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Criminal Justice Scholarship

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.

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Crimcheck is honored to announce the 2019 recipient of the Melissa L. Linville Criminal Justice Scholarship. The 2019 scholarship was awarded to two recipients, Lanna W. from North Carolina A & T State University and Sterling R. from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. 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.  Lanna  is attending North Carolina A & T State University and is studying criminal justice. Ultimately, her goal is to obtain a law degree. For several years, she has volunteered with a local program that assists individuals who have low level criminal records to pursue expungement of their records. Her volunteer work brings her in contact with local attorneys and has helped to fuel her passion to pursue a law degree so that she can continue to assist her local community, churches and schools with legal assistance on a volunteer basis.

Sterling is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota after already earning a degree in Public/Tribal Administration from Fort Berthold Community College. He has worked as a police officer serving the MHA Nation where he found his passion of assisting survivors of domestic violence and assault.  He frequently went above and beyond in his job to connect survivors with the services available to them. He was selected to be the Law Enforcement Board Member of the local Coalition Against Domestic Violence and he promoted the unity between law enforcement and the domestic violence programs. Moving on, Sterling worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Federal Police Officer and during his time there, he received the Badge of Hope Award from the Abused Adult Resource Center. He now works as a Child Protection Investigator for the MHA Nation Child Protection Services, while attending the university.  

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 GPA of 3.0
  • Must be full time or part time students enrolled in classes for the current year.

Application Information

  • All applications (including essay) must be submitted to Scholarship @ (no spaces, click the link) by August 1, 2020
  • To be considered, the following must be submitted together: your information (name, email & phone), transcript of proof of enrollment & a 1-2 page essay (details below)
  • Winner will be selected on August 15, 2020
  • Applications must include a 1-2 page essay describing the applicant’s ambition and goals in the criminal justice field and describing the reason for choosing a career in the criminal justice field,  long term goals, and how the scholarship will help meet those goals


Crimcheck will review essays for the following criteria:

  • 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
  • Does the applicant demonstrate leadership and willingness to learn

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