Briggs-White Award

Briggs White, former Director of the FBI laboratory, made it possible to bring forensic science laboratories together, helping to solidify the ASCLD organization. The Briggs White Award was established in his honor.

All ASCLD members are welcome to nominate present or past ASCLD members for this annual award. The nomination form asks for detailed information concerning the nominee’s career, publications, professional memberships, and contributions to forensic science (especially regarding management aspects).

The successful nominee is recognized during the annual symposium, where he/she receives a plaque. The name of the annual recipient is added to the actual award, which is traditionally kept on display at the ASCLD office, but may be distributed to the honoree to display at their facility for the next year.

To nominate someone for the Briggs White award, complete the application below and mail or email the completed application to the ASCLD office.

Briggs White Nomination Form


ASCLD awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in forensic science on an annual basis as approved by the Board of Directors. Scholarships are generally awarded in the amount of $1,000; however, the number and dollar amount of scholarships will be determined annually after the availability of funds is determined.

At least three ASCLD members who are not affiliated with institutions from which students are applying will evaluate the pool of applicants. The subcommittee’s recommendation will be presented to the Board of Directors for approval.


Applicants must be a junior or senior in a baccalaureate program or a graduate student (masters or doctorate) at an accredited university who is pursuing a degree in forensic science, forensic chemistry, a physical or natural science. Applicants from FEPAC accredited programs will be given additional consideration. High school students or college/university students in their freshman or sophomore years will not be eligible for application. As the scholarship program was created to provide opportunity to students intending to enter the forensic field, scholarships will not be granted to current forensic science laboratory employees pursuing graduate degrees.

Scholarship application submission deadline: All application sections are due FEBRUARY 15

Applications are reviewed and ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Overall scholastic record
  • Scholastic record in forensic science coursework
  • Motivation or commitment to a forensic science career
  • Personal statement
  • Faculty/Academic advisor recommendation

To apply for an ASCLD scholarship, complete the form below and submit each section by the required deadline.

ASCLD Scholarship Applications

Ed Rhodes Scholarship

ASCLD receives 1 complimentary sitting per calendar year for any American Board of Criminalistics, Inc. (ABC) examination. This scholarship is in memory of Edward Rhodes, who was a pioneer in forensic education and certification. The complimentary sitting is for either an ASCLD member or someone in a member’s organization. ABC examinations are hosted at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting, as well as other locations and times throughout the year. The Scholarship does not include the application fee or the costs associated with attending the AAFS meeting or traveling to the test site.


Applicant must meet the minimum requirements for taking the ABC exam and the application must be endorsed by a current ASCLD member. Applications are reviewed and ranked based on financial need and employer’s requirements. This application is for ASCLD only. The ABC application for the examination must be filled out separately.

Scholarship application submission deadline:

The application for any examination in 2019 is due April 30, 2019.

Ed Rhodes Scholarship Application