Scholarship Information
provided by the Office of Admissions
2001-2002 Academic Year

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Chicago-Kent Scholarship Opportunities — Deadline: Monday, October 8!

The following Chicago-Kent scholarships are currently available through the Office of Admissions.  Application instructions for each award are listed below. Applications are due in the Office of Admissions no later than Monday, October 8, 2001.

Application Process:

You must submit a separate application for each scholarship for which you are applying. Letters of application should be addressed to Nicole Speck, Director of Admissions, and returned to the Office of Admissions on the 2nd floor in Suite 230. Questions about the available awards should be addressed to Nicole Speck, Director of Admissions.

Asian Law Student Scholarship
The Asian Law Student Scholarship was established by alumnae/i and friends of Chicago-Kent, including the Chinese Bar Association, to provide financial assistance to students of Asian descent.  Students, alumnae/i and friends celebrated the inception of this scholarship fund at a Chinese New Year reception in February 1997.  In awarding the scholarship, the scholarship committee will give preference to students planning to serve the Asian community.  Interested applicants should submit an essay describing their commitment to serving the needs of the Asian American community, a statement describing their financial situation and how the scholarship would help to alleviate their need, and a letter of recommendation by a person who can be contacted by the Chinese American Bar Association.  Applicants must be in good standing and must demonstrate commitment to serving the needs of the Asian American community, a commitment to and interest in pro bono and/or public interest legal work, financial need and leadership potential.  The recipient will be selected by the Chinese American Bar Association.  The scholarship amount is $1,000.

Marvin Gates Memorial Fund
The Marvin Gates Memorial Fund provides funds for books and supplies for a financially needy third-year student.  Preference is given to students of Jewish faith and to students with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to social justice.  The fund was established by Paula Gates, 96, in honor of her father, Marvin Gates.  Mr. Gates was a professional engineer who valued education and who understood the needs of his community and those of the third world countries where he spent time during his career. To apply for the award, you must submit a letter describing the reasons that you feel you qualify for the scholarship, a description of your financial situation, as well as any other factors that you wish the Scholarship Committee to consider.  The scholarship amount is $250.

Illinois Bar Foundation Scholarship
The Illinois Bar Foundation provides an annual scholarship award to a deserving second- or third-year student who is in need of financial assistance to complete his or her legal education. All applicants for the award MUST be student members of the Illinois State Bar Association. Applicants for this award must submit their resume and a letter of application describing their financial situation and other qualifications for the award. Applicants must also verify that they are student members of the ISBA or have an ISBA application in progress at the time of the award. The scholarship amount is $2,000.

Frances J. Larkowski Scholarship
The Frances J. Larkowski Scholarship was established in 1999 with a contribution from the Rosenstiel Foundation. Additional funds were raised by the Chicago-Kent Polish American Law Student Association. This scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need, demonstrated leadership abilities and an interest in supporting the Polish American community. Applicants for this scholarship should submit a letter of application describing their work in support of the Polish American community and how this scholarship would help to alleviate their financial need. The scholarship amount is $1,000.

The Honorable Dean J. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 1991 by the Class of 1967, family, faculty, colleagues and friends in memory of Dean Sodaro, '53, to provide assistance based on need. Applicants for this award should submit a letter of application describing their financial situation and explaining how this scholarship would help to alleviate their financial need. The scholarship amount is $1,000.

Important Information for 2001-2002 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2001-2002 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.

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 by the date on which they were posted.  For a complete list of the scholarships that were posted in the Record last year, click here.

You may also find information on other outside scholarship awards on the Internet. Both FastWeb and SuperCollege offer free searchable databases with more than 400,000 scholarship awards for which you may apply.  You can visit FastWeb at and SuperCollege at

Date Posted Application Deadline Award Information
October 15, 2001 DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Foundation, Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship
To honor the memory, vision and leadership of Judge Helen C. Kinney, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers has established a not-for-profit foundation to award the Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship. All second and third-year women law students who are present or past residents of DuPage County and who are enrolled in an accredited law school in Illinois are eligible for this scholarship. The Foundation anticipates awarding two $1,000 scholarships to deserving women law students. Applications 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 2001-2002 Deadline Award Information


September 14, 2001 Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarships
The Justinian Society of Lawyers of Cook County awards scholarships annually to Italian-American law students who demonstrate financial need, Italian ancestry and academic achievement. Students interested in applying for scholarships must complete the scholarship application, and submit a law school transcript, financial information and 500-word essay. Applications are available on the Justinian Society Web site at, or in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


September 15, 2001 NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships
The NAPABA Law Foundation, created by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 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.  Applicants must also submit an official law school transcript (or for first-year students, a statement from their law school certifying that they are law degree candidates enrolled at least half-time), 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 and additional information are available on the Foundation's Web site at The Foundation also has several fellowships, in amounts up to $5,000, available for students who will be working in public interest or community service organizations benefitting Asian Pacific American communities. The deadline for fellowship applications is March 31, 2000. Fellowship applications and additional information are available on the Foundation's website at


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