The scholarships listed below are provided by outside agencies and are not affiliated with Santa Clara University. Each entry will have their own individual criteria, application, policies, and deadlines. Please direct all questions regarding these scholarships to the individual scholarship agency.

Scholarships for Law Students (General)
Scholarships for Women
Scholarships for Minority Students
Scholarships for African-American Students
Scholarships for Asian-American Students
Scholarships for Mexican-American, Latino & Hispanic Students
Scholarships for Native American Students
Scholarships for Jewish Students
Scholarships for Disabled Students
Scholarships for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, & Transgender Students
Scholarships for Specific Locations

Please note that this is not a complete list. There may be other scholarships available that are not listed on this site.

General Law Scholarships

American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all second and third-year AAJ Law Student Members. Successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and a dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities. They must also express a desire to represent victims, exhibit an interest and proficiency and skills in trial advocacy, and show a financial need for the scholarship. Applicants must submit a short essay on how they meet the criteria and a recommendation from a faculty advisor, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member, or trial lawyer.

AAJ Leesfield Law Student Scholarship
Sponsored by Ira Leesfield and AAJ, this scholarship has been established to subsidize a law student’s attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention. This scholarship is available to first and second year AAJ Law Student Members.

Attorney-CPA Foundation
The foundation awards these scholarships to selected students who have completed the second year of law school and who show a commitment to the accounting profession as evidenced by a CPA certificate. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic performance. The scholarships are for one year only. Application is available online. The foundation also holds essay contests with a Grand Prize of $2,500.

  • Deadline: Postmarked by April 30
  • Awards: Two $1,000 scholarships, four $500 scholarships and four $250 scholarships
  • Contact: The Attorney-CPA Foundation
    3921 Old Lee Highway, Suite 71 A
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030
  • Phone: (888) ATTY-CPA
  • Fax: (703) 352-8073
  • Website: www.attorney-cpa.com

California Teachers Association Scholarships
The California Teachers Association (CTA) offers two scholarship programs. Online applications are usually available in mid-October and recipients are announced in June of each year.
1) CTA Scholarship for Dependent Children—35 $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to dependent children of active, retired or deceased members of CTA. Applicant must be claimed as dependent status on current year’s IRS tax forms.
2) CTA Scholarship for Members—five $3,000 scholarships are awarded annually to active CTA members, including members working on an emergency credential.

Earl Warren Scholarship

The scholarship opportunity from the NCAAP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to social justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school. Eligibility: 1) U.S. Citizen, 2) college graduate; enrolled in final year of college/university or first year law student, 3) record of academic achievement, 4) demonstrated and an ongoing commitment to racial justice and civil rights. In addition to financial assistance, Earl Warren scholars are given two unique opportunities: (1) an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project-competitive positions that are sought out by dozens of students every year, and (2) an invitation to LDF’s Civil Rights Training Institute, an invitation-only annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorneys to discuss strategies and to network.

Federal Circuit Bar Association
The Federal Circuit Bar Association awards a $10,000 scholarship in the memory of Giles S. Rich, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, to a law student showing financial need and demonstrated academic promise. The Association also annually awards other scholarships based primarily of financial need in the memory of William Bullinger, a respected practitioner. Selection of the awards is based primarily on a written submission of no more than one page setting out the applicant’s financial need, any interests in particular areas of the law, and any qualifications for the award considered relevant by the applicant. The submission should also include the applicant’s college and law school transcripts and a one page curriculum vitae. Applicants must be nominated by their law school for the awards. Law Schools may nominate up to five candidates for consideration.

  • Deadline: April 28
  • Award: $10,000 Giles S. Rich Scholarship
    Amount Varies for the William Bullinger Scholarships
  • Contact: Stephen L Peterson, Past President
    The Federal Circuit Bar Association
    c/o Finnegan, Henderson,Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner
    901 New York Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20001-4413

Finlandia Foundation Trust Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to Finnish citizens currently enrolled in an ABA-approved U.S. law school. Application available online.

Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship
Recipients will be chosen based on several factors, including academic achievement, financial need and potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession. Preference will be given to applicants with a significant tie to Justice Blackmun’s home state of Minnesota.

  • Deadline: TBD
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation Inc.
    118 W. Mulberry Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201-3600
    Phone: (410) 685-3813

Harvey Fellows Program
The program seeks to encourage Christian graduate students to integrate their faith and vocation and pursue leadership positions in strategic fields where Christians tend to be underrepresented. Program details, application procedures, and application forms are available online.

  • Deadline: August 1 – November 1
  • Award: $14,000 stipend (renewable)
  • Contact: Harvey Fellows Program
    Mustard Seed Foundation
    3330 Washington Blvd., Ste. 100
    Arlington, VA 22201
    Phone: (703) 524-5620
    Fax: (703) 524-5643

Latham Diversity Scholars Program
Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars program, is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms. The firm awards four second year law students a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship each for use during their third year of law school. Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges, and a desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives. Candidates are asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript. Application download: www.lw.com/diversity

  • Deadline: September 15
  • Contact: Megan St.Clair- Public Relations Coordinator
    Latham & Watkins LLP
    505 Montgomery Street, Suite 2000
    San Francisco, CA 94111-2562
    Phone: (415) 395-8873
    Fax: (415) 395-8095
    Email: megan.stclair@lw.com

Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

This scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law students dedicated to improving the lives of workers. It was created by Major League baseball players, through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner. He was passionate about protecting workers’ rights and spent nearly his entire professional career with the MLBPA working in support of the Players. Eligible candidates must meet a combination of criteria as follows: a strong academic record; demonstrated commitment to the labor movement; a strong recommendation from an academic or labor/workers’ rights practitioner; strong written and oral communication skills. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise. Up to five winners will be selected annually.

Otto M. Stanfield Legal Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the field of law. Criteria for recipients include an active relationship with Unitarian Universalism, financial need, and enrollment in an accredited institution. The recipient will be a person whom the committee believes will promote Unitarian Universalist values in the larger world. Application available online.

  • Deadline: February 15
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Stanfield Law Scholarship
    c/o Unitarian Universalist Funding Program
    P.O. Box 1149
    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    Phone: (617) 971-9600
    Email: uufp@aol.com

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
These fellowships are awarded for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. To be eligible, a candidate must not have passed his or her 30th birthday and one of the following must be true as of the application deadline: 1) US citizen by birth and both parents were born abroad as non-US citizens, 2) Naturalized as a US citizen either on his or her own or as a minor child under the application of his/her parents, 3) In possession of a valid green card, 4) Born outside of the US or one of its territories and was subsequently adopted by American parents, and was awarded US citizenship as a result of the adoption, 5) Granted deferred action under the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Note: In all of the above, it must be true that both parents were born outside of the United States as non-US citizens, and were not eligible for US citizenship at the time of their births.

Three primary criteria the candidate must have demonstrated for consideration are: 1) Creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life, 2) A commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort, 3) A commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  • Deadline: mid-April
  • Award: Up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $40,000) as well as 50% of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years
  • Contact: (212) 547-6926 or PDSoros@pdsoros.org
  • Website: www.pdsoros.org/

Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship
The Serbian Bar Association of American (SBAA) awards scholarships to law students who are of Serbian birth or ancestry. Applicants must submit a typed essay of no more than 250 words detailing how they plan to use their legal education within the Serbian American community and submit a certified copy of their law school transcript. Applications can be download from their website.

