James and Kristine Mullendore
This scholarship, created by James and Kristine Mullendore, benefits Grand Valley State University Criminal Justice and Legal Studies students who demonstrate financial need. The Mullendores express the following about their motivations:
As we both were recipients of scholarship monies during our undergraduate and graduate education, we know that without the generosity and financial support of the donors to our scholarships we would not have been able to pursue the careers of our choice. In recognition of those who came before use who willingly sponsored the educational opportunities of students of limited resources but great abilities and in outreach to those who follow us, it gives us great pleasure to make a small contribution to the future success of those aspiring to be a legal professional
James M. Mullendore is a 1968 graduate of West Virginia University receiving a B.S. in business Administration and a 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law receiving a Juris Doctor degree. In the years 1968 to 1972, James served as a US Army office with tours of duty in Germany, Vietnam (where he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and Army Commendation medal), and in Anniston, Alabama. He has been in private legal practice in Greenville, Michigan since 1976. He had a 30-year career as a football official, working for high schools, small colleges, the USFL, the Mid-American Conference, and, during his last fifteen years (1987-2001), for the Big Ten Conference.
Kristine is a 1974 graduate of Michigan State University Honor College receiving a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, and is a 1977 graduate of Boston University School of Law receiving a Juris Doctor degree. After working for approximately a year at the Michigan Court of Appeals as a Pre-hearing Attorney she accepted a position in 1978 with the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney where she worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney until resigning in 1990 to accept a teaching position at Montcalm Community college. She is currently a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies Program at GVSU where she has been employed since fall of 1995.
As active members of the Michigan Bar and experienced practitioners the Mullendores recognize the importance of financial support for those pursuing a career in the legal profession. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and reward students who major in either Legal Studies or Criminal Justice with the intention of entering and contributing to the legal profession and also encourage them to participate in international educational opportunities. They also wish to recognize the quality of the students engaging in study within the School of Criminal Justice.