Santa Clara Law offers a variety of scholarships and prizes to incoming and continuing students, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends who have established these funds over the years. All incoming student applicants are automatically considered for scholarships.

For information on the scholarship application process contact the office of financial aid:

Elinore Burkhardt, Director of Law Financial Aid (408) 551-1719

For more information about searching for scholarships, go to FinAid! The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid.  A list of External Scholarships can be found here.

For information on establishing a scholarship or prize, please contact the Office of Development:

Karen Bernosky, Senior Director of Development – (408) 551-1749


Please take a moment to read a brief history of each scholarship and its namesake.  Many of these individuals created lasting legacies whose stories continue to impact our community.

11 Easy Pieces Endowed Scholarship Fund
Antitrust Prize
Becchetti/Yada Endowed Scholarship
John and Ethel Burnett Endowed Scholarship
Nancy and Ted Biagini Endowed Law Scholarship
Anthony J. Chargin Family Endowed Scholarship
The Chargin Prize
B.T. Collins “Captain Hook” Scholarship
Virginia Worth Daly Endowed Scholarship
Dean’s Fellowships
Dunlap/McAuvic Endowed Scholarship Fund
Michael di Leonardo Memorial Scholarship
Edward M. Fellows Memorial Scholarship
Emery Scholarships
Russell W. Galloway, Jr. Fund for Minority Scholarships
Frederick Gonzalez and Leota Van DeVeere Gonzalez Scholarship Fund
Edwin and Florence Heafey Endowed Scholarship 
Frank Hennessey Scholarship
Beatrice M. Hessen Memorial Scholarship
Daniel and Carole Kelly Endowed Scholarship Fund
Joan Lamb Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Law Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
Law Faculty Scholarships
Albert J. Lee and Mae Lee Memorial Scholarship
William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation Law Scholarship Fund
Irene and Roe A. Maier Scholarship
Bernice and Saul Manaster Scholarship Fund
Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship
Military Endowed Scholarship
Paul Nettesheim Endowed Scholarship Fund
Mabel T. Owens Endowed Law Scholarship
Stephen and Louise Pahl Endowed Scholarship Fund
Justice Edward A. Panelli Endowed Law Scholarship
Connie & Tony Ridder Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Rosati Family endowed Scholarship Fund
Mike and Phyllis Shea Endowed Law Scholarship Fund
Ann Hannon Smith Law Scholarship
Erma E. Southern Prize
Stinnett Family Scholarship Fund
George A. Strong Memorial Scholarship
Edwin H. Taylor Intellectual Property and High Tech Law Scholarship Fund
Walter V. Walsh Scholarship Fund
Richard and Diane Watters Endowed Law Scholarship Fund
Women and Law Scholarship

 

11 Easy Pieces Endowed Scholarship Fund
Awarded to student with financial need and in good academic standing.


Antitrust Prize
This prize is made possible through the settlement from the Western Sugar Antitrust Litigation, MDL 201 (N.D.CA). This class action was brought against the major sugar refiners and producers in the Western United States, on behalf of numerous private and governmental classes. The presiding judge, the Honorable Edward N. Cahn, requested that this fund be used for “academic work and support, such as research, scholarship, lectureships, teaching and books in the Field of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law.” The Antitrust Prize is awarded to the student with the highest GPA in the Antitrust class.


Becchetti/Yada Endowed Scholarship
The Becchetti/Yada Endowed Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of James Marius Becchetti (’26). Mr. Becchetti was a faculty member for the School of Law from 1937-1942, teaching business law. He was also a member of the Board of Fellows (1968-88), the President’s Club (1979-86) and the Gianera Society (he was a charter member). Upon his death on March 20, 1988, this scholarship was created with the help of Mr. Becchetti’s longtime employee and friend, Irene C. Yada. The scholarship manifests Mr. Becchetti’s undying commitment to the Santa Clara University community and his high esteem for a Santa Clara University education.

The Becchetti/Yada Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.