  • Deadline: October 10
  • Award: 4 scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000
  • Contact: Kelly Pavich
    260 Maple Street
    Beecher, IL 60401
    Email: KellyPavich@yahoo.com
  • Website: www.serbbar.org

The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship
The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship is awarded through the Veterans United Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of financial contributions from the employees of Veterans United Home Loans. Our employees strongly believe in supporting our communities, our military and their families. We will be awarding up to 5 one-time scholarships for up to $50,000 each for this upcoming semester to eligible students. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be a surviving spouse or child of a deceased servicemember or Veteran. Full details and an application can be found here: https://www.enhancelives.com/scholarships.

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Scholarships for Women

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The AAUW Educational Foundation provides funds to advance education, research and self-development for women, and to foster equity and positive societal change. The Selected Professions Fellowships offered by AAUW are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study during the fellowship year in a degree program where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Fellowships awarded to women in a Law program (J.D.) are restricted to women of color. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • Deadline: January 10
  • Award: $5,000 – $12,000
  • Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Selected Professions Fellowships
    PO Box 4030, Iowa city, IA 52243-4030
    Phone: 319-337-1716 ext 60

AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund’s Mike Eidson Scholarship
The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

Dorothy L. Weller P.E.O. Scholarship
The P.E.O. Foundation is a non-profit Iowa Corporation operated by the P.E.O. Sisterhood exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. This scholarship was established by the California State Chapter to honor Dorothy L. Weller, past President of P.E.O., for California women studying in the field of law. Applicants must be enrolled in law school, demonstrate financial need and have excellent records in scholastic ability, character, integrity and school activities.

  • Deadline: February 15
  • Awards: Variable
  • Contact: Susan Gustavson
    Dorothy L. Weller Scholarship Committee
    1835 Newport Blvd., A109 PMB 26
    Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Scholarship
These scholarships are available only to women graduate students with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university in the United States. The applicant must be active in a local, state, or national disability organization – either in person or electronically – which is providing services and/or advocacy for people with disabilities.

  • Deadline: June 1
  • Award: $1,000 – $2,000
  • Contact: Deborah Lewis
    Executive Director
    Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc.
    2460 North Lake Ave, PMB #128
    Altadena, CA 91001
    Phone: (626) 398-8840
    Email: executivedirector@ela.org

Horizons Foundation Scholarship
The scholarship was established to encourage women to pursue careers related to the national security interests of the United States. Applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college;either full or part-time
  • demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security;national defense
  • demonstrate financial need
  • demonstrate academic excellence (minimum GPA of 3.25)
  • be U.S. Citizens

Application is available online.

  • Deadlines: Fall term July 1; spring term November 1
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Horizons Foundation
    c/o national Defense Institute Association
    2111 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 400
    Arlington, VA 22201-3061
    Phone: (703) 247-2552
    Fax: (703) 527-6945

Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business
Women of color law students who (1) have completed at least one year of law school; (2) are attending an accredited law school in the U.S. at the time of their application; (3) are “in good standing” in their law schools; (4) are citizens of the United States of America; (5) minimum GPA of 2.5 (equivalent) or better; (6) have completed the scholarship application and submitted an official transcript; and (7) have demonstrated a commitment to the Profession and are active in their community and law school.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
Applicants must be women from countries other than the United States and Canada. They must qualify for admission to full-time graduate study, have a full year of class work remaining and promise to return to their country immediately following the completion of their degree to pursue their professional careers. Application material is sent to qualified applicants only. For eligibility information, write to the address below or visit their website.

  • Deadline: Eligibility: August 15-December 15; Application: January 31
  • Award: $6,000 maximum
  • Contact: P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
    Project Supervisor
    3700 Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50312-3820
    Phone: 515-255-3153
    Fax: 515 255-3820

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to law students who are residents of Santa Barbara County, California, at the time of their application. The foundation is looking for financially needy students with strong academic records, worthy extracurricular activities and leadership potential. Special consideration will be given to students re-entering the work force, single parents and applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting gender equality.

  • Deadline: varies, usually due in Summer or Fall
  • Award: varies
  • Contact: Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation
    PO Box 20085
    Santa Barbara, CA 93120-0085

Sonoma County Women in Law – The Honorable Gayle Guynup Scholarship Fund

The fund is established to assist deserving law students with an interest in promoting women’s access to and involvement in the legal system to complete their legal education by defraying some of the costs. Requirements: Legal residency in Sonoma County; have completed first year of law school; involvement in promoting equal opportunity and justice for all women.

Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County Scholarship

The Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County, an unincorporated association, offers scholarship awards up to students who are presently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in law school and have a demonstrable connection to San Luis Obispo County.

  • Deadline: July 1
  • Award: up to $750
  • Contact: Lisa Sperow, Women Lawyers Scholarship Chair
  • Phone: (805) 756-2920
  • Website: www.wlaslo.org/scholarships

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Scholarships for Minority Students

AAJ Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarships
These scholarships are open to all first- and second-year African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native America, and Bi-Racial AAJ law student members. A 500-word essay about how you meet the criteria as well as up to three recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member and/or trial lawyer are required. Scholarships will be awarded to the applicants who best meet, but not limited to, the criteria listed below:

  1. exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy;
  2. express a desire to represent victims;
  3. demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities;show a financial need for the scholarship.

Arnold & Porter Diversity Scholarship

Arnold & Porter LLP offers this scholarship that is paid to a recipient’s law school to help finance his or her tuition costs during the second academic year. Qualified applicants are currently-enrolled first-year law students at an ABA-accredited law school who (a) contribute to the diverse background of their law school’s student body; (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement; and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The firm also may take into account a student’s need for financial assistance, but such need is not required.

Bar Association of San Francisco Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarships
These scholarships provide financial assistance to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in Bay Area law schools. Minority students admitted into and entering an ABA-accredited law school in the Bay Area, and current law students may apply.

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind Baker Donelson will award three scholarships to diverse law students. Each recipients award will be paid during the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.

Bullivant Houser Bailey Diversity Scholarship
This West Coast law firm established a scholarship to increase diversity in the legal profession and within their law firm. The recipient must commit to work at their Sacramento office as a summer associate after his or her first year of law school. Applicants must submit a current resume, a photocopy of complete undergraduate transcript; a photocopy of current law transcript; a writing sample; two-three references; and a two-three page personal statement addressing eligibility for the scholarship.

  • Deadline: January 31
  • Awards: $7,500
  • Contact: Jill Valentine
    Recruitment & Diversity Manager
    Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
    888 SW Firth Avenue
    Portland, OR 97204
    Email: jill.valentine@bullivant.com

California Bar Foundation’s 1L Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship supports diverse California 1Ls who will one day be leaders in the law profession. Diversity includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills that are underrepresented in the legal profession, especially including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Any diverse student who will matriculate in a California law school this Fall 2016 is eligible.

California Bar Foundation’s 3L Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship awards BarBri Bar exam review courses and cash awards to recent and soon-to be graduates of California law schools. Any diverse California 3L who plans to sit for the July 2016 bar exam, and who plans to practice public interest law in California, is eligible to apply.

