Giving to Justice Studies

Student Success Endowment - 80% there!

The Department of Justice Studies is building an endowment for student success. This endowment will generate revenue annually to support activities proven to help the department's students learn, mature, make connections, and graduate onto a path of leadership.

Unlike funds for scholarships, or those in other department philanthropic accounts, Student Success Endowment funds will be limited to projects that directly benefit students, supporting special activities that may not be supported otherwise. When money is not available elsewhere, funds generated by the endowment may be used to ensure students get the best experiences possible and to prepare them for lives of service in criminal and social justice.

As a resource that is not dependent upon state revenue, the Student Success Endowment will be there to help students, even in bad economic times, fulfill their dreams of:

  • Attending professional conferences
  • Paying for supplies to build demonstrations of justice practices, issues, or even crime scenes
  • Traveling for the new international experience requirement
  • Working with current and emerging technology
  • Facilitating field trips
  • Launching other important endeavors as needed

Donate to the Student Success Endowment by writing "Student Success Endowment" in the restrictions field.

Department Scholarships

The Department of Justice Studies has a robust set of scholarships for deserving students. Anyone may donate to existing scholarships; former recipients are encouraged to "pay it forward" to current students!

Currently, generous donors support eight named scholarships in the department in memory of loved ones:

  • Shelby B. Brewer
  • Krisopher Boaz Claspill
  • Jeffrey Fontana
  • Paula Stone Hubbell
  • J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Leadership
  • Theresa Edel
  • Willard "Huck" Schmidt
  • Daniel P. Lomio

Donate to an existing scholarship by writing the scholarship name and the Department of Justice Studies in the restrictions field.

Unrestricted Donations

An unrestricted gift can support the Department of Justice Studies in its pursuit of excellence as it continues to grow for the benefit of its students. Priorities include:

  • Recruiting and retaining the best educators
  • Developing innovative and online degree programs
  • Creating national and international partnerships
  • Expanding our presence through our Ann Lucas Lecture Series, conferences, the Record Clearance Project, and symposiums
  • Funding and expanding research on important issues like policing, social justice, criminal desistance, human rights, immigration, sexual offenders, forensic science, capital punishment, and juvenile justice
  • Equipping the Forensic Science Teaching and Research Lab and the Crime Scene House.

Please consider making a gift of unrestricted support to the Department of Justice Studies.

To donate, you may use a method that works best for you:

  • Donate via credit card.
  • Donate via personal check
    • To donate via personal check, please make check payable to “Justice Studies Department” (note any fund or event for which it is intended in the memo).

    • Checks may be sent to:
      Department of Justice Studies
      San José State University
      One Washington Square, MQH 524
      San José, CA 95192-0050

You may donate through the University's Give to SJSU. However, you must restrict your donation to the Department of Justice Studies for it to come to us. Otherwise, the donation will not go to the Department.  

Email the Department of Justice Studies at if you have questions about making a donation.