SANTA CLARA LAW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Office of Financial Aid offers the opportunity to apply for the following scholarships during the academic year, typically from October to January. Click on the links below to learnmore about each award criteria and application timeframe.

For information on the scholarship application process contact Law Admissions and Financial Aid at lawfinancialaid@scu.edu or (408) 554-5048

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.


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


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.


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

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 a 2L, 3L, or 4L J.D. candidate in good academic standing
  • have a record of community service, with a demonstrated commitment to eliminating racial, gender, sexual orientation, economical, and/or other social discrimination
  • intent to pursue a career that advances equality and social justice