The Cooley Diversity Fellowship

Cooley LLP welcomes applications from first-year law students who are enrolled full-time in an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2017 at the time of application. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position plus an award to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in 3 installments, the first upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; the second upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; the remaining requires receiving and accepting an offer of full-time employment and joining the firm as a full-time associate. Fellows will be selected based on demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and conclusion; undergraduate and law school academic achievement; personal achievement; demonstrated leadership ability; community service.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills. The scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

  • Deadline: January 12
  • Award: $5,000
  • Contact: Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship, c/o Christopher Hummel,
    Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
    1100 13th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005

Farella Braun + Martel LLP Diversity Scholarship

As part of Farella Braun + Martel LLP’s continued commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the firm awards Diversity Scholarships to support outstanding, diverse Bay Area law students. Applicants must be current first-year, full or part-time (attending first-year classes) law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession.

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to qualified minority students who demonstrate commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The Scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees, law school or university fees, and administrative fees); and patent bar review course. The scholarship recipient will also join the firm as a summer associate in one of its domestic offices (Atlanta, GA; Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto, CA; Reston, VA; or Washington, D.C.).

Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship
First year law students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship program is to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within the larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples and personal interviews.

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment
This stipend is awarded to college graduates with law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines and are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools. Application available online.

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Award: $3,500
  • Contact: American Association of Law Libraries
    Chair, Scholarships Committee
    53 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 940
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Phone: (312) 939-4764, ext. 10

Iranian-American Bar Association (IABA) Scholarship

The IABA Foundation grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full funding for education from another organization.

Islamic Scholarship Fund

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) entity whose mission is to address underrepresentation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that make public policy and influence public opinion. It provides academic scholarships to Muslim students who pursue college and post graduate degrees, including law. Minimum requirements to apply include the following: Muslim or active member of the Muslim community; enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by August 2016; maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.

Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program

As a leading global law firm serving a worldwide client base, Latham is committed to fostering a diverse workforce with lawyers from varied backgrounds and cultures, of different ethnicities and sexual orientations. The 2L Diversity Scholar Program awards select second-year law students a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship and an offer of summer employment at the law firm. Selection criteria: Ability and commitment to contribute to diversity objectives at Latham; life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges a candidate faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession; academic or leadership achievements; interest in practicing law at Latham & Watkins.

Milbank Diversity Scholarship
This program awards a salaried 2L summer associate position and a $25,000 scholarship, distributed during the selected student’s third year of law school. Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in large law firms are encouraged to apply. Factors considered in the selection include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills and a sincere interest in Milbank’s practice. To be named a Milbank Diversity Scholar candidates must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – Lena Chang Internship Awards
Must be ethnic minority students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate course work who can demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. Application available online.

  • Deadline: Fall- August 1; Winter/Spring -November 15; Summer – April 1
  • Award: $2,500 stipend
  • Contact: Michael Coffey, Youth Outreach Coordinator

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Lena Change Internships, Selection Committee
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794
Phone: (805) 965-3443
Fax: (805) 568-0466
Email: Youth@napf.org

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – Ruth Floyd Internship in International Law & Human Rights
This internship is offered to a select student to perform work in issues related to human rights and international law. Candidate must be a student who is currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. This internship is only offered during the summer. Application available online.

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Award: $2,500 stipend
  • Contact: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Ruth Floyd Internships, Selection Committe
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794
Phone: 805-965-3443
Fax: 805-568-0466
Email: youthg@napf.org

Richard Linn American Inn of the Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship
This scholarship is open to law students pursuing a career in intellectual property law. Applicants must have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and continue in that program through Fall semester 2016. Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following criteria: Commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law; commitment, qualities and actions towards ethics, civility and professionalism; academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school); written and oral communication skills; leadership qualities and community involvement; member of historically underrepresented group in IP Law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability).

Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship

Ropes & Gray will provide up to five outstanding second-year law students with a scholarship to offset the expenses of their legal education. Scholarship recipients will also get a paid summer associate position at the firm following the completion of their second year. Eligibility requirements: U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States; member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession; 2L, enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school; outstanding undergraduate and law school academic achievement.

The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to address the need of intellectual property groups in law firms and intellectual property law departments in corporations to improve their diversity profiles by increasing the number of minority candidates. It is intended for students entering or attending law school in Fall 2015. Criteria for selection include demonstrated financial need; academic performance; general factors such as leadership skills community activities or special accomplishments. Application requirements include membership in an underrepresented minority group; U.S. citizenship; demonstrated intent to engage in full-time practice of intellectual property law. Scholarship recipients will be required to join and maintain membership in the AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association).

Deadline: March 13, 2015

Award: $10,000, renewable upon reapplication by student, for up to three academic years

Contact: Deshaundra Walker
Manager, Student Support Programs
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Phone: (713) 574-4922
Email: deshuandra.walker@tmcfund.org

Website: www.aiplef.org/scholars/sidney-b-williams-jr-scholarships/

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP Diversity Scholarship Program
This law firm provides scholarships for minorities and women law students at selected schools who are committed to pursuing a career in patent law. Scholarship recipients are not required to work at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, although the firm may extend to the recipient an offer of employment as a summer associate or associate, if it chooses. Financial need is not a consideration for this scholarship.

  • Deadline: September 3
  • Awards: $2,000
  • Contact: Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP
    Attn: Lindy Yurich
    Two Embarcadero Center, Eighth Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111

Wiley Manuel Law Foundation Scholarship
Wiley William Manuel (1927-1981) was the first African American California Supreme Court Justice. Justice Manuel was deeply concerned about the social, economic, and legal problems facing persons of color. The Foundation awards scholarships to Northern California law students who best exemplify the qualities of the late Justice Wiley.

  • Deadline: March
  • Award: Varies
  • Contact: Law Offices of George Holland
    1970 Broadway, Ste. 1250
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Phone: (510) 465-4100

Womble Carlyle Scholars Programs
Established in 2004, the Womble Carlyle Scholars Program awards scholarships to diverse rising second year law students who present solid academic credentials, personal achievement outside the school environment, and significant participation in community service. This program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the bar. The scholarship is awarded to diverse law students at schools in most of the states in which the firm has offices.
In addition to the scholarship, an offer of summer employment as a Summer Associate in one of the firm’s eleven offices is extended to the Scholar after his/her second year of law school. The Scholar may choose to work at the firm all, half(at least six weeks), or none of the summer. The firm will determine in which office the Scholar works, but every effort will be made to satisfy the Scholar’s office preference. Scholar salaries during the summer will be the same as the firm’s other Summer Associates in each office.

The scholarship application consists of two parts and may be submitted separately. A complete application, cover letter and resume are to be submitted by May 15. The final portion of the scholarship application is due by Tuesday, July 7.

  • Deadline: May 15
  • Award: $4,000
  • Contact: Gloria Agard, Director of Diversity & Workplace Initiatives,
    Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PPLC
    Phone: 336.728.7055
    Fax: 336.733.8306
    Email: gagard@wcsr.com

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Scholarships for African-American Students

Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) Scholarship

The William McClain Scholarship is offered to an African-American student attending any ABA accredited law school who is a Cincinnati, Ohio resident and has demonstrated leadership skills, a commitment to the Cincinnati community and financial need.

