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To honor the late James A. Wier, a former student at Metropolitan State University of Denver who was killed in the line of duty as a patrolman with the Denver Police Department, by providing financial assistance to MSU Denver students majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology. The minimum GPA of applicants is 3.0. The essay and community service detailed in the MSU Denver Scholarship Application will be a major factor in the selection of the recipient by the scholarship committee. 

(On the night of June 3, 1987, Officer James Wier and Officer Jimmy Gose were dispatched to 40 S. Pennsylvania Street for a "man-with-a-gun" call. As the officers arrived at the home, they could see a man, later identified as Charles Tarr, behind the door with a rifle or shotgun in his hands. The officers went for cover, James Wier crouching behind a three-foot stucco wall and Jimmy Gose behind a car, just before Charles Tarr opened fire. As James Wier rose up from behind cover to return fire the third time, Charles Tarr shot him fatally in the head. Jimmy Gose called for back-up, which arrived within minutes, however, before the mayhem was over, Sergeants Ronald Samson and Peter Diaz were also wounded, Ronald Samson serously. Charles Tarr finally ended his "war" by turning his gun on himself.)

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Dr. Hal Nees Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Harol Nees, a 1976 MSU Denver graduate, came to the University in 1998 as an assistant professor after nearly two decades in law enforcement. He served as Chair of Faculty Senate from 2004-2008 and was elected as Faculty Trustee in 2010. He retired in 2011 as a full professor and was awarded emeritus status one year later.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to students who are passionate about criminal justice and criminology and plan to pursue a career in that field. Applicants should: 
· Have a declared major in Criminal Justice & Criminology
· Be a degree-seeking
· Be taking a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester(s) the scholarship is received
· Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2
· Have completed volunteer work related to Criminal Justice (preference is given to those students with higher levels of volunteerism) - list every volunteer service you do within the criminal justice system

When all criterions are equal, preference will be given to students who are eligible to receive financial aid as determined by FAFSA guidelines. The recipient(s) shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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Puksta Scholars Program

Scholarships are available for students who are active in community engagement. Funds are available for community engagement-related projects. See the Puksta Scholars page for more information.