Chicago-Kent Scholarship Opportunities
Application Deadline Extension: Friday, March 4, 2005
Alumnae/i Board of Directors Scholarship
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. For Spring 2005, the Board plans to make several awards of at least $1,000 each. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions.
Application Deadline: Monday, February 14, 2005
The following Chicago-Kent scholarships are currently available through the Office of Admissions. Awards will be made for the Spring 2005 semester. Application instructions for each award are listed below. Applications are due in the Office of Admissions no later than Monday, February 14, 2005.
Questions about the available awards should be addressed to Rebecca Warsinsky, 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. The recipient of the scholarship will be selected 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. In awarding the scholarship, the scholarship committee will give preference to students planning to serve the Asian community. The scholarship amount is $1,000. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions.
The Daniel C. Cohn Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 1985 in memory of Daniel Cohn by his classmates. This fund provides assistance to a disabled student or to a student who works with disabled individuals. The scholarship amount is $3,600. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions.
The Marvin Gates Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 1996 by Paula Gates, Class of '96, in honor of her father. The scholarship was established to provide funds for books and supplies to a third-year law student demonstrating financial need. Preference is given to a third-year law student of Jewish faith. The The scholarship amount is $200. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions.
The Larkowski Scholarship Fund
The Frances J. Larkowski Scholarship was established in 1999 with a contribution from the Rosenstiel Foundation. Additional Funds were raised by Polska Wola, the Chicago-Kent Polish American Law Student Organization. The scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need who demonstrates leadership qualities and an interest in supporting the Polish American Community. Preference is given for a a student of Polish descent. The scholarship award is for the amount is $1,000. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions.
The Rubenstein Scholarship Fund
The Rubenstein Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 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 & Rubenstein, P.C. 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. The scholarship amount is $3,000. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions.
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. The scholarship amount is $1,000. Applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions.
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! ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 1, 2005
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 2005. 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.
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 www.prldef.org.
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
Vocational Service, Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship
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 www.jvschicago.org
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 email@example.com.
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
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 www.rotary.org.
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
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.