  • Deadline: Postmarked by March 9 if sent by mail, or March 11 if sent by e-mail
  • Award: Equal to or greater than $2,000
  • Contact: Bernice L. Walker, Chairperson
    Address: BLAC Scholarship Committee, PO Box 3181,
    Cincinnati, OH 45201-3181
    Phone: 513.946.4323
    Email: blwalke@msn.com (preferred contact)

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Scholarship

Eligibility is limited to second- and third-year full-time law students and fourth-year law students enrolled in night programs. Applicants must be attending an accredited law school or have passed the California first-year students’ examination. The Black Women Lawyers Association awards its scholarships and bar grants on the basis of financial need, community service, academic achievement and legal writing ability. Successful candidates should expect to practice in the Southern California area. Application available online.

  • Deadline: April 7
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Black Women Lawyers Association
    Nicole Hancock
    c/o Scholarship Selection Committee
    11755 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2240
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Phone: 310 229-9800
    Email: kpointer@lpclawyers.com

Earl Warren Scholarship

The scholarship opportunity from the NCAAP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to social justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school. Eligibility: 1) U.S. Citizen, 2) college graduate; enrolled in final year of college/university or first year law student, 3) record of academic achievement, 4) demonstrated and an ongoing commitment to racial justice and civil rights. In addition to financial assistance, Earl Warren scholars are given two unique opportunities: (1) an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project-competitive positions that are sought out by dozens of students every year, and (2) an invitation to LDF’s Civil Rights Training Institute, an invitation-only annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorneys to discuss strategies and to network.

John M. Langston Bar Association Scholarship

The John M. Langston Bar Association is the largest African-American bar association in Los Angeles. Langston’s mission is to provide a source of networks, support, and mentorship for African-American attorneys. Each year, Langston sponsors various workshops to address the needs of African-American attorneys and provides scholarships to qualified law students and bar grants for law school graduates.

  • Deadline: January 7
  • Award: Varies
  • Contact: Rupert A. Byrdsong, Esq.
    Flower Street, #1800, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    Phone: (213) 489-0028
    Fax: (213) 489-0552
    Email: rbyrdsong@imwlaw.com

    Address: John M. Langston Scholarship Committee,
    Ivie, Mc Neill & Wyatt, 444 South

NAACP Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

This scholarship is open to current members of the NAACP. Applicant must be a citizen of the U.S. and be enrolled in an accredited college in the U.S. Graduate applicant may be full or part-time student possessing a 3.0 average on a 4.0 system. Applicant must not have reached the age of 25 by the deadline. Requests for a scholarship packet must be made in writing to the address below. Please contact your local NAACP branch for further information.

  • Deadline: Last Friday of March
  • Award: $2,500
  • Contact: The United Negro College Fund
    Scholarships and Grants Administration
    8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
    Attn: Kimberly Hall
    Fairfax, VA 22031
    Phone: (703) 205-3400

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Scholarships for Asian-American Students

AABA Law Foundation Scholarship

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) awards scholarships to law students who are committed to advocating and improving their communities. Selection criteria include past, present and future community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and past, present and future commitment to the Bay Area. All current law students are eligible to apply, but preference is given to first and second year law students at a San Francisco Bay Area school, including Santa Clara University. If selected, the finalist must attend an in-person interview on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in San Francisco. All scholarship recipients must also attend the AABA Annual Dinner on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in San Francisco.

APABA Silicon Valley Equal Justice Scholarship

This scholarship from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV”) is funded by Lee Tran & Liang. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have: overcome personal hardships or challenges; shown excellence and achievement in law school; demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific American community. Although not required, strong preference will be given to those law students who interned this past summer or will be interning next summer at a non-profit organization that serves the Asian Pacific American community and who show financial need.

APABA Silicon Valley and BALIF Joint Scholarship

This is a special joint scholarship from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV Charity”) and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (“BALIF”), for law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have shown excellence and achievement in law school; overcome personal hardships and challenges; demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific and LGBT communities.

Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) Scholarships

Each year, FBANC presents scholarships to qualified law student members who have shown a commitment to issues involving the Filipino American Community. All current law students in good academic standing and those admitted to law school for 2016-2017 are encouraged to apply for the scholarships.

  • Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016
  • Awards: Two $2,500 scholarships, one $3,000 scholarship and one $5,000 scholarship
  • Contact: Carmelita Miller at mentorship@fbank.org
  • Website: www.fbanc.org

Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation (JEF) Scholarships

The Japanese American Bar Association Foundation offers one or more scholarships each year to law students. The scholarships are open to law students with a demonstrated commitment to community service, including but not limited to a commitment to serving the Japanese American community and/or the API community. Additional factors may include financial need, adversity, academic achievement, and desire to practice law in the Southern California area.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) National Scholarship Awards

The league offers three separate scholarships: the Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarship, the Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship, and the Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award, which provides financial assistance to a student who otherwise would have to delay or terminate his or her education because of a lack of financing. Only applicants who exhibit severe financial need will be considered for the Hagiwara award.

Applicants must be active JACL members who are planning to attend law school in the fall. Applications are available online or by sending a self addressed and stamped #10 envelope to the address below.

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Awards: Variable
  • Contact: JACL
    attn: Patty Wada
    1765 Sutter St.
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Phone: (415) 345-1075
    Email: pwada@jacl.org

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship

Thesescholarships are awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve the Asian Pacific American community. The Foundation considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant’s essay. Letters of recommendation should be furnished by individuals who can provide relevant information and who can be contacted by the Foundation.

The NAPABA foundation considers factors including, but not limited to, the applicant’s:

1) demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest and/or public service legal work;
2) financial need;
3) leadership potential;
4) maturity and responsibility; and
5) commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community.

  • Deadline: September
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: NAPABA Law Foundation
    1612 K Street NW
    Suite 1400
    Washington, D.C . 20006
    Email: nlfstaff@napaba.org

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Law Foundation Public Interest Fellowship

Open to all currently enrolled law students, this scholarship is intended to provide assistance to students toward their public interest or social justice goals. Priority is given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the Vietnamese-American and/or Vietnamese communities in Northern California and to those who will be using the scholarship award to further their public interest or social justice work, either by pursuing post-graduate work or for a summer position. In 2015, VABANC awarded $2,000 to each recipient and hopes to continue this award amount

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Scholarships for Mexican-American, Hispanic & Latino Students

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship Awards

CHCI awards scholarships to Latino students who have a history of performing public and/or community service activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online.

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Award: $2500
  • Contact: CHCI
    911 2nd Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20002

Esperanza Scholarship Fund

Applicant must be an Ohio resident and have at least one parent who is fully Hispanic. Applicant must demonstrate financial need and is requied to participate in an interview with Esperanza’s Scholarship Selection Committee if selected as a semi-finalist.

