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2001-2002 Academic Year

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:

NEW! Nordic Law Club Scholarship
Application Deadline: May 17, 2002

The Nordic Law Club will offer a scholarship of $1,000 to a Chicago-Kent student interested in international law who will be entering his/her final year of law school in 2002-03. Applicants must demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Students interested in applying for this award must submit a letter of application to Nicole Speck, Director of Admissions, describing their interest in international law, their academic achievement, their current level of financial need, and any other relevant factors. The recipient will be invited to attend one of the Nordic Law Club's events for special recognition.

The Nordic Law Club has been a professional and social organization for lawyers for over seventy years. Originally named The Horned Helmet Drinking Society, it began as a social club for lawyers of Scandinavian heritage. It has since relaxed the membership requirements to include anyone whose homeland was the site of a Viking raid, who has attended a Victor Borge concert, seen the movie "The Vikings" at least once, or who is acquainted with an individual in one of the above categories. The club holds three to four events each year, including a Scandinavian Smorgasbord dinner, a golf outing and Probate Night, which is a gala held to honor the probate judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Students interested in becoming members of the Nordic Law Club should contact Patricia Oakley at (708) 923-6760.

NEW! Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarships
Application Deadline: September 6, 2002

The Justinian Society of Lawyers of Cook County awards scholarships annually to Italian-American law students enrolled in Illinois law schools 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.

NEW! Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
Application Deadline: June 10, 2002

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago will award scholarships for the 2002-03 academic year. Eligible applicants must have a diagnosis of epilepsy (seizure disorder), demonstrate that they have overcome the obstacles inherent in this disorder to achieve academic and personal success, and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must also reside in one of the following counties of Illinois: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cook, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Ford, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Iroquois, Jersey, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, Livingston, Logan, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermilion, Will, Woodard. In 2001 - 2002, the Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to five successful applicants. The Foundation reserves the right to determine each year the number of scholarships to be awarded and the amount of the award based on the quality of the applications. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the Epilepsy Foundation by June 17, 2002.

NEW! Rotary Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadline: varies per Rotary district — check with your local Rotary Club

The Ambassadorial Scholarships program seeks to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to US$25,000 or its equivalent. Academic-Year Scholarships are the most common type of scholarship offered; nearly 1,000 were awarded for study in 2000-01.

Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either two or three years of degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of US$12,000 or its equivalent is provided per year to be applied toward the costs of a degree program. Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are offered mainly by Rotary districts in Japan and Korea; 150 were awarded for study in 2000-01.

Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements up to US$12,000 and US$19,000, respectively. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.

Additional information is available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. Individuals interested in applying for an Ambassadorial Scholarship should contact their local Rotary Club for an application and to inquire about scholarship availability. Since scholarship availability is determined by Rotarian contributions at the local level, not all Rotary clubs will offer scholarships, nor will all types of scholarships necessarily be available in a given year.  Application deadlines are set by individual clubs. Detailed information and applications are available on the Rotary Foundation website at

Knights of Dabrowski Crusade for Education Financial Aid Program
Application Deadline: May 31, 2002

Students of Polish descent in need of financial aid may apply to the Knights of Dabrowski's Crusade for Education program. A limited number of scholarships are available on the basis of documented financial need, academic performance and community involvement. To be eligible to apply, students must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a fully accredited university in the U.S. or full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled in pre-professional programs; be a U.S. citizen or documented legal alien of Polish descent; be in good academic standing with documented financial need; and be a Chicago metropolitan area resident for at least four years (proof of residency is required). To request an application, you must contact the Crusade for Education Program, Knights of Dabrowski, 5723 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646 or call (773) 792-1800.

Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. Scholarship
Application Deadline: June 25, 2002

The Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. is a philanthropic organization of American women of Polish descent interested in discovering the richness of their Polish heritage and sharing it with others. Realizing that education is the main tool for deepening an appreciation of culture and advancing a people, the Club supports educational activities and the personal efforts of Polish American students, male and female, through financial scholarships. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must (1) be a United States citizen; (2) have at least one parent of Polish heritage; (3) be a Chicago area resident enrolled as a full-time student in their second year or beyond; (4) exhibit definite financial need; and (5) have acceptable grades. Scholarship applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230, or by enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope and writing to: Polish Women's Civic Club, Attn: Therese Brzezinski, Education Committee Chairman, P.O. Box 31967, Chicago, Illinois 60631-0967.


Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that were posted in the 2001-2002 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 2000-2001 scholarship notices by clicking here.



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