AFTE Scholarship Program
AFTE awards $2000.00 annually to students
seeking a career in Forensic Science. Applications will be
reviewed and recipients chosen by the Scholarship Committee
prior to the annual AFTE Training Conference.
Scholarships granted will be for the
school year beginning on or about the following September.
Scholarship renewals are not automatic; therefore, it will
be necessary to apply every year for a scholarship.
Scholarship funds approved will be sent directly to the
applicant, payable to the applicant and the educational
NOTE: The AFTE Scholarship is a
financial award only. We do not administer an instructional
program. We do not teach courses in Forensic Science.
The AFTE Scholarship Committee will
administer the program. The Committee Chair will
acknowledge receipt of all applications by email and
electronically post all applications in a secure forum on
the AFTE website. The applications will be posted for review
at least 30 days prior to the annual conference. The
Scholarship Committee will review the applications and
select the recipients of the scholarships.
The AFTE President will notify, in
writing, the applicants that were approved for scholarships.
scholarship recipients will be requested by the committee
chair to provide a photograph and a brief biography. The
recipients of the scholarships will be announced at the
annual AFTE Conference and
the recipientís photograph and biography will be posted
on the AFTE website.
FACTORS TO BE
CONSIDERED WHEN GRANTING SCHOLARSHIPS:
- Scholarships will be granted on a
merit basis, without regard to age, race, sex, religion,
or country of origin.
- If there are sufficient qualified
applicants each year, every effort will be made to give
scholarships to students from different geographical
- The quality of the applicantís
narrative statement that explains why he/she decided to
choose a career in Forensic Science
- Contributions of the applicant to the
field of Forensic Science (if applicable).
Preference will be given to students moving toward a
career in Firearm and Tool Mark Identification or
working on a project related to firearm or tool mark
- Recommendations of academic advisor(s),
and employer (if applicable).
Applications are accepted
between January 1 and April 1 of each calendar year.
Any applications received outside of this time frame will not be
How to Apply
Applicants for scholarships must satisfy the following requirements:
Applicants must be entering their third year or higher
of a Bachelorís degree or enrolled in any year an advanced
degree (MS, PhD, MD or comparable) program.
The applicant must be enrolled as a half-time student or greater
with the intent of seeking a career in Forensic Science and
majoring in a natural, physical, or biological science.
Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or
equivalent (76% or higher).
Please download and read the Application Instructions prior to
submitting any application materials.
Instructions (MS Word Document)
All applications must be completed in English, and received no
later than April 1st. Download the application, transcript form,
and recommendation forms by clicking the links below.
The Scholarship Application Form is to be completed and
electronically signed by the applicant, the signature
verification box checked, and emailed to the Scholarship Chair
Application Form (MS Word Document)
The Transcript form is to be completed by the Admissions Office
or other appropriate college or university official. The
applicant should provide a stamped pre-addressed envelope to
those individuals completing this form. An official
transcript and the completed Transcript Form must be mailed
directly to the Chair.
(MS Word Document)
The applicant must utilize the Letter of Recommendation forms in
obtaining three (3) academic and/or employment references, as
applicable. The applicant should complete (Part I) and email
Part I and II to the appropriate individuals and have those
individuals complete Part II. The applicant should ask those
individuals providing recommendations to email Part I and II to
the Chair of the Scholarship Committee prior to the April 1st
deadline. If the applicant or persons providing
recommendations need additional pages, please ensure that these
pages are emailed along with the completed Letter of
Recommendation Forms, prior to the April 1st deadline.
Letter of Recommendation Forms (MS Word Document)
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT FAQ
What if some of my documents are not in English?
Please submit an English translation of documents generated in
another language. This would apply to official transcripts.
Application documents and letters of recommendation should be
generated in English.
Can non-US citizens apply?
Yes! We are an international organization based in the US. We
encourage applicants of any nationality to apply.
How is the award distributed?
award is sent as a check drawn on a US bank and issued in US
dollars. Some financial institutions may charge fees, as a result.
These fees are the responsibility of the recipient, AFTE will not
provide additional monies to cover the fees.
AFTE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR
Erin E. Mulligan
c/o San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Regional Crime Laboratory
5255 Mount Etna Drive
San Diego, CA 92117
The link below provides a list of Forensic
programs available throughout the world. If you know of any other
programs that are available but are not listed; please encourage the
schoolís program director to contact the American Academy of
Forensic Sciences to have their program added to the list.
List of Forensic Programs
(This link provided courtesy of the AAFS)
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January 19, 2015.