  • Deadline: TBA
  • Award: $500 – $1,500
  • Contact: Esperanza, Inc.
    May Dugan Community Center
    4115 Bridge Avenue, Suite 107
    Cleveland, OH 44113
    Phone: (216) 651-7178
    Email: hopefed@aol.com

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – College Scholarship Program

Applicants must be full-time students with a GPA of 2.7 or above, be either a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident, and be of Hispanic heritage (one parent fully Hispanic or each parent half Hispanic). Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, personal statement and financial need.

  • Deadline: August 1-October 15
  • Awards: $1000-$5,000
  • Contact: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    55 Second Street, Suite 1500
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Phone: (877) 473-4636
    Email: scholar1@hsf.net

La Raza Lawyers Association-Central Valley Chapter- Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship

Since 1980 the La Raza Lawyers Association of Fresno has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership qualities, and involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley. Since 1991 the scholarship fund has been dedicated to the memory of the late Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos, a Fresno county jurist and respected community leader. Presently enrolled law students in their first, second, third or fourth year of legal study are eligible to apply for this scholarship. In order to receive their awards, recipients are expected to be present at the annual banquet to be held this year in Fresno on April 7, 2017. Each recipient will receive a complimentary entry to the banquet for themselves and one guest.

  • Deadline: February 15, 2017
  • Awards: Variable (most recently in the range of $1,000 – $3,000)
  • Contact: Juan Ramirez at Juan-f-r@comcast.net (e-mail preferred) or tel. (559) 679-9507
  • Website: larazalaw.com

La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Clara County

La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Clara County provides scholarships to encourage and advance the social, cultural, economic and legal equality of minorities. The scholarships are available to La Raza students who (1) are from the Bay Area; or (2) attend Santa Clara University, Lincoln, UC Berkeley, USF, UC Hastings, Stanford, Golden Gate University, UC Davis, or McGeorge Schools of Law. In addition, the Association will consider activities such as, but not limited to, community involvement, peer counseling, school activities and financial need.

  • Deadline: September 24
  • Award: $1,500 to $2,500
  • Contact: LRLA Scholarship Chair
    PO Box 30
    San Jose, CA 95103
    Email: larazalawyers@yahoo.com

LULAC National Educational Service Center Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Applicants must be Hispanic students. Awards are given to all fields of study and are based on merit, achievement, honors and need. Contact the scholarship committee of a participating local LULAC Council in your community to request a scholarship application.

  • Deadline: March 31
  • Awards: $250 to $1,000
  • Contact: LULAC Council 2862
    PO Box 1294
    Sacramento, CA 95812-1294

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Open to full-time law students of Hispanic descent accepted to or enrolled in an accredited law school. Applicants must show a commitment to serving the Latino community after graduation and demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.

  • Deadline: October 1
  • Award: $3,000-$7,000
  • Contact: MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program
    634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90014
    Phone: (213) 629-2512

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The fund offers awards from two scholarship endowments:

1. The Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund
All Latino students attending a U.S. law school are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic promise as well as a commitment to the Latino community. (This scholarship may not be available this year.)

2. Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award
All Latino students attending law school in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 1L or 2L students in a JD program at an ABA approved law school (no LLM students). PRBA selects recipients based on financial need and academic promise.

  • Deadline: February 28 (PRBA)
  • Awards: Fitzpatrick: four at $1,500; PRBA: $2,000
  • Contact: PRBA Scholarship Fund
    c/o PRLDEF, Attn: Maritza Maldonado
    99 Hudson Street, 14th Floor
    New York, NY 10013-2815
    Phone: (212) 739-7517
    Fax: (212) 431-4276
    Email: education@prldef.org

Vikki Carr Scholarship

The scholarship is open to legal U.S. residents. Applicants must be Texas residents between 17 and 22 years old and of Latino heritage.

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Award: Contact agency
  • Contact: Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation
    Scholarship Coordinator
    PO Box 780968
    San Antonio, TX 78278

Wally Davis Memorial Legal Scholarship Fund/Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)

HEEF is interested in students who demonstrate a commitment to serving their communities with a social conscience. Priority is given to applicants from California’s Orange County who are of Latino origin and demonstrate involvement in the Latino community and school. The Wally Davis Memorial Legal Scholarship is awarded annually to law students.

  • Deadline: August 3
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Wally Davis Memorial Legal
    Scholarship Fund/HEEF
    c/o John J. Isaza
    4 Park Plaza, Ste. 1230
    Irvine, CA 92614

 

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Scholarships for Native-American Students

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships

These awards are granted to assist Native American and Alaskan Native students from federally recognized tribes pursuing Master’s, Doctorate, and professional degrees in all fields. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Contact AIGC for an application packet which is available January through May. Fellowships are awarded to applicants to the extent that funds are available.

  • Deadline: June 2
  • Awards: Up to $3,000
  • Contact: American Indian Graduate Center

4520 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Ste. 1B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: (505) 881-4584
Fax: (505) 884-0427
Email: marveline@aigc.com

Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarship

To be eligible applicants must be admitted for enrollment at an accredited institution of higher education. Those residing near or within the exterior boundary of an Indian reservation or living on trust or restricted land under jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs will receive priority.

  • Deadlines: Fall term July 15; spring term December 15
  • Awards: Contact agency
  • Contact: Bureau of Indian Affairs
    Office of Indian Education
    2800 Cottage Way
    Sacramento, CA 95825
    Phone: (916) 978-6058

Indian Education Program

The program provides assistance for graduate study in education, law and medicine.

  • Deadline: Contact agency
  • Award: Contact agency
  • Contact: OIE Fellowship Program
    FOB-6, Department of Education
    600 Independence Ave. SW
    Washington, DC 20202
    Phone: (202) 401-2000

National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution–American Indians Committee

Applicants must be Native Americans with financial need who have a GPA of at least 2.75. To receive the scholarship application you must send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Committees Services, American Indian Scholarship, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 2006-5305. Applications should be returned to the address below.

  • Deadlines: Fall term April 1; Spring term October 1
  • Award: $500
  • Contact: Charlotte F. Eggler, National Vice Chairman
    American Indian Scholarship
    8015 Crestwood Drive
    Boise, ID 83704-3024
    Phone: (208)875-1086
    Email: ceggmsncom@msn.com

Oneida Higher Education

Financial aid is provided to students who are enrolled members of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin attending accredited institutions.

  • Deadlines: Fall term April 15; Spring term October 1
  • Awards: Up to $20,000/academic year
  • Contact: Oneida Higher Education
    PO Box 365
    Oneida, WI 54155
    Phone: (800)236-2214 ext 4033
    Fax: (920) 869-4039

Osage Tribal Education Committee

Applicants must prove Osage Indian blood, be enrolled in an accredited college and submit a completed application. Law students are eligible for this scholarship program. Students must apply each semester for continuous funding.

  • Deadlines: Summer – May 1: Fall – July 1: Spring – December 31
  • Award: Contact agency
  • Contact: Oklahoma Area Education Office
    4149 Highline Blvd., Ste. 380
    Oklahoma City, OK 73108
    Phone: (405) 605-6051 ext 300

Osage Tribla Higher Education Scholarship Grant

The Osage Tribal Higher Education Scholarship Grant is available to any Osage member attending any college or university. The Higher Education Grant Award varies according to an academic point system for each applicant. Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible. The scholarship packet may be request by calling the number below.

