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External Scholarships

Throughout the year, the Office of Admissions receives notices of scholarships that are offered through external organizations. Information about the scholarship awards that are currently available is listed below.  Award notices are listed in the order in which they were received.

You may also find information on other outside scholarship awards on the Internet. The following sites are useful for finding scholarship and financial aid information:

 

 

Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 25, 2014

The Illinois Judicial Council (IJC) Foundation announces its 2014 Law School Scholarships. The IJC, founded in 1983, is an organization comprised primarily, but not exclusively, of African-American State and Federal judges, administrative judges and hearing officers. It has dedicated itself to bridging the gap between the judiciary and the community through educational dialogues regarding the legal system. Since 1999, the IJC Foundation has funded numerous scholarships, totaling in excess of $100,000 to minority and other deserving law school students throughout Illinois and beyond. To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria: be enrolled full-time in an accredited Illinois law school, submit an official transcript, submit a financial statement, submit a completed scholarship application, submit two letters of recommendation, submit a personal statement and resume, and submit to a personal interview by the scholarship committee. Click here for the 2014 application form. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically to ijc.scholarship@gmail.com by Friday, April 25, 2014.

 

NEW! Women's Bar Association of Illinois Student Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (“WBAI”) is pleased to announce two student scholarship opportunities to be presented at this year’s Centennial Celebration Gala on Friday, June 6, 2014.  Applications are due by April 15, 2014. Please see the WBAI Application which provides further detail. 

 

NEW! Minority Students Guide to College Affordability

Application Deadline: no deadline

The Accredited Schools Online organization recently published a free guidebook resource dedicated to helping minority students navigate the often-challenging issues of financial aid, scholarships, and college affordability.  The guidebook titled "Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid for Minority Students", includes expert advice and resources in key cost-related areas, including but not limited to:

      - An extensive and organized list of minority scholarship opportunities
      - Scholarships and grants for several minority categories including African-Americans, Women, LGBT and more
      - Financial aid resources
      - Information about often overlooked fellowships and grants
     - Additional helpful resources

You can view the new guide at:

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/

 

NEW! Cliffside Malibu Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

The Cliffside Malibu Foundation is offering several scholarships for a wide range of entries (research, programming, design, or video submissions all welcome). Here is the link to check it out: http://student-scholarships.cliffsidemalibu.com/.

 

NEW! The DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Judge Helen Kinney Award

Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

The Board of Directors for the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and the Chair of the Scholarship Committee announce their annual Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship. The scholarship is open to all first, second and third year women law students with a connection to DuPage County. To apply, interested students must submit the DAWL 2014 Application by April 15, 2014.

 

NEW! The American Association for Justice Scholarship Programs

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) Fund announces its 2014 Scholarship Programs. AAJ offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for currently enrolled law students. For details about AAJ scholarship opportunities, please visit their website at http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1737.htm.

 

NEW! Kane County Bar Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

Through the generosity of Kane County Bar Association members, the Foundation has been able to award at least two scholarships of $1,500 each year. Qualified applicants are Kane County residents (or whose parents reside in Kane County) who are currently attending law school. For additional information and to apply, visit the organization's website at http://www.kanecountybar.org/scholarship-information.

 

NEW! Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship

Application Deadline: September 1, 2014

The Law Offices of Jason Waechter is offering $1,000 scholarships to medical and law students. To apply, students must submit a 150 word essay and application. No GPA requirements. Open to all students. Application and details at: www.birthlaw.com

 

Boone County Bar Association 2014 Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

The Boone County Bar Association awards a $1,000 scholarship each school year to a student that is accepted or currently attending an American Bar Association accredited law school. The applicant must either be a current Boone County resident or a resident of Boone County at the time of his or her high school graduation. The application deadline is March 15, 2014. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

 

Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

The Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago (BLAC) has several scholarships each in the amount of $2,000 available to students attending law school in the greater Chicagoland area. These scholarships are open to students of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2014. All students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application form, resume, transcript, and essay (limit 500 words). Applications are online at www.bohemianlawyers.org.

