Scholarships

  • John Jay College Alumni Association 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)
     
    Eligibility
    Requirements:       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 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)(www.fafsa.ed.gov ); 
    E)      Submit the following materials:
    1.       Completed John Jay College scholarship application
    2.       Personal  essay of approximately 500 words describing – 
    i.                    how graduate education can contribute to the understanding and prevention of terrorism
    ii.                  the applicant’s professional ambitions after graduation
    3)     Unofficial transcript of graduate degree credits (eSIMS printout is acceptable)
    4)     Two recommendation letters  from faculty or professional references
     
    Finalists 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 Thursday,October 4, 2012.   Please send or deliver materials to:
     
    Mr. Michael Scaduto
    Scholarship Coordinator
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    445 West 59th Street, Room 1280N
    New York City, NY  10019
     
    For questions, contact mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu  or 212-237-8872.  Thank you for your interest.


    Past Recipients of the John Jay Terrorism Studies Graduate Scholarship

    2012-2013

    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.

    2010-2011

    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.

    2009-2010

    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.

    2008-2009

    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.

    2006-2007

    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.

    2002-2003

    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.

  • Graduate Assistantship in Homeland Security

    Past Recipients of the Graduate Assistantship in Homeland Security

    2010-2011

    Marina Bontkowski was awarded the Graduate Assistantship in Homeland Security in June of 2011. She is currently working towards the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism and will complete her Masters in Forensic Mental Health Counseling this Fall of 2011 at John Jay College. Ms. Bontkowski 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. Ms. Bontkowski hopes to pursue a career in Federal law enforcement.

    2009-2010

    Darakshan Raja was awarded the Graduate Assistantship in Homeland Security in August of 2010. She completed a BA/MA in Forensic Psychology in May of 2010. Ms. Raja became interested in researching issues on terrorism after 9/11, particularly within South Asia. She is currently a Research Associate II at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. Ms. Raja hopes to pursue a JD and PHD in Criminology.

    Payal Desai was awarded the Graduate Assistantship in Homeland Security in June of 2010. She is currently working towards the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism and has recently completed her Masters in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ms. Desai earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the near future. She hopes to work on counter-terrorism issues at the Department of Homeland Security further along in her career. Following an independent study in her undergrad regarding terrorism and extremist violence, the passion for research and terrorism studies was born. This passion for research grew stronger after taking courses in the Masters Program at John Jay. Her research interests include international terrorism, counter-terrorism analysis and the psychological inner workings of an extremist mindset as well as the factors associated with radicalization. As a current GA, Payal Desai is contributing as a research assistant to a 9/11 book written by Professor Strozier (Director, Center on Terrorism)

    2008-2009

    Christopher Higgins was awarded the Graduate Assistantship in Homeland Security in October of 2008. He is currently seeking a Masters Degree in the Forensic Psychology as well as working toward the Certificate on Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism. He aspires to complete his Masters by 2010 and pursue a PhD in Forensic Psychology. Christopher earned his B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Columbia University in 2006. Additionally, Christopher works on a part-time basis as an Emergency Dispatcher for the American Red Cross Greater NY chapter.

    Katharine Boyd was awarded the Graduate Assistantship in Homeland Security in March of 2008. She is currently working towards her Masters in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and toward the Certificate in Terrorism Studies offered by the Center on Terrorism. Ms. Boyd earned a B.A. in psychology and political science from Ashland University in Ohio, and she wishes to pursue a Ph.D. following graduation in 2009. Soon after 9/11 (her freshman year of college), Ms. Boyd became interested in what factors contribute to terrorist motivation. She did research in her undergraduate studies regarding radical Islamic moral development. Her research interests include studying radicalization and terrorist motivations in relation to public policy. As the current GA, Boyd is contributing to the literature review for the upcoming book, The Fundamentalist Mindset: On Religion and Violence with Professor Strozier (Director, Center on Terrorism) andHistory Will Judge: An Examination of Torture through the Ages with Professor Sneh (History Department).