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The Gordon graham leadership and ethics in criminal justice Scholarship

      The purpose of the Gordon Graham Scholarship is to provide scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members who demonstrate potential for or involvement in criminal justice or service while enrolled in a regionally accredited associate degree in criminal justice. The scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship annually. The selection of those meeting the applicable eligibility criteria for scholarships is made by a selection committee appointed by the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute Board of Directors. Applications are submitted through Phi Theta Kappa in the Spring of each year

Criteria for this scholarship are:

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] of associate degree, college-level coursework at the time of application.

  • Being a Phi Theta Kappa member is preferred

  • Hold a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative GPA out of a possible 4.0 on all college-level coursework at the time of application.

  • No courses can be marked as incomplete.

  • Have completed at least 50 percent of coursework in an associate degree criminal justice program at a regionally accredited college by June.

  • Eligible criminal justice programs include: Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensic Science, Police Science, Sociology, Criminal Psychology, Law Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security, Law.

  • NOT be a pre-major or certificate student.

  • Hold temporary or permanent residency in the country of the college the student is attending OR must possess a visa considered appropriate by the college.


About Gordon Graham

        Mr. Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran (now retired) of California Law Enforcement.
In this capacity he served as a motorcycle cop, supervisor, manager and executive. Mr.
Graham was awarded a B.A. in Business from San Francisco State College, a Teaching
Credential from California State University, Long Beach, a Masters Degree in Safety and
Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctorate
from Western State University. His work has been recognized with several notable

1995 California POST – Excellence in Law Enforcement Training
2005 IAFC – Award of Excellence
2008 California POST – Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 IPSLEI – Lifetime Dedication Award
2018 James Oberstar Sentinel for Safety Award
2019 Howard Rayon Award

        Mr. Graham is an internationally known speaker, author, and lecturer. He has founded or co-
founded several key institutions that support the health, safety, efficiencies and effectiveness
of all forms of public safety agencies and personnel. Mr. Graham is also considered an expert in
the field of risk management in public safety.


  • Alysia Rae Oswald Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Minnesota 


  • Jennifer Solis Muscatine Community College Iowa


  • Nicole Magnani  Savannah Technical College Georgia


  • Michelle Calderon  Northeast Texas Community College, Mt. Pleasant, TX

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