 

Central Illinois Women's Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 24, 2014

The Central Illinois Women's Bar Association is currently accpeting applications for its $2,000 non-renewable scholarship to be awarded in 2014. The scholarship is jointly funded by the Central Illinois Women's Bar Association and the Sangamon County Bar Association. It is open to female college students or college graduates intending to go to law school and women currently attending an accredited law school. In addition, each applicant must have been a resident of one of the following central Illinois counties at the time she graduated from high school: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Greene, Jersey, Livingston, Logan, Macon, McClean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Vermilion, or Woodford. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

 

Essex County Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 9 , 2014

The Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Honorable Vincent J. Biunno Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the continuation of the Biunno Scholarship Program for the 2014-2015 school year. The scholarships are designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school. For purposes of this scholarship, a disability is limited to a permanent physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual having such an impairment. Persons wishing to apply for the scholarship should know that apart from the requirement that they demonstrate a permanent disability consistent with the criterion outlined above, a variety of other factors, including financial need, law school achievement and commitment to the practice of law will enter into the decision making process. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

 

DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 16, 2014

The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers will once again award a scholarship to students of Italian extraction who have completed at least one semester of law school and are currently enrolled in law school. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. The committee must receive applications and letters of recommendation from law school faculty no later than May 16, 2014 for full consideration. For additional information, please see the 2014 Application.

 

The Brett Murphy Law Firm - Future Leaders Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 15, 2014

The Brett Murphy Law Firm is offering an annual $2000 scholarship, called The Future Leaders Scholarship 2014, for law students who are working towards a Juris Doctorate Degree and who have an interest in personal injury law.

Scholarship applicants should go to http://www.washingtoninjury.com/library/future-leaders-scholarship to learn more about this scholarship and its requirements, and to access the scholarship application form. Brett Murphy will be accepting applications until July 15, 2014, and will notify the recipient on or about August 15, 2014.

 

ItaliaRail Study Abroad in Italy Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: May 31, 2014

ItaliaRail strongly believes that world experience is a vital component to a complete education. We are continuing to encourage students studying abroad in Italy to apply for this prestigious award. Once again, two recipients will be chosen and each will receive $1,000 to be used for expenses related to their academic experience in Italy.

Additional information about the scholarship program can be found at http://www.italiarail.com/scholarship.

 

POLISH-AMERICAN ADVOCATES SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LAW STUDENTS

Application Deadline: June 15, 2014

The Polish-Amerian Advocates Scholarship Foundation has scholarship opportunities available. For details please see the attached announcement and application.

 

The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Mike Eidson Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women’ Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, 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.

The application deadline is May 1, 2014 and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in Baltimore. For additional information, please see the AAJ Scholarship Application.

 

The Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C. Academic Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 1, 2014

The law firm of Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C. (a Colorado based law firm) has created a scholarship for students that are considering making law enforcement their career choice, or that have a family member that is or was a law enforcement official one point. The scholarship is designed to help these students further their undergraduate and graduate education.

The law firm is offering a $1000 scholarship to the winner of an essay submission contest and further details regarding the Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C. Academic Scholarship can be found at - http://www.elkusandsisson.com/scholarship/.

 

The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: June 20 , 2014

The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Interested applicants must submit an online application and supply their Student Aid Report or FAFSA documentation. The Walker Scholarship Fund was established to provide assistance to law students in Illinois, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. Any student enrolled at Chicago-Kent College of Law for all or part of the 2014-2015 academic year is eligible and welcome to apply on the Walker website: www.walkerscholarship.org.

While scholarships are open to any current or incoming student, preference is given to sons and daughters of members of Masonic Lodge 1098 in Lombard, Illinois, and to former residents of the Masonic Children's Home in La Grange, Illinois. Relatives of members of other Masonic Lodges in Illinois and elsewhere will also receive strong consideration. The deadline to apply is June 20, 2014.

 

Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Timothy Evans Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 28, 2014

The Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the "Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship". The scholarship was established to honor the commitment and dedication that Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans has devoted to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) and the community of Cook County.

The scholarship is offered to currently enrolled law school students who reside in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (this includes Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy & LaSalle counties).

Applications are available online at www.nwsba.org. Completed applications must be received by Friday, March 28, and fax submissions will not be accepted. Applications may be sent to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation, 800 East Northwest Highway, Suite 502, Palatine, IL 60074. For more information, contact NWSBA Executive Director Julie Barth at jbarth@nwsba.org or 847-221-2601.

 

DRI 2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship proprogram open to rising (2014–15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships.

To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration who have completed one third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:


• Demonstrated academic excellence
• Service to the profession
• Service to the community
• Service to the cause of diversity

The application is available on the DRI homepage at www.dri.org.

 

The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

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, served as a young attorney in the Public Defender’s Office.

The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Award 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.

