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2004-05 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! Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award
Application Deadline: March 5, 2005

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 are available in the Office of Admissions. For additional information, visit

NEW! Kankakee County Society of Women in Law Scholarship
Extended Application Deadline: March 15, 2005

The Society of Women in Law (SWIL) Scholarship Committee will award scholarships to deserving women law students of an accredited Illinois law school. This year, two $1,000 scholarships are available to help defray the cost of law school. 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.

NEW! Nordic Law Club Scholarship Award
Application Deadline: December 15, 2004

The Nordic Law Club will offer a scholarship of $1,000 to a Chicago-Kent student interested in international law who is in his/her final year of law school in 2004-05. Applicants must demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Students interested in applying for this award must submit a letter of application to Nicole Vilches, Assistant Dean of Admissions, describing their interest in international law, their academic achievement, their current level of financial need, and any other relevant factors. The recipient will be invited to attend one of the Nordic Law Club's events for special recognition.

The Nordic Law Club has been a professional and social organization for lawyers for over seventy years. Originally named The Horned Helmet Drinking Society, it began as a social club for lawyers of Scandinavian heritage. It has since relaxed the membership requirements to include anyone whose homeland was the site of a Viking raid, who has attended a Victor Borge concert, seen the movie "The Vikings" at least once, or who is acquainted with an individual in one of the above categories. The club holds three to four events each year, including a Scandinavian Smorgasbord dinner, a golf outing and Probate Night, which is a gala held to honor the probate judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Students interested in becoming members of the Nordic Law Club should contact Patricia Oakley at (708) 923-6760.

NEW! Jewish Vocational Service, Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: March 1, 2005

The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Chicago will award scholarships from the Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund for the 2005-06 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

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: March 1, 2005

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

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.

Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either two or three years of degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of approximately US$12,500 or its equivalent is provided per year to be applied toward the costs of a degree program.

Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country.

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


Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2004-05 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 2003-04 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2004-05 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2004-05 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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