A Closer Look at the Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., Young Investigator Award

January 9, 2012

[Note: This entry posted on behalf of Nina Hyland, Administrative Assistant II, National Center for Juvenile Justice, NCJFCJ]

On November 1st, 2011, the third annual Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., Young Investigator Award was announced by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), a research division of the NCJFCJ. Below are some highlights about the award.

What is the Cohill Young Investigator Award?
The Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., Young Investigator Award, is a scholarship specifically designed to recognize the upcoming generation’s creative ideas and problem-solving skills around child welfare and juvenile justice issues. Each year up to four high school juniors and seniors are selected to receive awards based off of their research paper focused on one of four topic areas:
-          juvenile law and public policy,
-          juvenile courts and probation,
-          juvenile delinquency and dependency, and
-          juvenile crime and law data analysis and interpretation.

Who can apply?
The competition is open nation-wide to high school juniors and seniors, including youth in juvenile placement facilities, home schools, charter, public, private, or tribal schools. Students must be U.S. residents and attend an accredited college, university or trade school upon graduation.

What are the prizes?
Through this award students have the chance to win prizes including:
-          1st Place: $500 scholarship to college of their choice, and a plaque of honor installed at NCJJ,
-          2nd Place: $250 Scholarship to college of their choice
-          3rd Place: $100 gift card
-          4th Place: $50 gift card

All winners will also receive a letter of commendation from the national NCJFCJ Board of Trustees judge from the student’s state, and a spotlight article in NCJFCJ’s nationally distributed Today Magazine.

What is the history of the award?
The Cohill Award is named after NCJJ’s Founder, the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., a former juvenile court judge who currently serves as a senior judge in the U.S. Federal Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Judge Cohill has dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice for young people in the juvenile justice system. He aided in developing the NCJJ into the nation’s preeminent juvenile justice research group, within the NCJFCJ. In honor of Judge Cohill’s dedication and service to the field of juvenile justice research, NCJJ created this scholarship.

For additional information about the Maurice B. Cohill Jr., Young Investigator Award,click here. You can also contact Ms. Nina Hyland by emailing hyland@ncjj.org or calling NCJJ (412) 227-6950. The National Center for Juvenile Justice is the research division of the NCJFCJ in Reno, NV. NCJFCJ is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3).

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