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2002-2003 Academic Year

Law School Association Board of Directors Scholarship

Deadline Extended!

Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2003

The Law School Association Board of Directors endowed scholarship fund was established by the Board in 1998 to provide scholarship assistance to law students demonstrating academic merit and financial need. Scholarships are currently available for the Spring 2003 semester, and the Board plans to award approximately 3 scholarships of $1,000 each. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. Completed applications must be received in the Office of Admissions no later than Friday, January 31, 2003. Questions about the scholarship application should be directed to Nicole Speck, Director of Admissions.

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! Sidney B. William Jr. Minority Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: February 28, 2003

The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) will award $10,000 scholarships and internships for minority law school students pursuing careers in Intellectual Property Law. The selection criteria include a demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law; academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate and law school levels; financial need; and general factors such as leadership skills, community activities or special accomplishments. Applicants must be members of an underrepresented minority group; be currently enrolled in or accepted to an ABA accredited law school; be U.S. citizens; and demonstrate an intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230, or online at www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org (on the "Student Resources" page, click on "Scholarship Opportunities.)


NEW! Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc.
Application Deadline: June 28, 2003

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 by enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope and writing to: Polish Women's Civic Club, Attn: Eunice Warda, Education Committee Chairman, P.O. Box 684, Lake Villa, Illinois 60046.


NEW! Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2003

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA) is offering scholarships to second- and third-year black women law students in the extended Chicago area. Applicants must submit a completed BWLA scholarship application, resume, law school transcripts, letter of good standing, two letters of recommendation and an essay. Applications and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


NEW! Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarship for Minority Law Students
Application Deadline: April 15, 2003

The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has established a fund to provide encouragement and financial assistance to students of racial and ethnic minority heritage pursuing a career in law. One $5,000 scholarship for the 2003-04 academic year will be awarded to a minority student accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the United States. Applicants must be former or current residents of Michigan or attend a Michigan law school. All applicants must also have a GPA of 2.5 or above at their college or law school, demonstrate financial need, and provide a statement of goals and aspirations related to their studies in the legal profession. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


NEW! Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation
Application Deadline: March 14, 2003

The Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation will award scholarships to residents of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, who have expressed a commitment to the highest scholastic standards. Factors considered will include scholastic achievement, involvement in school activities, extra curricular activities as well as financial need. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


NEW! West Suburban Bar Association Scholarships
Application Deadline: January 24, 2003

The West Suburban Bar Association will award two $1,500 scholarships to law students from the Chicago metro area law schools. Applicants must be entering their second or third year of law school in 2003 and be in good standing. Scholarship awards will be presented at the Association's annual Law Day ceremony in May 2003. Applications and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. Completed applications should be returned to Nicole Speck, Director of Admissions.


NEW! National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: March 31, 2003

The National Federation of the Blind will award thirty scholarships to high-achieving legally blind students. Awards range from $3,000 to $10,000 and recipients will be notified in May. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community and financial need. Applications and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


NEW! ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 28, 2003

The mission of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years. The scholarship fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his/her time in law school. Applicants for the scholarship must be entering, first-year law students in Fall 2003. Students already in law school are not eligible to apply for the award. Applications are available online at www.abanet.org/fje or in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


Blind Service Association
Application Deadline: Spring 2003

The Blind Service Association will offer scholarship awards to students who are blind or visually impaired. Applicants must be legally blind residents of the six-county Chicago Metropolitan Area, and must plan to enroll in the 2003 academic year in an accredited undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical or professional school. Part-time students are welcome to apply. Awards may be as high as $2,500. Applications will be available after January 5, 2003 and the deadline for receipt of the application will be included in the application package. To receive an application package, please contact the Blind Service Association at (312) 236-0808.


Just the Beginning Foundation Scholarship Awards
Application Deadline: March 1, 2003

The Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) will offer three scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to law students in Illinois for 2002-2003. Scholarship awards must be used during the 2002-03 academic year. Awards will be based on the applicant's academic record, extracurricular activities (with an emphasis on service oriented extracurricular activities directed toward the enhancement of opportunities for African-Americans), letters of recommendation, financial need, and essay. Finalists will be invited to interview with the JTBF's scholarship committee. The scholarship application and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


Jewish Vocational Service, Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: March 1, 2003

The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Chicago will award scholarships from the Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund for the 2003-2004 academic year. Awards typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. To be eligible, you must: be Jewish; be enrolled full-time at Chicago-Kent or one of the other designated law schools; be domiciled in the Chicago metropolitan community; establish financial need; and demonstrate career promise. All applicants must be available for a personal interview at the JVS offices prior to May 1, 2003. Applications are available on the Jewish Vocational Service website at www.jvschicago.org (click on "Scholarship Services"), or by contacting the JVS at (312) 357-4500 or by e-mail at jvsscholarship@jvschicago.org.


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 JD 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.

 

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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