  • Deadline: Summer – May 1; Fall- August 1; Spring – December 31
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Osage Tribal Education Department
    PO Box 1270
    255 Senior Drive
    Pawhuska, OK 74056
    Phone: (800) 390-6724
    (918)287-4525
    Fax: (918) 287-2416

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Scholarships for Jewish Students

Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Applicants must be accepted to a college, university, vocational school or other accredited institution and be Jewish residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin or Sonoma Counties for one year prior to applying. Application is available online.

  • Deadline: Contact agency
  • Award: Up to $6,000
  • Contact: Financial Aid Center
    Jewish Family and Children’s Services
    Attn. Eric Singer
    The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld Professional Building
    2150 Post Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Phone: (415) 449-1226
    Email: Erks@jfcs.org

JVS Scholarship Fund

The JVS Scholarship is available to Jewish students with verifiable financial need who are legal and permanent residents of Los Angeles County. Primary criterion for scholarship selection is financial need. Jewish community involvement and community service are also considered. Financial need is verified by federal income tax returns. A personal interview is necessary for eligible new applicants. All applicants are required to file a “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) in January. Scholarship applications will be available on January 3.

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Award: Ranging from $500 to $5,000 (renewable)
  • Contact: Attn. Hilary Mandel
    JVS Scholarship Fund
    Jewish Vocational Service
    6505 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: (323) 761-8888 ext 8868
    Email: scholarship@jvsla.org
    Fax: (323) 671-8575

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Scholarships for Disabled Students

American Council of the Blind Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to legally blind applicants admitted for study at any accredited college for any level or kind of study, including vocational study. Contact American Council of the Blind in September to request more information, including criteria.

  • Deadline: March 14
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: American Council of the Blind
    attn: Terry Pacheco
    1155 15th St. NW, Ste. 1004
    Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: (202) 467-5081 or (800) 424-8666
    Fax: (202) 467-5085
    Email: altinfo@acb.org

American Foundation for the Blind Scholarship

The foundation offers scholarships including the Karen Carsel Memorial Scholarship awarded to a full-time graduate student who is legally blind.

Chicago Injury Center’s Disabled Veterans Scholarship

The Chicago Injury Center believes in helping those who have courageously served our country. The firm is proud to offer a series of scholarships available to disabled veterans enrolled college, including students in a graduate course of study. These scholarships will be available annually and will follow the deadlines and other requirements as stated on its web site.

Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) Biunno Scholarship

Every year the Essex County Bar Foundation offers a scholarship in memory of Joseph J. and Vincent P. Biunno. The scholarships are designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school. For purposes of the scholarship, a disability is limited to a permanent physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one of more of the major life activities of the individual having such an impairment. Persons wishing to apply for the scholarship will need to demonstrate a permanent disability consistent with the criterion outlined above and demonstrate financial need, law school achievement and commitment to practice law. Those with connections to New Jersey receive preference.

National Association of the Deaf William C. Stokoe Scholarship

The scholarship is limited to deaf students who have graduated from a four-year college program and are pursuing part- or full-time graduate studies in a field related to sign language or the deaf community or who are developing a special project on one of these topics. Applications are available online or by sending a self addressed and stamped #10 envelope to the address below.

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Award: $2,000
  • Contact: Stokoe Scholarship Secretary
    National Association of the Deaf
    814 Thayer Ave.
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
    Phone: (301) 587-1788
    TTY: (301) 587-1789
    Email: NADinfo@nad.org

National Federation of the Blind

The Federation grants thirty scholarships annually to legally blind persons in higher education from college freshmen to doctoral candidates. Federation scholarship winners also win a trip to the organization’s annual convention and the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with the nation’s most dynamic leaders of the blind community. Winning a Federation scholarship is a lifetime distinction since winners must compete in a pool of 500 applicants. Winning is also an honor since the selection process is performed by successful blind persons. Winners recognize that they have been chosen by their blind peers who are not fooled by lowered expectations of blind people but rather seek out true quality.

  • Deadline: March 31
  • Award: range from $3,000 to $12,000
  • Contact: 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
    Phone: (410) 659-9314
    Fax: (410) 685-5653
    Email: nfb@nfb.org

Opportunities for the Blind Inc.

These grants provide financial assistance with tuition, books, and supplies for legally blind USA citizens of working age who are pursuing an accredited post-secondary education. Only assistance not provided by your state agency for the blind is considered. The “ideal” applicant is someone who, through his/her prior accomplishments, exhibits a high probability of success. Those who have already demonstrated their own individual inittiative and received recognition or support from other is also a plus. All prospective applicants must first submit an Eligiblity Form or call the number bleow to schedule an Eligibility Interview.

  • Deadline: February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 1
  • Award: Contact agency
  • Contact: Opportunities for the Blind Inc.
    PO Box 510
    Leonardtown, MD 20650
    Phone: (800) 884-1990
    Email: OppBlind@yahoo.com

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Scholarships for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, & Transgender Students

APABA Silicon Valley and BALIF Joint Scholarship

This is a special joint scholarship from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV Charity”) and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (“BALIF”), for law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have shown excellence and achievement in law school; overcome personal hardships and challenges; demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific and LGBT communities.

An Uncommon Legacy Foundation Scholarship

This program provides awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate lesbian students. To qualify, applicants must be planning to become a full-time student in the U.S.; have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on their transcripts; demonstrate a commitment or contribution to the lesbian community; demonstrate financial need; and follow Legacy’s Lesbian Leaderships Scholarship guidelines at an accredited college or university. Consideration will be given to academic performance, honors, personal or financial hardship and, especially, service to the LGBT community. Applicants must apply online.

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Awards: Variable
  • Contact: Scholarship Review Committee
    An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc.
    PO Box 33727
    Washington, DC 20033
    Phone: (202) 265-1926
    Fax: (202) 265-1927
    Email: scholarship@uncommonlegacy.org

Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (FLAGS)

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to gay, lesbian and bisexual students who are involved in the community. For more information or an application, send a self addressed and stamped envelope to the address below.

  • Deadline: Mid-September for current school year
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Whitman-Brooks
    The Scholarship Fund
    PO Box 48320
    Los Angeles, CA 90048-0320
    Phone: (213) 650-5752

Markowski-Leach Scholarship Fund

This award provides financial assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons attending San Francisco State University, Stanford University or UC Berkeley students as upper division undergraduate or graduate students. Award recipients will have been determined by the Scholarship Committee to be likely to make a substantial contribution to society, thereby enhancing both society’s perception of gay and lesbian people as well as the gay and lesbian community’s self-esteem.” Successful candidates will demonstrate leadership and a commitment to excellence in their service, employment, or scholastic endeavors as well as dedicated to a goal that will allow them to contribute to the betterment of society. Applications available online in February.

  • Deadline: Received by April 15
  • Award: $1,250
  • Contact: The Markowski-Leach Scholarship Committee
    PO Box 13315 – PMB #206
    Oakland, CA 94661-0315
    Email: mlscholarships@gmail.com

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Scholarships for Specific Locations

Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley Achievement Scholarship

The purpose of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APBASV) Achievement Scholarship is to recognize law students in the Bay Area who have overcome personal hardships or challenges; shown excellence and achievement in law school; or demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific American community.

