Scholarship Information
provided by the Office of Admissions
1998-99 Academic Year

Posted: November 23, 1998

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Reevaluation of Chicago-Kent Scholarship Award Distribution -- Student Input Requested
Dear Chicago-Kent Students, 

In response to concerns expressed regarding the allocation of scholarships at Chicago-Kent, the College of Law will reevaluate all of its policies regarding the awarding of merit-based scholarships, financial need-based scholarships and student activity awards.  It is likely that this reassessment will result in fundamental changes for the 1999-2000 academic year.  There may be significant changes in the terms and/or amounts of awards.  Some categories of aid may increase significantly and some may decrease significantly.  These changes will not affect the terms of current renewable scholarships. 

As we begin the reevaluation process, we invite your input regarding the distribution of merit scholarships, financial need scholarships and student activity scholarships (Law Review editors, Moot Court Honor Society board, SBA president, etc.).  Please send your comments by e-mail to  All suggestions should be received by December 23, 1998.  I will present all comments and suggestions to the appropriate committee for their consideration. 

Michael S. Burns 
Assistant Dean for Admissions 

1998-99 Outside Scholarships 
Throughout the academic 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 by the date on which they were posted. 

Another good source of information about outside scholarship awards is fastWEB on the internet.  This site maintains a searchable database of over 400,000 scholarship awards for which you may apply.  You can visit the fastWEB site at
Date Posted Application Deadline Award Information
March 1, 1999 Jewish Vocational Service, Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund 
The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Chicago will award scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 from the Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund for the 1999-2000 academic year.  Eligible applicants must be Jewish, be enrolled as a full-time (day) student, be domiciled in the Chicago metropolitan community, establish financial need, and demonstrate career promise.  Students who meet these criteria should contact the Scholarship Secretary, Jewish Vocational Service, between December 1, 1998, and February 15, 1999, at (312) 357-4500 to request an application.  Informational brochures are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.
The application deadlines for the following scholarship awards have already passed.  This information is provided to assist you in determining the time of year that various awards are typically offered.  Awards are listed in chronological order by their application deadline.
Date Posted 1998-99 Deadline Award Information
8/20/98  October 15, 1998 Just the Beginning Foundation 
Scholarships are available for full- and part-time students currently enrolled in an Illinois law school who are in need of financial assistance.  Scholarship awards must be used during the 1998-99 academic year.  To be considered, applicants must submit a completed scholarship application, a resume, a law school transcript, two letters of recommendation, a letter of good standing, and a three page essay.  The scholarship application and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. 
11/12/98  October 15, 1998 NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships 
The NAPABA Law Foundation, an organization of over thirty local Asian Pacific American bar associations, will award scholarships this fall on a nationwide basis to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at least half time, and must submit a completed and signed NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship Application form and 500 word essay.  Applicants must also submit an official law school transcript, a resume and two letters of recommendation.  Applicants who wish to demonstrate financial need may also submit a copy of their financial aid application. NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.
11/12/98 October 16, 1998 Hellenic Bar Association Scholarships 
The Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (HBA), an organization of Illinois attorneys of Hellenic descent, will award scholarships to second- and third-year law students of Hellenic descent based upon academic performance and demonstrable financial need.  This year, HBA will award at least three scholarships of $2,500 each.  Applicants must submit the HBA Scholarship Application, official law school transcripts and proof of financial need.  Applicants will be required to complete an interview during the week of October 26, 1998.  Scholarship recipients must attend the awards ceremony on November 7, 1998 to receive their award.  Applications for HBA Scholarships are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.
9/4/98  Deadline extended to October 30, 1998 Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois 
The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois (HLSF) provides financial assistance to first-year Latino and Latina law students through its scholarship program.  The awarding of scholarships will be based on the recipient's application and a personal interview with the HLSF selection committee.  The criteria evaluated by the selection committee includes, but is not limited to the applicant's academic record, financial need, writing ability, personal recommendations and career goals.  A factor in the Committee's consideration is the applicant's connection to the State of Illinois.  The scholarship(s) to be awarded will be a minimum of $1,000.  The scholarship application and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. 
9/21/98  November 1, 1998 Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation 
The Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation will award three scholarships for the Spring semester, 1999.  Third year law students will be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship; second year students for a $1,500 scholarship; and first year students for a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be residents of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, regardless of the law school attended. Interested candidates must submit the application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a one page statement.  Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.
10/19/98  November 2, 1998 South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship 
The South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship Committee will award a $1,500 scholarship to a deserving law student of an accredited local law school.  Applicants must be a resident of the South Suburbs of Cook County and must have a present interest to practice law in the South Suburbs upon graduation.  Financial need will be considered by the Scholarship Committee and applicants must document their financial need when requested to do so by the Committee.  Each student interested in being considered for the Scholarship Award must submit a brief resume for review by the South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship Committee.  The Committee may conduct interviews of applicants or, alternatively, may in its discretion, recommend a candidate to the Board of the South Suburban Bar Association based upon a review of the resumes submitted.  In order to receive the Scholarship Award, the student must attend the South Suburban Bar Association's Installation Dinner Dance in December 1998.  Additional information about this scholarship is available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. Applicants should forward a letter of application, resume and financial information directly to Dennis G. Gianopolus, Attorney at Law, 717 Burnham Avenue, Calumet City, Illinois 60409.


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