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Graduate Scholarships

and Assistantships

Criminal Justice has two types of graduate awards: 

Scholarships and Assistantships. There also are other scholarships and assistantships available through the Graduate School as well as information about tuition, fees, and student loans.  Visit their web site for more information.

The Graduate Doc Schettler Scholarship

Ann Schettler Worth established this scholarship in memory of her father, Clarence G. “Doc” Schettler who was a pharmacist who owned Schettler Drugs in Sweetwater, Tennessee, and was a great believer in education. He was one of seven children of German immigrants. At age eighteen, he became the youngest person to successfully complete the pharmacy qualifying examination. He served in the military in Europe during World War I, and upon his return attended the University of Tennessee. Doc was instrumental in establishing the National Guard unit in Sweetwater, and faithfully served his country during World War II. His commitment to education inspired his two daughters and all of his grandchildren to attend and graduate from college. Doc’s passing in 1981 was a great loss to his family, friends and community, but the fruits of his integrity, faithfulness, and commitment to education endure through his family and this scholarship program established in his memory.

This award has a maximum award of $3000 annually. It is given to a graduate student who has been accepted by the Graduate School unconditionally. The student must submit a departmental application. Scholarship renewal for a second year (only) is based on satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Preference will be given to students with a minimum undergraduate and/or a Graduate GPA of 3.0. Award to be determined by Departmental Scholarship Committee. Click here to download an application form.  Scholarships are awarded each Spring for the following academic year.  You may email the application or mail a hard copy.  The deadline for Fall scholarships is March 1 (or the first Monday after for weekend dates) each year. 

Graduate Assistantships 

The Department has full time assistantships available through the Graduate School.  Full-time awards include a stipend and full tuition waiver each semester. Recipients work in the Department twenty hours per week. 

Graduate Assistantships consist of a monetary stipend plus a tuition and fee waiver. Assistantships facilitate graduate students in the prompt and successful completion of an advanced degree program and to provide work experience in a setting under the supervision of a faculty or administrative mentor. Duties may include assisting with undergraduate courses (i.e. proctor exams, record grades), library research, preparation of reports, gathering, organizing and analyzing data. Some assistants may be allowed to teach undergraduate courses in their second year of the program.

There are a limited number of these full and part-time merit-based assistantships and they are awarded on a competitive basis. The priority deadline for applying for a graduate assistantship is February 15, although in some instances awards may be awarded even if the deadline was missed (depending upon availability).

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, a student must be fully admitted to the Criminal Justice program and be in good academic standing. To be awarded a full (versus part time) graduate assistantship, the student must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student taking at least nine semester hours of graduate course work.  Full time assistants are assigned to work 20 hours per week. Part-time awards are sometimes available.  In this case, students also can take up to nine-semester hours, but will receive only 6 hours of tuition remission and will be assigned to work 10 hours per week. Assistants usually are eligible for renewal for the second year upon successful progress and performance the first year.  All students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average on all graduate courses taken at UTC to retain the assistantship.

For more information about applications, deadlines and other requirements, visit the Graduate School page.