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Criminal Justice Scholarships

Don and Donna Benson Family Scholarship (also listed in business and political)
This scholarship was established in 2009 in honor of Don and Donna Benson by their family. The Benson family has been a strong supporter of Northwestern and hopes this scholarship can help as many Rangers as possible. Applicants should be majoring in business, accounting, law, or political science. Priority will be given to students from the following Oklahoma counties: Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Major, Woodward, Harper, or from Barber County, Kansas. Applicants should have at least a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Jenlink Family Scholarship
This endowment was established in 1991 in honor of Glenn Jenlink by his students, faculty, alumni, family, and friends. After the sudden death of Michael Jenlink, son of Glenn and Helen Jenlink of Cherokee, the scholarship was completely endowed in 2001 through donations. Glenn, Helen and all three of their sons are alumni of Northwestern. Continuing students majoring or minoring in criminal justice are considered for this scholarship. The recipient can receive the scholarship up to three continuous years if all requirements are met. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Jay Linder Scholarship Fund
Jay Linder was a graduate of Alva High School, and a freshman at Northwestern at the time of his untimely death. Jay was an outstanding high school athlete and a bright prospect for the Ranger Baseball Team. In addition to his athletic talents, Jay worked equally hard on the development of his scholastic ability and was an active student leader. The award was established by his family and friends to perpetuate his memory. The recipient must be an upperclassman enrolled in the field of Law Enforcement or Teacher Education. Preference will be given to the applicant who participates in varsity athletics, demonstrates leadership in campus organizations, and has at least a 2.5 GPA.

Gil and Roberta Michaelis Memorial Scholarship
Roberta Joan Michaelis is a Kansas native, but spent a majority of her life as a member of the Alva community. She received her GED from Northwestern, after which she dedicated many years of her life to raising her four children: Dale, Mike, Billy Joe and Patricia. She later began a career as an assistant chief dispatcher for police forces. Upon completing C.L.E.E.T. training in 1990, she became a police officer where she served on the Alva Police Force for a decade, then became a park ranger at the Little Sahara State Park. She returned to the Alva Police Force as the Chief Police Dispatcher, retiring in 2004. This scholarship benefits criminal justice majors at Northwestern who have at least a 2.8 GPA. 

The G. W. Nichols Law Enforcement Scholarship
Gerald W. “Jerry” Nichols was a 1990 graduate of Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He was a sergeant at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility at the time of his accidental death September 20, 1994. This scholarship was established by his widow, Rochelle Nichols Irwin. Its purpose is to provide scholarship assistance to a law enforcement major or minor in the area of corrections or criminal justice with a desire to be a leader in the profession. Scholarships must have at least a 3.0 GPA and reside in Oklahoma, Kansas, or Texas.

The Shafer Family Scholarship
The Shafer Family Scholarship was established in 1992 by family and friends in honor and recognition of two members of the Shafer family, Carl A. Shafer and Dickie Shafer. The scholarship honors a recipient majoring in any area of social science with preference given to law enforcement majors. Carl Anton Shafer began business in Alva in 1934 establishing the well-known Shafer Radio and TV. Shafer attended Northwestern and taught courses in Morse Code with John Cameron to transit pilots. He and his wife Anna Belle served their community well in many volunteer capacities, including generously contributing to the Northwestern Scholarship Drive. Dickie Dean Shafer was a senior honor high school student at the time of his death in 1976 from a gun accident. The scholarship benefits a continuing student majoring in law enforcement who has at least a 2.5 GPA.

R. B. Yadon, Jr. Scholarship
Voluntary gifts from students, alumni, faculty, and other friends established a scholarship honoring Dr. R. B. Yadon, Jr. in 1973. Dr. Yadon was in charge of the university’s law enforcement program from 1970 until he retired in 1981. The scholarship is for students majoring in law enforcement with consideration being given to academic achievement, activities on campus to increase individual development, and need.


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