Pauley Perrette is an American actress, best known for starring as Abby Sciuto on the U.S. TV series, NCIS. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Perrette lived throughout the Southern United States. Before her acting career took off in the late 1990s, she attended Valdosta State University in Georgia, where she studied Criminal Justice, and later moved to New York City to study at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Perrette’s character, Abby Sciuto, a forensic scientist, has influenced young girls everywhere to follow Abby’s lead and become interested in forensic science or other STEM-related fields. That is why Perrette created this scholarship to continue Abby’s influence to inspire more young women in forensics.

Through her generous donation, Ms. Perrette created this 4-year scholarship to support entering undergraduate students traditionally underrepresented in the Forensic Sciences.

Recipients will automatically receive the scholarship over a four year period as long as they demonstrate continued financial need, are majoring in Forensic Science, and remain in good standing.

“I wanted to set up the scholarship in honor of the impact my NCIS character ‘Abby’ has had around the world over the last 15 years.”—Pauley Perrette

Award Amount: Up to $7,500 annually, renewable for four years


  • Entering undergraduate student
  • Majoring in Forensic Science
  • Have a high school average of 80 or better, strong SAT or ACT scores, strong grades in mathematics and science courses
  • Member of an underrepresented population
  • Demonstrated financial need, determined through a completed FAFSA

Application Instructions:

Step 1 – Create an account by clicking on the Sign Up button at the top of the page.  Be sure to use your official John Jay College email to complete this process.

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Step 2 – Once you complete the signup process, you will get an email to confirm your registration. Make sure to check your spam box just in case! Please add us to your safe sender list so that you can continue to receive messages from us.

Step 3 – Complete the General Application and personal statement.

Step 4 – Review the scholarships for which your may be eligible by clicking “Awards.”

Step 5 – Submit an essay of 500 words, please describe why you chose to major in Forensic Science and how pursuing this degree will allow you to achieve your personal and professional goals

Step 6 – Two (2) letters of recommendation

Apply at: John Jay College. 

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