- Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship Award
The John Jay College Alumni Executive Board and the Center on Terrorism have established a special Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship in honor of the many John Jay College of Criminal Justice alumni who died on September 11, 2001. The scholarship memorializes victims from our community and supports advanced academic studies to promote a better understanding of terrorism, strategies for countering it, and policies for preventing it.Scholarship: $2,000 annual award to a John Jay graduate student ($1,000 per semester)EligibilityRequirements: All candidates must satisfy the following requirements:A) Have at least 9 graduate degree credits at the time of application;B) Be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in at least one John Jay College Terrorism Studies course during each semester (see enclosed Terrorism Studies Curriculum);C) Have a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA;D) File a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)(www.fafsa.ed.gov );E) Submit the following materials:1. Completed John Jay College scholarship application2. Personal essay of approximately 500 words describing —i. how graduate education can contribute to the understanding and prevention of terrorismii. the applicant’s professional ambitions after graduation2. Unofficial transcript of graduate degree credits (eSIMS printout is acceptable)4. Two recommendation letters from faculty or professional referencesFinalists will be selected by the College Scholarship Committee and will have a personal interview with the Alumni Scholarship Committee.Internship: To provide a rich context for the terrorism studies curriculum, the 2013scholarship recipient is expected to complete an on-site internship at the Center on Terrorism, which will not exceed forty (40) hours per semester for two consecutive semesters, based on the scholarship recipient’s availability. Tasks include development, coordination and attendance during Friday Seminar Series and conferences, as well as researching, engaging and facilitating presentations by speakers who are leaders in the field.Submission: Application materials, including complete contact information, must be received by Monday, September 15, 2014. Please send or deliver materials to:Mr. Michael ScadutoScholarship CoordinatorJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice445 West 59th Street, Room 1280NNew York City, NY 10019For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-237-8872. Thank you for your interest.
Past Recipients of the John Jay Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship
Cathy Cahill was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2012-2013 academic year. She is an international student from Ireland and is currently working toward her Masters in Forensic Psychology. Cathy is also working toward the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Cathy earned a B.A. in Psychology from the National University of Ireland in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. Surrounded by reports of terrorist attacks near her home all her life, the events of September 11th, 2001 crystallized her interest in the study of terrorism. To pursue this research, she came to John Jay College in August 2011. She is currently working on a thesis which examines rhetorical devices in al-Qaeda propaganda. Cathy hopes to pursue a career in intelligence analysis.
Marina Bontkowski was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2010-2011. She is currently working toward her Masters in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. Marina is also working toward the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Marina earned a B.A. in Psychology with a certificate in Mind, Brain, and Behavior and citation in Spanish from Harvard University. She developed an interest in terrorism research after interning at the Department of Justice as an undergraduate and taking terrorism classes at John Jay College. Marina hopes to pursue a career in Federal law enforcement.
Anne Walton was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2009-2010 academic year. Anne recently completed a Masters in Criminal Justice and the Terrorism Certificate program and is currently a Program Assistant with the Center on Terrorism and a Research Consultant for the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. She has a background in intelligence and financial crimes investigation and hopes to pursue research in counterterrorist financing efforts and capacity building in East Africa.
Katy Glover was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2007-2008 academic year. She is currently working toward her Masters in Forensic Psychology. Katy is also working toward the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She holds a B.S. in Forensic Studies with a minor in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is currently employed with NYC Department of Investigation, as a Confidential Investigator. She is also currently serving as the coordinator of a major national conference hosted by the Center on “Interrogation and Torture Controversy: Crisis in Psychology” scheduled for the fall of 2008. After graduation she hopes to be employed by a federal agency as a Special Agent.
Benjamin Orr was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. He obtained a Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, specializing in Policy Analysis. Benjamin also earned the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri-Rolla. After graduation he hopes to enter law school.
Mr. Orr’s interest in terrorism and fundamentalist extremism both precedes and is a response to the attacks of September 11th, 2001. He was raised in a Christian sect that, though pacifist, bore many markers of more violent groups. After separating from the sect in college-the rest of his immediate family soon followed-he wrote his senior thesis in 2000 on the comparability of terrorist groups in first and third world countries, focusing on the Red Army Faction in Germany and Sendero Luminosa in Peru. His research interests are terrorist networks, terrorist financing and the intersection of civil liberties and counter terrorism policy. Benjamin serves as a Research Associate at the Center on Terrorism on the Global Network Terrorism project.
Robert Marmara of Rockaway, New Jersey, was the recipient of the John Jay College Alumni Association Counter Terrorism Graduate Scholarship Award for the 2002-2003 academic year. Robert was the first recipient of the award given to a graduate student in honor of the many alumni who died in the September 11th attacks. Mr. Marmara served as the coordinator of a major national conference hosted by the Center on “Torture After 9/11” in the fall of 2003.