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The Melissa Linville Criminal Justice Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of Melissa M. Linville, a former beloved Crimcheck team member and friend, in order to honor and extend her legacy of charity, good works, and selflessness. During her life, Melissa touched countless lives through her service and compassion to others, her sincerity of heart, and the joy she brought to everyone surrounding her.


Crimcheck is honored to announce the 2021 recipients of the Melissa L. Linville Criminal Justice Scholarship. The 2021 scholarship was awarded to two recipients, Ruby V. from Chicago, IL. and Carina G. from Turlock, CA.

This scholarship was established for two purposes: to foster and support education leading towards a Criminal Justice career path and to reward deserving applicants who are excellent representatives of this field.

Ruby V.

Ruby is currently studying at the University of Illinois to become an attorney. As someone who has endured and overcome obstacles early in life, these experiences have shaped Ruby’s character. As a leader in her undergraduate community, Ruby has shared her experiences with organizations to motivate, inspire, and teach. She has served a year long term at JusticeCorps where she used her skills and her voice to aid those in need who were unable to afford attorneys in their civil cases. She has since become a fellow for JusticeCorps. Ruby believes that compassion and empathy are a main
component of public service and has chosen to become an attorney to serve with these values.

Carina G.

While Carina has already obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Society with a minor in Criminal Justice, she is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at California State University, Stanislaus. As an intern for the Victim Services Unit, she learned a substantial amount about the difficulties victims encounter in the criminal justice system and the work that it entails to assist these victims. Carina plans to become a Victim Advocate upon graduating in order to further serve her community and help those who find themselves in one of the most vulnerable times of their life.


Crimcheck offers an annual $500 scholarship award to a student who is currently enrolled, or recent high school graduates who are pursuing post-secondary education with the goal of a career in the criminal justice field. Established in 2014, this award recognizes outstanding achievements in academics as well as a desire to make a positive difference in the world.

This scholarship is open to:

  • Students who are currently enrolled in post-secondary education or high school seniors/recent high school graduates who are pursuing post-secondary education in the criminal justice field
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Must be full time or part time student enrolled in classes for the current year

What Are We Looking For?

Crimcheck will review essays for the following :

  • Ambitiousness and desire to be a part of the Criminal Justice field
  • Demonstration of knowledge and commitment to a career in the criminal justice field
  • Demonstration of leadership and willingness to learn

Click here to learn more and apply.

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