Merit Scholarship Available to New LEPSL Students Applying for Fall 2021 Admission
Apply by June 8th to be considered for one of ten $2,500 scholarships.
Could you use an extra $2,500 to cover the cost of your master’s degree? USD is funding up to $25,000 in scholarships for new students admitted to the M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership (LEPSL) program for the Fall 2021 term. Individual scholarship awards of $2,500 each will be granted to applicants who are determined, based on their application and essay, to become student leaders who will enrich the quality of the program for the entire MS-LEPSL student community.
Eligibility and Process
- The scholarship funds are only available to new students applying to the M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Program with a start term of Fall 2021
- Standard program admission requirements apply:
- Online application for admission must be completed and submitted by June 8th. Your designated start term must be Fall 2021. (Classes start Sept. 7).
- Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (USD can request transcripts on your behalf. Please fill out this form and return it to your enrollment advisor.)
- Resume demonstrating professional experience in law enforcement, active-duty military or public safety
- Statement of purpose
- Letter of support from your employer, or two letters of reference
- Note: You may be required to provide additional supporting materials if your undergraduate GPA was lower than 2.75 or was conferred by a university outside the U.S. Please let our admissions team know if either of these conditions applies.
- In addition to the standard application materials outlined above, if you wish to be considered for the merit scholarship you must write and submit a 350-word essay answering one of the following prompts:
- Option 1: “Reimagining” law enforcement is a visible and hotly debated topic in the modern era. In your view, what does an engaged public safety agency look like in 2022 America?
- Option 2: The 30×30 Initiative seeks to increase female representation in the law enforcement profession to 30% by the year 2030. From an organizational leadership perspective, what tangible and cultural steps need to be taken to reach this goal?
- All application materials, as well as your scholarship essay, must be submitted by June 8th as follows:
- Application and letter of recommendation submitted online
- Scholarship essay submitted via email to your enrollment counselor
- Official transcripts sent to the Graduate Admissions Office (email@example.com)
- All applicants must work with an enrollment counselor to apply for the scholarship. Fill out the form on this page to start the process.
- Applicants who were admitted to the program for a prior start term (whether or not they enrolled) are not eligible to apply for a Fall 2021 scholarship award
- Scholarships will be awarded by the end of June, with email notifications going out the week of June 28.
- Recipients of scholarship funds must register for the Fall term by August 16. The merit scholarship funds will be deposited in the student’s account and applied to tuition for the first term.
- Recipients of a scholarship award are not eligible to receive any other incentive gift or promotional offer.