Criminal Justice Scholarships

The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Department currently offers two different scholarship opportunities for our students:

James B. Gillett Memorial Scholarship

James B. Gillett was born in Austin Texas in 1856. His father, James S. Gillett, a native Kentuckian, fought in the Mexican War, came to Texas in 1848, and served as Adjutant General of the state of Texas from November 1851 until February 1856. On an early June morning in 1875, Mr. James B. Gillett, age 19, took the Texas Ranger’s oath. For the next six years, adventure, danger and enough excitement to fill several lifetimes became his daily fare. Gillett’s Texas Rangers devoted much of their time to tracking and fighting Indians. Leaving the Rangers, Gillett served as sheriff and tax assessor of Brewster County and became a Deputy United States Marshal. Entering the ranching business, Gillett purchased the 06 pasture and Altuna ranch, the Roswell farm, and the Barrel Springs ranch. Captain James B. Gillett, successful Texas Ranger, rancher and businessman, died on June 11, 1937, at the age of eighty. The Captain James B. Gillett Memorial Scholarship Fund was established on March 3, 1981, from funds given by Mrs. Lee S. Evans in memory of her parents: Captain and Mrs. J. G. Gillett. Mrs. Evans expressed a desire to establish this fund for the use and benefit of the Criminal Justice Department of Sul Ross State University. $500-750 per year for a junior or senior level Criminal Justice major with a 3.0 GPA, good academic and disciplinary standing. Three letters of recommendation and a 500 word essay are also required.

Joe Hicks Memorial Scholarship

Joe D. Hicks was born in Cisco Texas, March 11, 1941. His career in law enforcement started when he was with the Military Police for the U.S. Army. He worked for the Police Departments in Pecos and Abilene prior to coming to Alpine. He was a Texas State Trooper II serving in Alpine starting in 1970. Mr. Hicks attended Sul Ross State University, studying Criminal Justice, and had dedicated his life to good law enforcement. He was a member of the Big Bend Law Enforcement Organization and the Big Bend RNP Club. He died March 12, 1982 after a sudden illness. He was survived by many family members including his wife Loretta and twin sons, Bradley Joe and Kyle Douglas. At the time of his death many people gave money to the Sul Ross State University Scholarship Fund in his memory. The Joe Hicks Memorial Scholarship Endowment was set up by his widow, Loretta Hicks Erwin, and Sul Ross State University in 1995. $200-500 per year for a Criminal Justice undergraduate student with a 2.5 GPA, no criminal convictions and high moral character.


Law Enforcement Association Scholarship

$150 per year for a Criminal Justice undergraduate student with a 2.5 GPA, no criminal convictions and high moral character.

Application Deadline is March 1 of each year. See the Financial Aid office for an application.

Other Scholarships

Other scholarships may also be available through to qualified students. Interested students should see the Financial Aid Office for a brochure detailing the opportunities available through Sul Ross State University.