Funds That Support Criminal Justice

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Above: A criminal justice student works on fingerprint analysis.

Make a Difference for Criminal Justice Students

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for criminal justice students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!

Criminal Justice Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.

  • Faculty and students can travel to a conference to present their research.
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The department can purchase special equipment, test materials, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

Scholarship Funds

The Criminal Justice Department has four targeted scholarship funds.

Brian McMillen Scholarship Fund

On Sunday, October 28, 2007, Brian McMillen, an Illinois State Trooper, and graduate of UIS’ Criminal Justice Department, was tragically killed in the line of duty. He received the Purple Heart Medal from the Illinois State Police. To honor him, family and friends established a scholarship in his honor for students majoring in criminal justice and active on campus or as a community citizen. Through their generous donations, especially of Professor Emerita Barbara Hayler, the fund is now endowed, creating a lasting legacy of this fine young man, excellent state trooper, husband, son, and friend. Your gifts now will increase the amount of the award each year. Please continue to give!

Lee Humphrey Dodd Memorial Scholarship

In 1994, Lee Humphrey Dodd, a Springfield-area attorney, became the first woman to be named first assistant state’s attorney. Ms. Dodd was also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Springfield Junior League, American Business Club, Inn of Court, and the Sangamon County Bar Association. The Lee Humphrey Dodd Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by her family in honor of her life and to assist students like her in Public Affairs. To be eligible, students must be a Legal Studies or Criminal Justice major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference given to female applicants.

Dennis L. Sedlak Endowed Scholarship Fund

What began as a thoughtful gift to UIS in 1992 has developed into an endowed scholarship fund for freshman or transfer students entering criminal justice studies. Dennis Sedlak enrolled at UIS (then Sangamon State University) in the early 1970s through an Illinois law enforcement program. His instructors revolutionized the concept of law enforcement’s role in the community, especially in the area of race relations. Now Mr. Sedlak is giving back to the University – and Illinois communities – through the Dennis L. Sedlak Endowed Scholarship fund, designed to assist criminal justice students. According to Mr. Sedlak, these students are entering a career that has more “civic rewards than financial ones.” Through the fund, he seeks to lessen the burden of debt its recipients will face after graduation. If no student in Criminal Justice meets the scholarship requirements, the award will go to a student in Business Administration.

Other Options

Not interested in any of the funds above? Then you can create your own scholarship fund that targets the students you specify in the Criminal Justice Department. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.


We welcome your inquiries. Please feel free to contact us.