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2002-2003 Academic Year

Chicago-Kent Scholarship Opportunities

Deadline: Friday, November 8, 2002

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 Friday, November 8, 2002.

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.

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 Rubenstein Scholarship Fund
The Rubenstein Scholarship Fund was established by Jeffrey and Susan Rubenstein, two friends of the law school. Mr. Rubenstein is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent and a partner at the firm of Much Shelist Freed Denenberg & Ament. The recipient of this fund is selected based on financial need with preference given to students who are financing their law school education by working in non-professional positions or part-time jobs in the hospitality or service industries. Applicants should submit a letter of application describing their qualificactions for the award and how it would help to alleviate their financial need. The scholarship amount is $2,600.

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.

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! DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Foundation, Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship
Application Deadline: October 30, 2002

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.


NEW! Hellenic Bar Association Scholarships
Application Deadline: October 22, 2002

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.  Applications for HBA Scholarships are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

 


NEW! Michael J. Baker Scholarship Fund of the Northeast Johnson County NAACP
Application Deadline: November 30, 2002

The Michael J. Baker Scholarship Fund will award a $1,000 scholarship each February to an African-American post-secondary student who can demonstrate need and academic promise. The recipient will be honored at the NAACP's Martin Luther King Day Program in February. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


NEW! Kankakee County Society of Women in Law Book Scholarship
Application Deadline: October 15, 2002

The Society of Women in Law (SWIL) Scholarship Committee will annually award scholarships to deserving women law students of an accredited Illinois law school. This year, two $500 scholarships are available to help defray the cost of books. To qualify, applicants must be a resident of Illinois and any county other than Cook. The Scholarship Committee will consider financial need, and applicants must document their financial need when requested to do so. Additional information is available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award
Application Deadline: January 31, 2003

The Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) provides scholarships of $2,000 to Latino students attending law school in the U.S. PRBA selects recipients based on financial need and academic promise. All applicants must be a first or second year student (third year evening students are also eligible) in a J.D. degree program at an ABA approved law school. Students working toward their LL.M. are not eligible for this award. Applications and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, 2nd Floor.


Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund - Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 28, 2003

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) was founded in 1972 to struggle for social change and secure justice and equality for Latinos. In 1995, PRLDEF established the Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund 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. The scholarship fund provides four awards of $1,500 to Latino students who demonstrate academic promise, involvement in the Latino community and financial need. Latino students attending law school in the U.S. are eligible to apply. All applicants must be a first or second year student (third year evening students are also eligible) in a J.D. degree program at an ABA approved law school. Students working toward their LL.M. are not eligible for this award. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as well as a commitment to the Latino community. Applications and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, 2nd Floor.


South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship
Application Deadline: November 12, 2002

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 Scholarship Committee. Students 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 2002.  Additional information about this scholarship is available in the Office of Admissions, 2nd Floor. Applicants should forward a letter of application, resume and financial information directly to Dennis G. Gianopolus, Attorney at Law, 18511 Torrence Avenue, Lansing, Illinois 60438.

Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that were posted in the 2002-2003 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 2001-2002 scholarship notices by clicking here.

Important Information for 2002-03 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2002-2003 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.

 

 

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