John and Ethel Burnett Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1985 at the request of Ann Burnett Mitchell (’85), the John and Ethel Burnett Endowed Scholarship fulfills a unique niche. John Burnett was an active participant in Santa Clara County politics. Ms. Mitchell began this fund to honor her parents and appropriately, the fund is restricted to full-time law students who are single parents.


Nancy and Ted Biagini Endowed Law Scholarship
For students studying the law are in need and in good academic standing.


Anthony J. Chargin Family Endowed Scholarship
Student must demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.


The Chargin Prize
Established in 1969, by their son, Victor, the Chargin Prize is given annually in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chargin. This prize is given to the full-time student holding the highest GPA for three years of law school.


B.T. Collins “Captain Hook” Scholarship
“You must know of my love and affection for everything that embodies generosity and selflessness, and that is Santa Clara University…..I started off at 29 years of age to remake my life at Santa Clara University.”
Brien Thomas (B.T.) Collins
Santa Clara University, B.A. 1970, J.D. 1973

B.T. Collins came to Santa Clara as a student after losing a leg and arm as a U.S. Army captain in Vietnam. His optimism and energy transformed many of his classmates. His good humor and generosity endeared him, and his loyalty and strength of character propelled him. He served as Director of the California Conservation Corps and Chief of Staff for Governor Jerry Brown. He also served as Deputy Finance Director, Director of the California Youth Authority, and as an elected member of the California State Assembly. He regarded public service as a privilege, and frequently urged others to “give back.” His sudden death in 1993 left some challenges unmet, but also left the most important ingredients needed to meet them: inspiration and integrity.

The B.T. Collins “Captain Hook” Scholarship provides financial aid to continuing students who are dedicated to pursuing public service careers, and have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.


Virginia Worth Daly Endowed Scholarship
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Dean’s Fellowships
The Dean’s Fellowships are awarded to a select group of exceptional scholars during the admission process. Dean’s Fellows receive special recognition in addition to grants up to full tuition. To be considered for a fellowship, applicants must have their admissions files complete by March 1. Finalists for these awards will be determined through an on-campus interview process.


Dunlap/McAuvic Endowed Scholarship Fund
To provide financial assistance to an incoming student. Recipients should have demonstrated interest in the career in the areas of intellectual property or technology law and should demonstrate good academic standing and financial need. Preference shall be given to law students from gender, racial or ethnic groups that are under-represented in the legal profession.


Michael di Leonardo Memorial Scholarship
Michael di Leonardo graduated from the School of Law in 1950 after attending San Jose State and serving with distinction in World War II in the Philippines, rising to the rank of captain. After law school Michael served as law clerk to the late Justice Maurice T. Dooling of the California Court of Appeal and later entered private practice. Within a few years the firm of di Leonardo, Blake, Kelly, Aguilar & Leal became a leading Sunnyvale law firm. Michael was also a founding member of the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County.

Throughout his career, Michael devoted a great deal of time and effort to the local and state bar. He was noted for his wit and sensitivity to the needs of practicing lawyers. He was also a voice for the disadvantaged members of the legal profession and was in the forefront of bringing women lawyers into the mainstream of the profession.

The Michael di Leonardo Memorial Scholarship is available to students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.


Emery Scholarships
These scholarships, provided by the Law School, were originally contributed in 1956 by the Jesuit Fathers of the University in honor of James A. Emery S. J. The number of scholarships varies from year to year.

The Emery Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and professional promise. Awards to upper-division students are determined by law school performance. The number and dollar amount of these awards also varies. Most range from $1,000 to several thousand dollars per year. Generally, these scholarships are continued year to year if the student maintains a superior level of performance in law studies.


Edward M. Fellows Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate or graduate accepted students with need and academic excellence.


Russell W. Galloway, Jr. Fund for Minority Scholarships
With a law degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, Russell Galloway joined Santa Clara’s law faculty in 1977. His untimely death in 1992 cut short a meteoric career as a prolific constitutional scholar and an inspirational classroom teacher. His greatest priority, however, was to press for greater diversity in the law school, and to provide minority students with all the encouragement needed to achieve success.

