About the Award

Each year, we offer an award to a Nova Scotia post-secondary student enrolled in a social sciences program with a focus on social justice. The award will help the student with their post-secondary education costs.

On behalf of the Student Award Committee, we are pleased to be able to offer the student award again this year.  This year we will be offering two (2) $1000 awards. The NSCJA encourages applications from people representing diverse communities. In recognition of this, one of the awards this year will be designated for individuals who identify as LGBTQIA2S+.

Award Value

The successful applicant will be awarded:

  1. One (1) award valued at $1000
  2. One (1) year membership to the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association (NSCJA) and the Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA)

The award winner will be notified by April 30, 2024.

Questions & Submissions

If you have any questions regarding the application process, complete the form below or contact us at: secretary@nscja.ca

Applications are to be submitted using the on-line form below.

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2024

Please note:  only the successful candidate will be contacted.

This page will be is subject to change and may be updated each year as the application process gets underway. 


This award is open to post-secondary students who are completing a degree or diploma with a focus on social justice (such as criminology, law, sociology, social work, forensic psychology, other). The student must be in good academic standing and currently enrolled in a university or college in Nova Scotia.

Past applicants are welcome to re-apply, but past recipients of this award are not eligible to re-apply.


Students must complete:

Personal essay that addresses:

(a) how their studies link to the mandate of the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association, and

(b) their demonstrated involvement in their communities. Essays must be typed, double spaced, Times New Roman font, and up to 500 words.

Cover letter that highlights key points of why they feel deserving of this award. This can include, but is not limited to overcoming personal hardships, barriers, adversity and any other meaningful experiences.

Application Process:

Complete applications must be submitted by March 31, 2024.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Personal Essay
  • Transcript from post secondary institution (photocopy is acceptable)
  • Resume
  • One Reference Letter

Please note: only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email: secretary@nscja.ca

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Previous Student Award Recipients

Julia Byron St. Francis Xavier University 2022-2023
Kierra Thomas St. Francis Xavier University 2022-2023
Allison Hearns Dalhousie University 2021-2022
Mukisa Kakembo Dalhousie University 2020-2021
Ahrthyh Arumugam Saint Mary’s University 2020-2021
Jerri Bluecloud Mount Saint Vincent University 2019-2020
Desireé Jones Matthias Dalhousie University 2019-2020
Tyler Colbourne Dalhousie University 2018-2019
Claudia Covalciuc Dalhousie University 2017-2018
Leah Crowell Dalhousie University 2016-2017
Emma MacIntosh Saint Mary’s University 2015-2016
Fenessa Williams Dalhousie University 2014-2015
Harry Ezenibe Saint Mary’s University 2013-2014
Tyler Spencer Saint Mary’s University 2012-2013
Andrea Ennis Acadia University 2012-2013
Lindsay Wright Saint Mary’s University  2011-2012
Brian Fells NSCC Yarmouth 2011-2012
LaMeia Reddick Dalhousie University 2010-2011
Garnet Estabrooks NSCC Truro 2010-2011
Glentine Wattley Saint Mary’s University 2009-2010