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2003-04 Academic Year

Congratulations to the 2004 Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Scholarship Recipients

Chicago-Kent is pleased to announce that Laura Bautista and Olga Gutierrez have been awarded scholarships from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and fellowships to deserving Hispanic law students. Please join us in congratulating them on the awards!

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 County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarships
Application Deadline: April 30, 2004

The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers will award scholarships to students of Italian extraction who have completed at least one semester of law school and are currently enrolled in law school. Awards will be made in mid-May 2004. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions.

NEW! Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.
Application Deadline: April 16, 2004

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA) is offering scholarships to first- and second-year black women law students in the extended Chicago area. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions or online at

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. Students who will be entering law school in Fall 2004 are eligible to apply for this award.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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