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Scholarships

The School of Criminology and Justice Studies is pleased to offer three scholarships to Criminal Justice majors each year.


 The Michael B. Shanahan Memorial Scholarship

The Michael B. Shanahan Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 as the first dedicated scholarship for criminal justice students on our campus.

Michael B. Shanahan graduated Magna Cum Laude from our school in 1985. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a US Marine and then joined the Massachusetts State Police in 1971, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He fought a courageous battle against cancer before passing away in June 2006. His wife, Diane Shanahan, established this scholarship in his name. The school will offer one to two awards each year. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • students must be an undergraduate Criminal Justice major in his/her sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • planning on pursuing a career in law enforcement
  • taking a minimum of four courses or 12 credit hours in upcoming award year
  • have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2 from UMass Lowell courses
  • been a student at UMass Lowell for at least 1 year
  • must have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office; and
  • students will apply by submitting a one page letter to the Chair stating why they are seeking this award

Award Recipients:

  • 2009 Steven Parent
  • 2010 Awilda M. Pimentel
  • 2011 Kyle Napolitano and Robert Silva
  • 2012 Samantha Romano and Robert Silva
  • 2013 Corey Chase and Matthew Nielsen
  • 2014 Jessica Walsh
  • 2015 Jon DeLeon and John DePippo

 The Teddy Dillon III Scholarship

The Teddy Dillon III scholarship was established for students pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

Teddy Dillon III ‘07 was a UMass Lowell Criminal Justice alumnus and River Hawk baseball player who became a corrections officer for the Middlesex House of Corrections in Billerica. Teddy passed away unexpectedly in July 2012. Many members of Teddy’s family along with friends, fellow officers, and members of MCOA Local 500 Union contributed to create this UMass Lowell scholarship fund in his memory.

The school will offer one award each year. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • must be an undergraduate Criminal Justice major or a student athlete in baseball or softball
  • must have and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • taking a minimum of four courses or 12 credit hours in upcoming award year
  • must have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office; and
  • students will apply by submitting a one page letter to the Chair stating why they are seeking this award

Award Recipients:

  • 2014 Brian Triarchis
  • 2015 Jacob Kamrass

 The Allan Roscoe Endowed Scholarship

The Allan Roscoe Endowed Scholarship has been endowed by the Office of Online and Continuing Education in the name of Allen Roscoe in 2015.

Professor Roscoe was an outstanding faculty member who made significant contributions to the development of the Criminal Justice Homeland Security certificate program as well as to the growth of the online program in the Division of Online and Continuing Education.

Scholarships will be awarded to students selected by the Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the Chairperson of the Criminal Justice Department and the Division of Online and Continue Education based on the following criteria:

  • students must be matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Criminal Justice, including Online and Continuing Education
  • must have and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • must have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office; and
  • students will apply by submitting a one page letter to the Chair stating why they are seeking this award

The deadline for these Criminal Justice Scholarship applications is April 15 and it is closed for the 2015-16 academic year. The application will reopen in early April 2016 for the 2016-17 academic year.

For additional information on the Michael B. Shanahan Memorial Scholarship, Teddy Dillon III Scholarship, and Allan Roscoe Endowed Scholarship, please contact Eika Hunt at 978-934-4107.

For information on Financial Aid offered by the University, visit the Financial Aid Office.