Although not required, preference will be given to law students who will be interning in the summer at a non-profit organization that serves the Asian Pacific American community.

  • Deadline: March 20
  • Award: Up to four awards of $3,000 each
    Email: apbasv@gmail.com

Berks County Community Foundation – Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship
In 1978 the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund was established by Helen and Richard Fox and Friends to honor the memory of their son who, as a proud member of the Berks County Bar Association, Pennsylvania, served as a young attorney in the Public Defender’s Office.

In June 2000, the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund was transferred to the Berks County Community foundation to manage and administer. The award of $3,000 is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event. It is given to help fund a deserving Berks county, Pennsylvania, resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited Law School.

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Award: $3,000
  • Website and Application: www.bccf.org

Bar Association of San Francisco Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarships
These scholarships provide financial assistance to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in Bay Area law schools. Minority students admitted into and entering an ABA-accredited law school in the Bay Area, and current law students may apply.

  • Deadline: May 14, 4:00 pm
  • Awards: variable (usually $10,000, renewable)
  • Contact: The Bar Association of San Francisco
    Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program
    c/o Daisy J. Hung
    301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Email: scholarships@sfbar.org

Community Foundation Sonoma County – 10,000 Degrees Law School Scholarship

10,000 Degrees Law School Scholarship is made possible by funding from: The Marin County Bar Association; Michael F. O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship Fund (Sonoma County); The Honorable Gayle Guynup Scholarship Fund (Sonoma County). Scholarships are awarded to individuals with significant financial need who exhibit a strong desire to go to law school, and who have the perseverance necessary to graduate and accomplish their education goals. Applicants must be either a Marin County or Sonoma County resident or have graduated from a high school in those two counties.

Website: www.10000degrees.org/students/scholarships/law-school-scholarship

Edwards Scholarship Fund

The Edwards Scholarship is for Boston residents only. It is open to women and men of all races, nationalities and religions who are less than 25 years old and have lived within the Boston city limits since the beginning of their junior year of high school. Scholarships are granted based on financial need, scholastic ability, and good character. Recipients are encouraged to remember the fund when they are gainfully employed in their chosen professions. Donations to the fund are acknowledged in writing and are completely tax deductible.

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Award: $250-$5,000
  • Contact: Edwards Scholarship Fund
    200 Clarendon Street, 27th Floor
    Boston, MA 02116
    Phone: (617) 654-8628

Frank H. Lang Merit Scholarship

The law firm of Lang, Richert & Patch offers agrant towards payment of law school tuition to applicants who graduated from a high school in the Central Valley of California and are existing first-year law students or college students admitted to law school. The scholarship is awarded solely on merit, not on need.

  • Deadline: May – Contact Agency
  • Award: One $1,000 scholarship
  • Contact: Lang, Richert & Patch
    attn: Tamara L. Equals
    P.O. Box 40012
    Fresno, CA 93755-0012
    Phone: (559) 228-6700

Fresno County Bar Association Scholarship

Applicants must be a resident of Fresno County, California and a law student in good standing of a school of law in California accredited by the State Bar of California. Students in law schools outside Fresno County are eligible as long as their permanent family residence address is in Fresno County, California. Applicant must have completed at least one year of law school. Updated applications will be sent to law schools each fall.

  • Deadline: October 15
  • Award: $1,000
  • Contact: Fresno County Bar Association
    Attn: Ms. Bobbie Lee, Executive Director
    1221 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 300
    Fresno, CA 93721-1720
    Email: bobbielee@fresnocountybar.org
    Phone: (559) 264-2619
    Fax: (559) 264-8726

Haneman-Perskie Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Each award is a one-year grant paid directly to the law school in the name of the recipient. To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident admitted to law school. The grant is for one year and applicant may re-apply for the seconf and following years. The award shall be based on an academic ability, financial need, leadership potential, and character.

  • Deadline: January – May 1
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Haneman-Perskie Scholarship Foundation
    c/o Atlantic County Bar Association
    1201 Bacharach Blvd.
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Phone: (609) 345-3444

Harry Blackmun Scholarship

Recipients will be chosen based on several factors, including academic achievement, financial need and potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession. Preference will be given to applicants with a significant tie to Justice Blackmun’s home state of Minnesota.

  • Deadline: June 15
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation Inc.
    attn: Jeanette Kelch
    118 W. Mulberry Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201-3600
    Phone: (410) 685-3813
    Fax: (410) 685-0203
    Email: jak@mcdgr.com

Harry Zekian Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be residents of California’s Fresno County who are students in good standing at a California law school accredited by the State Bar. Students in law schools outside Fresno County are eligible if their permanent family residence address is in Fresno County. Updated applications will be sent to law schools each fall.

  • Deadline: October 15
  • Award: Three awards of $2,000 each
  • Contact: Fresno County Bar Association
    Attn: Ms. Bobbie Lee, Executive Director
    1221 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 300
    Fresno, CA 93721-1720
    Email: bobbielee@fresnocountybar.org
    Phone: (559) 264-2619
    Fax: (559) 264-8726

Hon. Patricia Herron and Hon. Ellen James Scholarship

The Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association awards at least two scholarships annually to local students who have completed at least one year of law school. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial and community support to local law students (male and female) who are in good standing and have demonstrated active community involvement, including involvement in or commitment to women’s issues.

  • Deadline: Postmarked by September 30
  • Award: Between $1,000 and $5,000
  • Contact: Kirsten Erath Barranti, Esq.
    Barranti Law Group
    5674 Stoneridge Drive, #202
    Pleasanton, CA 94588
    Email: kirsten@keblawgroup.com
    Phone: (925) 474-0040
    Fax: (925) 474-0042

John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship Fund (JLKMSF)

The San Bernardino County Bar Association established the scholarship in memory of the late John Lewis King, one of the foremost trials attorneys of San Bernardino County. The scholarship is open only to students with the following qualifications: minimum 2L; connection with San Bernardino County; attending a JLKMSF Board approved law school. The scholarship application will consist of: A completed application, the student’s official law school transcripts (all), a current resume, and any additional documentation that may be requested.

  • Deadline: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Award: $5,000 (at least one)
  • Contact: (909) 885-1986 (ask for Claire or Marilyn)
  • Website and Application: www.sbcba.org/JLK.html

Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship

This scholarship was established as a memorial to the late Presiding Justice Hollis G. Best to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by law students. Candidates must be law students who have successfully completed at least one year of law school. Strong preference will be given to current residents of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare or Tuolumne Counties. Primary considerations are academic achievement and the breadth and depth of the applicant’s extracurricular and community activities. Financial need and demonstrated leadership capabilities are also taken into consideration.

  • Deadline: January 16, 2015
  • Award: $1,000
  • Contact: Margo Feldkamp/Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship Committee
  • Email: margofeldkamp@jud.ca.gov
    5th District Court of Appeal
    2424 Ventura Street
    Fresno, CA 93721
    Phone: (559) 445-5625

Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship
Each candidate must be a female student who has successfully completed at least one year of law school and has not yet graduated. Preference will be given to current or former residents of California’s Fresno, Kings, Madera or Tulare counties, especially if they intend to practice in these counties. Primary considerations are academic achievement and the breadth and depth of the applicants’s extra-curricular and community activities. Financial need and demonstrated leadership cabilities are also taken into consideration. Using the contact information below, applications may be obtained by phone, e-mail or fax.

