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The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology would like to thank the donors and you who make these scholarships possible. Your generous gifts make it possible for us to continue funding scholarships for deserving undergraduate and graduate students.


Criminal Justice Funds


Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology Excellence Fund
The principal of this Fund shall be used to support the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, which may include but is not limited to graduate and undergraduate scholarships, student travel and research expenses upon the recommendation of the Department faculty and with the approval of the Department chair.

Criminal Justice Scholarships


Craig D. A. Bowling Scholarship in Criminal Justice
Craig was born in Washington after which he and his family lived in Europe and across the United States before returning to Washington and his ultimately attending Washington State University. Craig obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and foreign Languages and Literatures (French) as well as a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Craig began his career as a federal agent, investigating offenses ranging from terrorism to counter proliferation, narcotics smuggling, money laundering, and child exploitation. Craig credits his successful career in great part to the education he received at Washington State University, particularly the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The distributions from this fund shall be used to award one or more scholarships to WSU students majoring in Criminal Justice with a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Preference will be giving to students planning a career in law enforcement.


Diego Moreno Memorial Scholarship
After the devastating loss of their son Diego, Lizzie and Randy Lee wanted to honor his memory in a meaningful way creating a fund through which his legacy is passed on and kept alive. Diego attended Washington State University and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Technology and a Minor in Criminal Justice. He was drawn to law enforcement a few years after his graduation and became a Kent Police Officer in 2010. Sadly, he was killed in the line of duty on July 22nd, 2018, at the age of 35.

Through his work, he touched countless lives and earned many awards, the majority, life-saving awards. Above all, Diego was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandson, and friend. Lizzie and Randy established the Diego Moreno Memorial Scholarship to honor Diego’s life and his legacy of love and service.

The distributions from this Fund shall be used to provide one or more scholarship(s) in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Scholarship recipients must be a Senior studying Criminal Justice at Washington State University and be certified in the major. As a reflection of the significant impact Officer Moreno had on the city of Kent, first preference shall be given to students who graduated from a high school in Kent, Washington.


Kathleen E. Taylor Scholarship in Criminal Justice
Kathleen E. Taylor graduated from Washington State University in 1961. Born in Seattle and raised in Edmonds, she came to WSU to study Police Science. The degree program was male dominated at the time, yet she was interested in a career in criminal justice or law enforcement and succeeded in the program academically, particularly influenced by the WSU Department of Police Science founder Dr. Vivian Anderson (V.A.) Leonard.

The distributions from this fund shall be used to support one or more scholarships for full time undergraduate students majoring in Criminal Justice. Recipients shall demonstrate their interest in a career in the field (for example in law enforcement, corrections, court administration, crime analysis, juvenile justice, or a field situated within the criminal justice system) and a passion for service.


V.A. Leonard Scholarships
Scholarship established in honor of Professor Emeritus Vivian Anderson (V.A.) Leonard, who organized the Department of Police Science at Washington State University.  Dr. Leonard served as chair of the department for many years and continued to teach, research and write until his retirement in 1961.

Eligible students are full time undergraduates majoring in Police Science (Criminal Justice) with excellent academic achievement and a financial need.