junior or senior standing
  • Have a full-time enrollment (24 credits per year)
  • Have a 3.0 GPA for consideration and award
  • Be a Nevada resident who graduated from an accredited state high school
  • not be part of the University's athletic program

Robert Chaires Law and Justice Scholarship Endowment

Robert Chaires joined the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice in 1991. He completed his law degree, while working as a Denver police officer. He obtained his doctorate in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Before coming to University, Chaires was a police officer in Denver for 12 years and an attorney in private practice. After leaving the Denver Police Department, he became a lead legal access attorney for the Colorado Department of Corrections, advising inmates throughout the system and supervising both inmate and government paralegals. He also was a co-founder of the department's Law and Justice specialization and, for more than a decade, advised undergraduate students interested in careers in law and taught a one-credit course on law school and legal careers. His passion was teaching students about law and justice and encouraging them to believe in their own potential and to strive for excellence. Chaires inspired countless students to go on to law school and careers in law.

The establishment of an endowed scholarship in the name of the late Robert Chaires is intended to carry on his legacy of commitment to equal justice and particularly to encourage Latino and other minority students to believe in themselves and to pursue careers in law.

Award Criteria
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree in criminal justice with a law and justice specialization
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA to receive and retain the award
  • Be full-time students taking a minimum of 12 regularly scheduled University of Nevada, Reno credit hours each semester. However, the University recommends that students enroll in at least 15 credit hours each semester.
  • Meet one of the following criteria (listed in order of preference): a) Latino student; b) minority student
  • Be recommended by the College of Liberal Arts Department of Criminal Justice Scholarship Committee

Manning Criminal Justice Scholarship

This one-year scholarship was created in memory of Elizabeth Manning. She was a criminal justice alumni.

Award criteria:
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be nominated by the criminal justice department
  • Be an undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice
  • Have a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Preference given to female students

Close Criminal Justice Scholarship

The Helen Close Charitable Foundation donates to multiple departments within the university including the criminal justice department. This one-year scholarship is limited to use for tuition, fees and books.

Award criteria:
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be nominated by criminal justice department
  • Be a criminal justice major
  • Have a minimum 2.50 University GPA(or high school GPA for incoming freshman)
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester though 15 is recommended
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Preference given to those with financial need

Schooley Criminal Justice Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Roy R. and Russell T. Schooley. Russell was an University of Nevada, Reno graduate and worked at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office for 20 years before retiring at the rank of deputy chief. He also was employed by the University for many years as a groundskeeper. The scholarship was established for individuals pursuing an education that would lead into a career in law enforcement.

Award criteria:
Eligible candidate must:

  • Be a criminal justice major (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Be a Lyon County or Washoe County high school graduates only, but preference given to Lyon student
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Have a minimum 2.75 University cumulative GPA for undergraduates; 3.0 University cumulative GPA for graduates
  • Take a minimum of six University credits per semester