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
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 http://www.fastweb.com.
|March 30, 1999
||Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Father Joseph P.
Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund
The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) will award
five $1,000 scholarships from the Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship
Fund. The scholarship fundís purpose is to support PRLDEF in its efforts
to ensure that talented Latino law students have the resources needed to
pursue a career in public interest law. All Latino students attending
law school in the United States are eligible to apply for this
scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled in a J.D. program;
LL.M. students are not eligible for these awards. Applicants must
demonstrate academic promise, involvement in the Latino community and financial
need. Scholarship recipients will be announced in June 1999.
Applications and additional information are available in the Office of
Admissions, Suite 230.
|January 29, 1999
||Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Awards
The Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) will award scholarships of
$1,000 to Latino law students attending law school in the United States.
Applicants must be enrolled in a J.D. program; LL.M. students are
not eligible for these awards. Recipients will be selected based
on financial need and academic promise. Scholarship recipients will
be contacted by PRBA directly. Applicants should complete the Puerto
Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) Scholarship Application
available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. (Please note that
this is the same application used for the Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick
Scholarship listed above.)
|February 26, 1999
||Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, William A. McClain Scholarship
The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC), in conjunction
with the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, will award a scholarship (estimated
at $1,000) to an African-American Cincinnatian, enrolled in an accredited
law school, who has demonstrated leadership skills, a commitment to the
Cincinnati community and has financial need. All students are encouraged
to apply regardless of their year in law school. Applications and
additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite
||March 1, 1999
||Illinois Judicial Council Scholarships
The Illinois Judicial Council will award scholarships in the amount
of $500 to minority law students. To be eligible for consideration,
applicants must be enrolled full-time and rank in the upper half of their
law school class or, if the student is entering first year of law school,
must have ranked in the upper half of their most recently completed undergraduate
class. All applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript,
a current family financial statement, the Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship
Application, two letters of ecommendation, a personal statement, and be
available to meet with the Illinois Judicial Council scholarship committee.
Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.
|March 1, 1999
||Jewish Vocational Service, Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship
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.
||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
||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
||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,
||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.
||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,
||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.