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2008-09 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! Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. Scholarships

Application Deadline: July 1 , 2009

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. The Club supports educational activities and personal efforts of Polish American students, male and female, through financial scholarships. To qualify for consideration of a scholarship, a student must fulfill the following requirements: be a U.S. citizen; have at least one parent of Polish heritage; be a Chicago resident; currently enrolled full-time second or third year student attending Chicago area school; demonstrate financial need; and permanent resident of State of Illinois. Interested students who meet the above criteria may obtain an application in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

NEW! Essex County Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 15 , 2009

The Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Honorable Vincent J. Biunno Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the continuation of the Biunno Scholarship Program for the 2009-10 school year. The scholarships are designed to offer financial assistance to persons with a disability who are currently attending law school. For purposes of this scholarship, a disability is limited to a permanent physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual having such an impairment. Persons wishing to apply for the scholarship should know that apart from the requirement that they demonstrate a permanent disability consistent with the criterion outlined above, a variety of other factors, including financial need, law school achievement and commitment to the practice of law will enter into the decision making process. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

NEW! The Sovereignty Symposium Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: May 5 , 2009

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, the Sovereignty Symposium Inc., and the Oklahoma Arts Council will host Sovereignty Symposium XXII, June 3 and 4, 2009, at Oklahoma City's Skirvin Hilton Hotel. As part of the Symposium, the Court offers tuition scholarships to selected applicants. To apply, applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a letter of application. Applications must be submitted by mail to The Sovereignty Symposium, Attn: Ed Edmondson Scholarship Committee, Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 208, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105. For further information, contact Julie Rorie at 415.522.5801 or

NEW! National Federation of the Blind

Application Deadline: March 31, 2009

The National Federation of the Blind has a large and prestigious scholarship program whose awards are made solely to persons who are legally blind. The Federation's program will award thirty scholarships to high-achievng legally blind students in July 2009. Scholarships range from $3,000 to $12,000. For additional details or to access the scholarship application form, visit the federation website at For questions, contact or call 404.371.1000.


NEW! Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1 , 2009

The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Award of $3,000 is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event. It is given to help fund a deserving Berks County, Pennsylvania, resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited law school. To apply for this scholarship, please visit the Berks County Community Foundation web site at for an online application.


The Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2009

The Illinois Government Bar Association is offering a $500 scholarship to a deserving 1st, 2nd or 3rd year law student that is interested in government law. Applicants will be judged on education/experience, motivation/focus, academic reference/character, community member reference/character and aptitude. For more information, please feel free to contact Barbara Rowe, 217.787.7076 or 217.836.1830 or; or Frank Martinez, 217.789.2393 or Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2009 and notification will be made by May 1, 2009. Application guidelines and requirements are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.

The Chicago Lesbian and Gay Bar Association Summer Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 1, 2009

The Chicago Lesbian and Gay Bar Association announces its summer scholarship program. The LAGBAC will award scholarship grants to support full-time employment at a qualified LGBT/civil rights organization during the 2009 summer. First, second and third year law students are encouraged to apply. The scholarship grants range in amount from $3,000 to $4,000 depending on a variety of factors. Applications are due by March 1, 2009. The application can be found at


The iModules Educational Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: April 15, 2009

The iModules Educational Scholarship Program was established in March 2008. The goal of this program is to reward students with a financial scholarship to assist them in their educational pursuits. This program is for prospective and current students in both secondary and higher education (college or Post) fields of study. The application deadline is April 15 and winning students are notified by May 1st. Qualifications to apply: full-time student, minimum "C' grade point average, attendance at iModules client school, submit online application, essay, and profile. iModules will provide awards of $2500 to each scholarship recipient. For additional information and application documents, email or visit

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 2, 2009

The ABA Legal Opportunity 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 or her time in law school. Recipients will be selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship and not on the law school they plan to attend. Therefore law students applying to any and all-ABA accredited law schools may benefit from these scholarships. The application is available online at Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2009.

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 28, 2009

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Educational Fund is pleased to announce the 2009-10 Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Program for Latino law students. The PRBA, founded in New York in 1957 is one of the oldest Latino bar associations in the U.S. Today, the PRBA continues its tradition of breaking down the barriers to the legal profession with active members throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. All Latino students attending law school in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) are eligible to apply. PRBA selects recipients based on financial need and academic promise. All applicants must be a first or second year student in a JD degree program at an ABA approved law school. Third year evening students are also eligible to apply. Students working towards their LLM are not eligible for this award. Scholarship recipients will be notified by June of 2009.

Applications are available in the office of admissions, suite 230. Completed applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2009 to be considered.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2009

Educational scholarship funds from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for the 2009-2010 academic year. Approximately $500,000 is available for Jewish students who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers, and are in need of financial assistance for full-time academic programs primarily in the helping professions. To be eligible a student must: be enrolling or enrolled full-time; be domiciled in the Chicago metropolitan community; establish financial need; and demonstrate career promise. The Jewish Vocational Service administers the scholarship program and personally interviews all applicants before April 20, 2009 at one of its many offices throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. To apply, go to (click on Scholarship Services). For additional information or questions, call the JVS Scholarship Secretary at 312.673.3457 or email

2009 Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest

Intent Form Deadline: January 30, 2009

Essay Deadline: March 31, 2009

The Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest is a $5,000 cash award given to the author of the winning essay. The 2009 topic is Pollution Preemption: Federal Preemption of State Tort Law and Environment Protection. Any student currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school may submit a legal essay for the competition. Essays can only be written during the academic year covered by the competition and may not be prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school. For Rules and a copy of the Intent-to-Enter form, please visit the Public Justice web site at

Institute of Management Accountants Scholarships

Application Deadline: February 15 , 2009

The Institute of Management Accountants is pleased to offer scholarships to students pursuing accounting and finance graduate degrees. The Scholarships range from $1000 to $5000 and may include lodging, transportation and registration costs to both the IMA Annual Conference and Exposition and the IMA Student Leadership Conference. The application is available on the IMA web site at and the deadline to apply is February 15, 2009.

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest

Application Deadline: June 1, 2009

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund is sponsoring a writing contest for law students. The subject of the contest is The Right of the Individual to Keep and Bear Arms as a Federally Protected Right. Cash prizes will be awarded to First, Second, Third and Fourth place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The contest is open to all individuals who are law students at the date of submission and who have not been previously admitted to practice law in the United States. Admission to practice after submission of the paper is not disqualifying. Papers should be double-spaced, not exceed 30 pages in length, exclusive of endnotes, of law review quality, and cannot have been previously published. Publication subsequent to submission is encouraged. Citations should conform with the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, current edition. Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2009 and mailed to NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, c/o Office of the General Counsel, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. For additional information, contact the fund at 703.267.1252.



Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2008-09 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 2007-08 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2008-09 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2008-09 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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