Interested students should visit the organization's web site, www.bccf.org for an online application for the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship. Complete applications must be submitted to Berks County Community Foundation by April 1, 2014.

 

The Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. Members include circuit, appellate and federal judges, as well as practitioners in many State agencies. The association is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship of $1000. This scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding commitment and achievement in public interest law. Applicants must have a job or an internship in Illinois in the public sector now or by June 2014. The job can be paid or upaid, full or part-time. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2014 to be considered. Application guidelines are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.

 

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers two scholarship programs funded by local law firms aimed at increasing diversity in all areas of the legal profession.

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Scholarships are available to students of ethnic minority currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarships are awarded to students of racial and ethnic minority heritage pursuing a law degree. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year. The law school scholarship is not limited to schools in Michigan; however the applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan.

Applications and additional information are available online at www.grfoundation.org. Online applications must be received no later than 5pm on April 1, 2014.

 

Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship

Application deadline: March 31, 2014

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation announces its 2014 scholarship opportunity for an exceptional first-year minority law school student. The scholarship program is part of the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation’s commitment to promoting diversity amongst incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within 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. First year law students are encouraged to visit https://www.fredlaw.com/firm/scholarship.htm for more information and to apply.

 

The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 15, 2014

The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college students, and law students. The scholarship was created to help a student pursue their dream to assist others through their work in the law.

Below please find a link to the scholarship page on our website that explains all of the requirements to apply: http://www.consoleandhollawell.com/pages/legal-leaders-scholarship/

 

The Crosner Legal Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

The Crosner Legal Scholarship is to be awarded to a young and brilliant student for the 2014-2015 academic year and consists of a $1,000 award payable through the law school for the student’s behalf. The personal injury lawyers of Crosner Legal are committed to finding students who are passionate about their education. We believe that in order to become a great student, individuals should not be concerned about their financial situation. We want to do our part to alleviate some of these concerns. Crosner Legal is passionate about providing justice and maximum compensation to personal injury victims. We are looking for students who are just as passionate.

To apply for the Crosner Legal Scholarship, submit an essay to us (minimum 500 words) about the importance of education in America. We will be judging essays according to creativity and originality. To submit your essay, go to http://www.crosnerlegal.com/los-angeles-personal-injury-lawyer and click on the "Scholarship" tab in the right hand corner. We will begin accepting applications December 1st, 2013 with the deadline to apply for the scholarship being June 1st, 2014. The winner of the award will be notified July 2014 for the start of the 2014 fall semester.

 

The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: April 15, 2014

HotelsCheap is offering $1500 scholarships for students aspiring to achieve a college education. Having attended college ourselves, we appreciate the difficulty students face in financing their education, and we recognize the benefits a college degree can provide. That's why our need-based scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree. US students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for our scholarships. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply at http://www.hotelscheap.org/scholarship.

 

The Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 31, 2014

The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its first annual 2014 Diversity Scholarship for law students. The scholarship was created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society.

The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethical or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The second annual award will be awarded in 2014. All information can be found by visiting our website at www.BuckfireLaw.com and following the “Student Scholarships” link on the right hand column. Interested students are encouraged to apply.

 

CustomMade.com Scholarship Opportunities

Application deadline: varies

CustomMade.com announces two new scholarships available to students. CustomMade is a marketplace that allows you to commission custom projects from over 3,000 talented, independent makers. Following are the links to the scholarships:

Custom Furniture Scholarship
http://www.custommade.com/scholarships/consumer-advantages-of-buying-custom-furniture-scholarship/
Custom Jewelry Scholarship
http://www.custommade.com/scholarships/consumer-advantages-of-buying-custom-jewelry-scholarship/

 

NerdWallet Law Scholarships

Application deadline: varies

NerdWallet is a free search engine which allows students to search through over 10,000 scholarship and financial aid resources.  Interested students should check out their law school scholarships at http://www.nerdwallet.com/education/scholarships/scholarship-for-Law%20School#/scholarship-for-Law%20School.

 

 

 

Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2013-14 Record, click here. Although the application deadlines for these awards have already passed, this information can aid you in planning for next year by assisting you in determining the time of year that certain awards are typically offered.  You may also access a complete list of the 2012-13 scholarship notices by clicking here.

 

Important Information for 2013-14 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year, please refer to the Scholarship Policies from the current Student Handbook for important information concerning your award.  Please direct any questions about your scholarship to the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

 

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