Sociology and Criminal Justice

Scholarships & Awards

Eagle Claw Service Club Scholarship

This non-endowed scholarship was established in 2000 by inmates at Robeson Correctional Institute who wish to provide financial assistance to students in the Criminal Justice curriculum at UNCP. Students receiving this award will demonstrate financial need, declare a Criminal Justice major, maintain the minimum university QPA and be enrolled full time. The scholarship is renewable and may be awarded in any year of study. The award will occur in the fall of each year provided funds remain available.

North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Undergraduate Criminal Justice Scholarship*

A Criminal Justice Scholarship will be awarded annually to a North Carolina resident undergraduate who is majoring in criminal justice. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic standing and financial need. First preference is given to a son or daughter of any law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Second preference is given to a son or daughter of any sheriff of deputy sheriff who is deceased, retired (regular or disability) or is currently active in North Carolina law enforcement. Third preference is given to any criminal justice student meeting the academic and financial need criteria. Awards are renewable and stipend may vary annually.

Arthur Wendell “A.W.” Oxendine Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Arthur Wendell “A.W.” Oxendine, a ten year veteran of the Robeson County Sheriff ’s Department and a thirteen year veteran of the Scotland County Sheriff ’s Department died in the line of duty in 1993 as a result of injuries sustained in a hit-and-run traffic collision. The annual scholarship is given in his memory to assist a student majoring in the field of Criminal Justice who demonstrates qualities of honesty and leadership and who has met the academic requirements of the University.

Officer Davina Buff Jones Memorial Award

A 1981 UNCP alumnus recently established the Officer Davina Buff Jones Memorial Awards in UNCP’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. The purpose of the award is to remember Officer Dee Jones of the Bald Head Island (N.C.) Police Dept., who died of a gunshot wound while on duty serving the citizens of the island on Oct. 22, 1999. She was a spirited and dedicated police woman who had been in law enforcement for just under a year at the time of her death at age 33. Any police officer who gives the ultimate sacrifice should be recognized and remembered by those he/she chose to serve. She graduated with a Basic Law Enforcement Training degree from Cape Fear Community College in 1998.

Candidates for this award are required to submit a 250-500 word essay to the chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice as to why Davina Buff Jones should be remembered. Two essays shall be chosen from those submitted by the candidates to determine the recipients of this award. The recipient with the highest QPA shall receive $600.00 and recipient in second place shall receive $400.00.

Students interested may use the following book as a resource: Out With Three: The Murder and Betrayal of Bald Head Island Police Officer Davina Buff Jones. Dr. Mario Paparozzi has three copies of the book. If students are interested in this wonderful opportunity, please stop by the department office (SH 201) and arrange to borrow the book. Students will only be permitted to keep the book for seven days. This will make it possible for other students to participate.