The Russell W. Galloway, Jr. Fund for Minority Scholarships provides scholarships to promising entering law students who enhance the diversity of the Law School’s enrollment.


Frederick Gonzalez and Leota Van DeVeere Gonzalez Scholarship Fund
To provide financial assistance to students of Santa ClaraLaw enrolled in part-time option. Recipients should demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.


Edwin and Florence Heafey Endowed Scholarship
It is a great honor for the Law School to award the Edwin and Florence Heafey scholarship. The Heafey family has been committed to the University and the Law School for many years. Their commitment has been influential toward creating the current educational environment of Santa Clara. Established in 1976 The Edwin and Florence Heafey scholarship is designated for students of “limited means.”


Frank Hennessey Scholarship
The Frank Hennessey Scholarship was established in memory of Frank Hennessey, a student at Santa Clara in 1893. The Hennessey family has continued to be active with the University and can claim many Santa Clara graduates as their own. This scholarship is available to students demonstrating academic excellence and financial need.


Beatrice M. Hessen Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1990 by Robert A. Hessen in memory of his wife, a 1984 graduate of the Law School, the Beatrice M. Hessen Memorial Scholarship continues to provide financial resources to Santa Clara law students. This scholarship is available to students demonstrating academic excellence and financial need.


Daniel and Carole Kelly Endowed Scholarship Fund
Available to students who demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.


Joan Lamb Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Joan Lamb Memorial Endowed Scholarship is named in memory of Joan Lamb (Class of 1973). Joan touched many of her classmates with her integrity, commitment and intelligence. This scholarship is available to students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.


Law Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
The Law Alumni Association is led by the Law Alumni Board whose mission is to “To create a sustaining relationship by and for the Santa Clara University Law School through mutually enriching activities for the benefit of the community.”

Part of this commitment to “benefit the community” includes a scholarship program. Scholarships are given to either second, third and fourth year law students who demonstrate:

  • Commitment to Santa Clara Law
  • Participation in community activities
  • Involvement in SCU student activities
  • Financial need.

Law Faculty Scholarships
Awarded to ethnic minority students and students with special needs on the basis of financial need and professional promise. The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year. Scholarship amounts seldom exceed half-tuition. These scholarships are generally renewable.


Albert J. Lee and Mae Lee Memorial Scholarship
Given to young men and women of better-than-average scholastic ability who are in need of financial assistance in order to pursue the study of Law.


William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation Law Scholarship Fund
For students who demonstrate outstanding academic promise. A preference will be given to applicants from Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.


Irene and Roe A. Maier Scholarship
The Maiers became friends of Santa Clara University through enjoying its dramatic and musical events. Irene’s niece, a Dominican nun, wrote that Irene “so loved the University and all the richness it brought into her life and that of her dear husband Roe.”

The niece added that she was “so pleased that [Irene’s and Roe’s] memory will continue to live in a place that was so special to them both.”

The Irene and Roe Maier Scholarship is available to students demonstrating academic excellence and financial need.


Bernice and Saul Manaster Scholarship Fund
The Bernice and Saul Manaster Scholarship Fund was made possible through the efforts of Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Ken Manaster and the Manaster family. Established in 1995, this scholarship is a book award providing funds for qualified students for text book purchases.

The Bernice and Saul Manaster Scholarship Fund is available for students demonstrating academic excellence and financial need.

For more information contact the Registrar’s office (408) 554-4351.


Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship
This scholarship was re-established in 2001 by a group of law alumni, current law students and law faculty, representing the diverse ethnic social groups that Justice Marshall worked diligently to protect throughout his career as a lawyer and a jurist. The scholarship is awarded to an entering law student who has demonstrated commitment to equality, inclusion and social justice. In order to qualify for the scholarship, a student must:

  • be an entering, first-year law student
  • have a demonstrated academic interest in equality, inclusion and social justice
  • have a record of community service, with a commitment to eliminating racial, social, and economic disadvantage in under-served communities
  • intend to pursue a legal career that advances equality and social justice

Military Endowed Scholarship
To provide educational scholarships to students of the School of Law whose parents are serving or have served in the military (incoming or current student). Should there be more than one student who meets this criteria in a given year, the distribution of the scholarship should favor the student who is in the greatest financial need. Should no student meet this criteria in a given year, the scholarship should be distributed to a single parent.


Paul Nettesheim Endowed Scholarship Fund
Recipients should demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.


Mabel T. Owens Endowed Law Scholarship
Recipients should demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.


Stephen and Louise Pahl Endowed Scholarship Fund
Recipients should demonstrate good academic standing and financial need. To be used for support of individuals from this geographic area who intend to remain practicing in the Santa Clara Valley.


Justice Edward A. Panelli Endowed Law Scholarship
To be used for students demonstrating financial need and in good academic standing.


Connie & Tony Ridder Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Preference will be given to a Law School student with the greatest financial need. Recipients should demonstrate good academic standing.


Rosati Family endowed Scholarship Fund
Scholarship shall provide partial or full tuition to at least one student who at the time of the grant of such scholarship is a single parent.


Mike and Phyllis Shea Endowed Law Scholarship Fund
To provide financial assistance to students of SCU, School of Law who are married with children. Recipients should demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.


Ann Hannon Smith Law Scholarship
The Ann Hannon Smith Law Scholarship was established in 1979 by the Honorable Jerome A. Smith (’65) in memory of his mother. At Judge Smith’s request the scholarship is designated for law students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.


Erma E. Southern Prize
This prize was established in 1979 by Erma E. Southern, the longtime secretary to the dean of the School of Law. The prize is awarded each year to the student with the highest grade point average for four years of law school (part-time).


Stinnett Family Scholarship Fund
Recipients should demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.


George A. Strong Memorial Scholarship
A native of Oklahoma, George A. Strong attended Santa Clara Law School while teaching economics to Santa Clara undergraduates. He joined the law faculty immediately after receiving his Juris Doctor in 1955, and was appointed Assistant Dean in 1960 and Associate Dean in 1970. Throughout his 38 year career in law teaching, Dean Strong proved that demanding a high standard of academic achievement was not inconsistent with the friendly encouragement and support of his students.

The George A. Strong Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to second and third year students who have excelled in law studies at Santa Clara. Each year, our top ranked students are attractive prospects for transfers to state-supported law schools. The George A. Strong Scholarships will help ensure that financial need is not a factor that motivates a promising student to leave Santa Clara.


Edwin H. Taylor Intellectual Property and High Tech Law Scholarship
The Ed Taylor Scholarship was established in 2012 by the law firm of Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman LLP to honor their partner, Ed Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Dean’s High Tech Advisory Council, taught patent law courses for many years, and hosted many events for students at the law firm offices. He was a great friend of Santa Clara Law and its students.

The scholarship provides financial assistance to law students who have a strong interest in intellectual property law practice and have undergraduate or graduate degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics or related fields. The endowed scholarship fund will support up to three students a year, one in each year of study at the law school. 


Walter V. Walsh Scholarship Fund
One of the Law School’s oldest scholarship funds, this perpetual scholarship was provided by a bequest in 1957 from Mr. Walter V. Walsh of San Francisco. The scholarship is for the benefit of students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.


Richard and Diane Watters Endowed Law Scholarship Fund
Recipients should be in the bottom half of their class and have financial need.


Women and Law Scholarship
Santa Clara Law consistently ranks near the top in the nation as a school that supports and encourages women in the legal profession. In 1988, the Women and Law student organization established the Women and Law Scholarship to support this goal. This scholarship is available to students who participate in community service that is supportive of women’s issues and scholarship and/or research in these areas. For more information contact the Women and Law Association (408) 554-4116.