Scholastic Honor Awards

In recognition of outstanding scholastic attainment in the field of administration of criminal justice, Keys (a distinctive charm/pin with the ACJA-LAE logo) and a Certificate are awarded to members who exemplify themselves academically.  To obtain the Keys, candidates must submit a certified copy of the GPA transcript along wiht a cover letter, and the degree awarded to the Executive Secretary of the Grand Chapter.  Upon verification that the candidate meets the requirements for the award, the Certificate and Key Emblem will be mailed to the recipient.

Graduate Keys-are awarded to those members who meet the requirements with a Graduate/Masters Degree.  In order to qualify for a Graduate Key, a member's grade point average must be at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0.

Gold Keys-are awarded to those members who meet the requirements with a Bachelors Degree.  In order to qualify for a Gold Key, a member's grade point average must be at least a 3.5 on a scale of 4.0.

Silver Keys-are awarded to those members who meet the requirements with an Associate Degree.  In order to qualify for a Silve Key, a member's grade point average must be at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0.

                                                 Competitive Awards

Members may compete nationally for monetary awards.  They are:

Scholarship-A competitive program, which makes annual monetary scholarship awards to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a course of study in the criminal justice field.  Three categories of awards have been established to include a Graduate Division, an Upper Division, and a Lower Division.  The winners of the Scholarship competition are selected by the Scholarship Committee.  Annual awards are announced at the National Conference of the Association held each year.  The deadline for Scholarship applications is December 31st of each year.  Interested members may contact the Executive Secretary to obtain applications and informationn.

Student Paper Competition-Any student member is eligible to compete who is enrolled in an academic program. Three categories of awards have been established to include a Graduate Division, an Upper Division and a Lower Division.  All entries must be original papers dealing with issues and problems in the areas of criminology, law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, corrections, prevention, planning and evaluation, career development and education in the field of crimnal justice.   Deadline for Student Paper Competition applications and papers is January 31st of each year.  Awards are announced at the National Conference held each year.  Interested members may contact the Executive Secretary for an application and information.

                                                      
Conferences

National Conference-Once a year a weeklong National Conference is held comprised of workshops, seminars, written, practical and physical competitive events.  Five written competitions include Criminal Law, Police Management and Operation, Juvenile Justice, Corrections and a LAE Knowledge Exam.  A Crime Scene Investigation is held as well as a Pistol Competition for individuals and team competition.  A Physical Agility competition is also offered.  The National Conference is held in a different city each year and is structured around a specific theme chosen by the Board of Directors.  A National Business Meeting is held as well as banquets with guest speakers.  A Closing banquet is scheduled at each National Conference and trophies are awarded to the winners who competed in the competitions throughout the week.

Regional Conferences-Once a year in the Fall, a mini-conference is held in each of our six regions.  This Conference is usually 2-3 days long and consists of competitions, seminars, workshops and a Regional Business Meeting.  A closing banquet is scheduled at the end of the Conference and trophies are awarded to the winers who competed throughout the Conference.
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