Kern County Women Lawyers Public Interest Benefit Fund Scholarship

The Kern County Women Lawyers Association (KCWLA) of Bakersfield, California is an organization that supports and promotes women in the profession as well as issues of gender, diversity and equality. The KCWLA, through its Foundation, awards scholarships to both female and male law students, each year, in April or May. In order to receive a scholarship, the applicant must have ties to Kern County, California, have financial need and/or hardship and have good academic standing and scholarship. The Foundation is interested in candidates who have interests and experiences concerning issues facing the procession and, in particular, those issues important to women. Each year, at least one scholarship for a second, third or fourth year law student is awarded.

  • Deadline: April 2
  • Awards: $250-$3,000
  • Contact: Cynthia C. Norris, Secretary
    Kern County Women Lawyers Foundation
    P.O. Box 2702
    Bakersfield, CA 93302
    Phone: (661) 868-2736

La Raza Lawyers Association-Central Valley Chapter-Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship

Since 1980 the La Raza Lawyers Association of Fresno has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership qualities, and involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley. Since 1991 the scholarship fund has been dedicated to the memory of the late Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos, a Fresno county jurist and respected community leader. Presently enrolled law students in their first, second, third or fourth year of legal study are eligible to apply for this scholarship. In order to receive their awards, recipients are expected to be present at the annual banquet to be held this year in Fresno on April 10, 2015. Each recipient will receive a complimentary entry to the banquet for themselves and one guest.

La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Clara County

La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Clara County provides grants to encourage and advance the social, cultural, economic and legal equality of minorities. The scholarships are available to La Raza students who 1) are from the Bay Area; or 2)attend Santa Clara University, Lincoln, UC Berkeley, USF , UC Hastings, Stanford, Golden Gate University, UC Davis, or McGeorge Schools of Law. In addition, the Association will consider activities such as, but not limited to, community involvement, peer counseling, school activities and financial need. Application available online.

  • Deadline: September 24
  • Award: $1,500 to $2,500
  • Contact: Richard Alvarez, Scholarship Chair
    PO Box 30
    San Jose, CA 95103
    Email: larazalawyers@yahoo.com

La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Cruz County

These grants are provided to encourage and advance the social, cultural economic and legal equalify of minorities. The scholarship grants are available to Latino students who are from Santa Cruz County, even if now living in a different county. The Association will look at financial need and activities such as community involvement, peer counseling, and school activities in determining the award recipients. Application available online.

  • Deadline: July 31
  • Award: $500- $2,000
  • Contact: Victor M. Campos
    Attorney at Law
    831 Bay Avenue, Suite 1-F
    Capitola, CA 95010
    Phone: (831) 464-2222
    Email: viclaw@pacbell.net


Rhode Island Bar Foundation – Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

The objective of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s Scholarship Program is to support high standards in legal practice. It provides financial assistance to Rhode Island residents who show promise of becoming outstanding lawyers and need assistance to study at quality law schools. Scholarship awards shall be exclusively for tuition and related expenses for persons who enroll as full-time students in programs leading to the award of the L.L.B. or J.D. degree offered by law schools located in one of the United States or District of Columbia and accredited by the American Bar Association. Each scholarship will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, superior academic performance, community and public service, and demonstrated contacts with and commitment to the State of Rhode Island. The award is for first year law students.

  • Deadline: Received by March 19
  • Award: 2 awards for $15,000 each
  • Contact: Ginny Caldwell
    Rhode Island Bar Foundation
    115 Cedar Street
    Providence, RI 02903
    Phone: (401) 421-6541
    Fax: (401) 421-2703
    Email: gcaldwell@ribar.com

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to law students who are residents of Santa Barbara County, California, at the time of their application. The foundation is looking for financially needy students with strong academic records, worthy extracurricular activities and leadership potential. Special consideration will be given to students re-entering the work force, single parents and applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting gender equality.

  • Deadline: May 30
  • Award: 2 awards for $1,000
  • Contact: Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation
    PO Box 20085
    Santa Barbara, CA 93120-0085

San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Educational Foundation

Scholarships are available to all law students, both male and female. Criteria for selection include, but are not limited to, the following attributes: financial need, academic excellence, residential or other ties to San Mateo County, and involvement in activities, whether legal, scholastic, public, private or community. Applicants for the scholarship should submit a letter stating their qualifications for the award and the information about why they should be selected. Please include in the letter, or as a separate attachment, the following information: All law school scholarships received and in what amounts; specify how the law school education is being financed; include a copy of the current law school transcript; and provide any other information pertinent to the referenced selection criteria.

Letters and materials should be mailed to President Mara Feiger at 990 Industrial Road, Suite 209, San Carlos, California 94070, or by email to Mara Feiger, President, at mwfeiger@yahoo.com.

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to applicants who graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County, California, or to adult re-entry students who resided in Santa Barbara for at least the last three years as nonstudents. Applicants must be full-time graduate students in the current academic year at approved U.S. colleges or universities.

The George A. Cavalletto Law Scholarship Fund is awarded to full-time law students. Applicants must have originally graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County and be studying in a standard academic-year law program. Applicants must complete a Scholarships Foundation of Santa Barbara graduate application and submit with all supporting materials by January 31. A personal interview in Santa Barbara, California is required in March. Application available online.

  • Deadline: January 31
  • Award: Variable
  • Contact: Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
    PO Box 3620
    Santa Barbara, CA 93130
    Phone: (805) 687-6065
    Fax: (805) 687-6031
    Email: info@sbscholarship.org

Sonoma County Women in Law- The Honorable Gayle Guynup Scholarship Fund

The fund is established to assist deserving law students with an interest in promoting women’s access to and involvement in the legal system to complete their legal education by defraying some of the costs. Requirements: Legal residency in Sonoma County; have completed first year of law school; involvement in promoting equal opportunity and justice for all women.

Ventura County Community Foundation – Roy A. Gustafson Memorial Scholarship

Candidates must have graduated from a public or private high school in Ventura County;
completed the first year of law school at an accredited college or university in California; have financial need.

  • Deadline: received @ VCCF by 5pm on January 16
  • Award: about $2,500
  • Contact: Scholarships, Ventura County Community Foundation
    1317 Del Norte Road, Suite 100
    Camarillo, CA 93010-8364
    Phone: (805) 988-0196 x 119
    Email: vweber@vccf.org (Virginia Weber)

Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation- Investment in Community Graduate Fellowship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving graduate student who was born, raised or lived on the Monterey Peninsula and who intends to return to the area and be of service to the local community after completing his/her graduate degree. The award can be used to cover ordinary graduate school costs including tuition, books, room, and board. Selection criteria include: full-time enrollment in an advanced program of study; above average academic achievement; proven commitment to volunteerism and public service; intent to remain connected to the Monterey Peninsula through work and/or residence.

Deadline: January 31, 2015
Amount: Up to $10,000
Contact: Clark Foundation (831) 625-1175
Website: www.theclarkfoundation.org/overview.html
Application: www.theclarkfoundation.org/application.html

 

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