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  • Scholarships

Sociology & Criminal Justice

  • Sociology & Criminal Justice Scholarships

    All students should contact the financial aid office when they enroll at MSUM to inquire about loans, grants, work study, honors apprenticeships and scholarships.  There are a number of scholarships for which Sociology & Criminal Justice students might be eligible.  In addition, the department offers the following scholarship(s) and award(s).

    Joshua Hanson Service Scholarship

    The Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice seeks your support to establish an endowed scholarship to honor Joshua Hanson. In 2005, Josh completed a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at MSUM and law enforcement skills training at Alexandria Technical College. He planned to be a law enforcement officer when his tour in Iraq was complete and hoped to work as a deputy for the Otter Tail Sheriff's Deparment.

    Johsua Hanson died on August 30, 2006 while serving with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq. He was completing his second tour of duty and was assigned to Company A, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry stationed in southern Iraq.

    The department's goal is to raise at least $10,000 to establish a permanent endowment to fund a scholarship of at least $500 per year. Once the endowment is established, interested generated from it will be used to fund the scholarship. To honor Joshua Hanson's service and sacrifice, the scholarship will be given annually to a department major who demonstrates excellence in service to his or her community. In addition, to be eligible for the award, a student must be a declared major in Criminal Justice, Sociology, or Gerontology, enrolled at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8. Recipients' efforts and Josh's service will be recognized each year at the department's spring reception.

    Your support will help us to reach our goal of establishing a permanent scholarship to honor Joshua Hanson. Directions for donating are listed below. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Deb White at or 218.477.2041.

    Sociology Scholarship Fund

    How to Donate
    Mail Donations To:
    MSUM Alumni Foundation
    1104 7th Ave South
    Moorhead, MN 56563
    *On check note: Joshua Hanson Service Scholarship Fund (E217)

    Donate Online
    Under "Donation Information" find "Fund Area" and select "College of Social and Natural Sciences"
    For "Department" select "Sociology and Criminal Justice"
    For "Scholarship/Fund" select "Joshua Hanson Service Scholarhip"

    Financial Aid Scholarships