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2003-04 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! Chicago Bar Foundation, Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship
Application Deadline: April 1, 2004

Throughout his distinguished life and career, the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz was a firm believer that financial need should not be a bar to dedicated young students who want to pursue careers in public service. For almost a century, Judge Marovitz consistently demonstrated his commitment to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through a variety of charitable activities. Prior to his death in 2001, Judge Marovitz insured that this legacy would continue by establishing funding for a number of charitable initiatives, highlighted by the new Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.

The Marovitz Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student attending one of the seven Chicago area law schools by (DePaul, John Marshall, Chicago-Kent, Loyola, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and Northern Illinois University). These funds, payable over a three-year period, will enable an incoming student who intends to pursue a career in public interest law to have a significant portion of his or her tuition and related expenses covered by Scholarship funding. Contingent on the recipient's continued compliance with the terms of the Scholarship, the student will receive $5,000 in the first year of law school, $10,000 in the second year, and $15,000 in the third year. (The payment schedule may be modified for part-time students). Additional information about the Marovitz Scholarship and application instructions are available by clicking here, or from the Chicago Bar Foundation.

NEW! Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarship
Application Deadline: April 20, 2004

The Federal Circuit Bar Association (“FCBA”) is a national organization comprised of over 2,500 attorneys interested in all aspects of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the appellate court that hears appeals in all patent cases. Through its Charitable and Educational Fund, the Association offers economic assistance to law students having a potential interest in legal issues that may be appealed to the Federal Circuit. An award of $10,000, in memory of Giles S. Rich, Circuit Judge, United States District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will be given by the Federal Circuit Bar Association to a law student showing financial need and demonstrated academic promise, either in undergraduate studies or in law school.

Judge Rich was a Circuit Judge on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and its predecessor court, the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (“CCPA”) from 1956 to 1999. Before joining the CCPA, he was instrumental in drafting the major revision of the patent laws of the United States that were enacted in 1952. At the time of his death, he was the oldest federal judge serving on active status in the history of the United States. Besides the length of his judicial career, he consistently demonstrated a dedication to the law, the rule of law, and our court system that was unmatched. In addition to being the recognized “last word” on patent law, he brought his intellect to every case before him whether it involved tax law, international trade, government employment practices, environmental law, governmental contracts, or intellectual property. A super writer and scholar, he was also fascinated by technology, a world class photographer, and a genuinely wonderful human being.

Selection for the award will be based primarily on a written submission of no more than one page outlining the applicant’s financial need, any interest in particular areas of the law, and any qualifications for the award considered relevant by the applicant. The submission should also include all of the applicant’s college and law school transcripts, and a one page curriculum vitae. All of the submitted materials will be considered, and prior academic performance will not be the primary criteria for selection. Up to five candidates may be advanced by Chicago-Kent to the scholarship committee. Submissions should be submitted to Professor Dinwoodie, Room 729, by April 20, 2004.

NEW! Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadline: April 30, 2004

The Attorney-CPA Foundation will award ten scholarships in 2004 in amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000. The scholarships are open to law students who will be graduating from law school in 2005 and who have obtained a CPA certificate. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their academic performance, leadership in the school and community and need for assistance in completing their studies.  Recipients will be selected by the Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarship Committee.  Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230, or on the Foundation's web site at or by calling the Attorney-CPA Foundation at 800-272-2889.

NEW! Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award
Application Deadline: March 6, 2004

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.

NEW! Alabama Law Foundation, Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship
Application Deadline: June 4, 2004

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.

Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc.
Application Deadline: July 1, 2004

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 may be obtained 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.

DuPage County Bar Foundation, Hartman E. Stime Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 26, 2004

The DuPage County Bar Association will award a $2,000 scholarship to a DuPage County resident who will commence their second year of law school in Fall 2004. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of prior academic achievement and economic need. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. The scholarship selection committee will interview applicants at their Wheaton office on April 17, 2004. The recipient will be recognized at the annual Law Day Luncheon on April 29, 2004.

Blind Service Association
Application Deadline: Spring 2004

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 2004 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 $3,000. Applications will be available after January 5, 2004 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.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarship for Minority Law Students
Application Deadline: April 15, 2004

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 2004-05 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.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 1, 2004

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 2004. Students already in law school are not eligible to apply for the award. Applications are available online at or in the Office of Admissions.

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: April 1, 2004

The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving Berks County, Pennsylvania resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited law school. The $3,000 award is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day event. Applications and additional information are available on the Berks County Community Foundation website at

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: March 31, 2004

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 on the National Federation for the Blind website at

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: March 1, 2004

Educational scholarship funds from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for law students for the 2004-05 academic year.  Scholarships are available for Jewish students legally domiciled in the greater Chicago metropolitan area who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers, and who are in need of financial assistance for full-time academic programs.  Applicants must be born and raised in either Cook County, the Chicago metropolitan area, or Northwest Indiana OR prior to starting professional education, worked full-time for at least 12 months in Cook County or the Chicago metropolitan area. Applicants must also intend to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school. Applications are available online at by clicking on the link for "Scholarship Services." For additional information or questions, please call the JVS Scholarship Secretary at (312) 673-3457 or email

Jewish Vocational Service, Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: March 1, 2004

The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Chicago will award scholarships from the Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund for the 2004-05 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, 2004. Applications are available on the Jewish Vocational Service website at (click on "Scholarship Services"), or by contacting the JVS at (312) 673-3400 or by e-mail at


Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2003-04 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 2002-03 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2003-04 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2003-04 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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