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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! Honorable George W. Unverzagt Scholarship
Application Deadline: July 1, 2002

A $5,000 scholarship in the name of the late Honorable George W. Unverzagt will be awarded to a first-year law school student for the academic year 2002-2003. The student must be a resident of DuPage County, possess good moral character, and support the principles of professionalism, compassion and humor exhibited by the late Justice Unverzagt.

Students may apply for the scholarship by submitting a completed scholarship application, along with evidence of residency and enrollment in an accredited law school. The scholarship application is available online or in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

Completed scholarship applications should be returned to:

DuPage Bar Foundation
c/o The Honorable George W. Unverzagt Scholarship
126 South County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

NEW! Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship
Application Deadline: June 7, 2002

The firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal of Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama and the Alabama Law Foundation, Inc. will award a scholarship in memory of the firm's founding partners, Edward Harmon Cabaniss and Forney Johnston. This scholarship is awarded annually to a law student who is a resident of Alabama, is attending an accredited law school in the United States and will be a second year student.  The scholarship will cover tuition and books for the second year of law school to a maximum of $5,000.  A second place scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded at the committee's discretion.  While academic achievement is the key factor in determining eligibility for the scholarship, consideration will be given to other factors such as conscientiousness, dependability, civic involvement, financial need and dedication to the highest ethical standards.  Applications may be downloaded from and are also available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

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.

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.

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

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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