Criminal Justice Awards

Politics, Administration & Justice

THE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

 

Eligibility pool:  Graduating undergraduate students in criminal justice

Description:  This award is given to a graduating student whose overall academic performance, including but not limited to courses in the major, distinguishes him or her as Intellectually outstanding.

Award: $100, a certificate of recognition, name recognition on the awards website and an announcement at graduation.

Award Winner: 
2020: Kimberly Medina
2021: Ricky Ramirez 

OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADERSHIP & ACTIVITIES AWARD

Eligibility pool: Graduating undergraduate students in criminal justice

Description: This award is given to a graduating student in Criminal Justice who excels in service to the field of Criminal Justice, including success in community work, internships or service to the CSUF Criminal Justice Department or University.

Award: $100, a certificate of recognition, name recognition on the awards website and an announcement at graduation.

Award Winner:
2020: Ginny Oshiro
2021: Sarah Sons Sanchez

THE EDWARD SULLIVAN AWARD

 

Eligibility Pool: Currently enrolled non-traditional students who are in good academic standing and will return to CSUF for at least one additional semester. Typical characteristics of a non-traditional student can be one or all of the following; they are a parent, twenty-five years of age or older, a veteran, and have delayed enrollment or taken a break from higher education.


Description: The department scholarship was established by Dr. Ed Sullivan in order to assist adult re-entry students majoring in Criminal Justice. The scholarship seeks to reward students returning to complete their education.

Award: $500 award, certificate of recognition, name recognition on the awards website and an announcement at graduation.

Award Winner:
N/A

 

THE WILLIAM HOBBS AWARD

 

Eligibilty Pool:  Graduating undergraduate students in Criminal Justice

Description: Named after a Criminal Justice professor, this award is given to a student who has a primary interest in the study of law. 

Award: $100, a certificate of recognition, name recognition on the awards website and an announcement at graduation.

Award Winners:
2020: Lilly Harris 
2021: Ryleigh Flores

THE W. GARRET CAPUNE, FOUNDING CHAIR, AWARD

 

Eligibility Pool:  Graduating undergraduate students in Criminal Justice

Description: Named after a Criminal Justice professor, the recipient of this award is selected for both a distinguished academic record and for an involved service record that included community work, internships or service to the CSUF Criminal Justice Department.

Award: A certificate of recognition, name recognition on the awards website and an announcement at graduation.

Award Winner:
2020: Marisol Azucena Alvarez
2021: Marina Cardoza

BOOKSTORE SCHOLARSHIP - STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM  SCHOLARSHIP

 

Eligibility Pool:  Undergraduate students in Criminal Justice who have applied for a Criminal Justice study abroad course.

Description: A Criminal Justice student in financial need with at least a 2.75 GPA who has applied to take a CJ study abroad course. 

Award: One $500 award per year, name recognition on the awards website and an announcement at graduation.

Award Winner:
N/A

ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR, AWARD

 

Eligibilty Pool:  Alumni of the Criminal Justice program (post 5 years of graduation date)

Description: The recipient of this award is selected and recognized for his/her professional contribution to the Criminal Justice field and involvement, contribution, and/or service to CSUF or the Criminal Justice Department.

  Award: A certificate of recognition, name recognition on the awards website and an announcement at graduation.

Award Winner:  
2020: Robert Serna

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Serna, who graduated in 1995 from CSU Fullerton with a BA in Criminal Justice, has been chosen as Alumnus of the Year for 2020. After earning his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Robert Serna joined the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and rose to work in such important divisions as the Hard Core Gang Division and the Crimes Against Police Officers Section. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Robert Serna to the Superior Court bench in 2018. Robert Serna, a highly respected judge, returned to CSU Fullerton to speak to Criminal Justice students in 2019 to inspire them to pursue excellence in their careers, and looks forward to further involvement with our campus community.

2021: Isabel Apkarian

Isabel Apkarian, 44, of Newport Beach, has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Orange County Superior Court. Apkarian has served as a Commissioner at the Orange County Superior Court since 2021. She served as Senior Deputy Public Defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office from 2003 to 2020. She was a Budget Management Research Analyst in the Orange County Executive’s Office from 1998 to 1999. Apkarian earned a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Franz E. Miller. Apkarian is a Democrat.