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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! Crusade for Education Financial Aid Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2009

Students of Polish descent in need of financial aid may apply to the Knights of Dabrowski Crusade for Education program for help. A limited number of scholarships are available on the basis of documented financial need, academic performance and community involvement. Students are eligible to apply who meet the following requirements: full-time student enrolled in law school at a fully accredited college/university in the U.S.; U.S. citizen or documented legal alien of Polish descent; good academic standing and documented financial need; resident of Chicago metropolitan area for at least four years (proof of residency required); and recipient must be able to attend a scheduled interview in late spring and Award Presentation Ceremony in the fall of 2009. To apply, interested students should contact the organization by email at or call 773.792.1800 to request an application.

NEW! The Jeremy Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship

Application Deadline: Between June 1 and July 31, 2009

Jeremy D. Protas, an attorney with the intellectual property law firm of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, announces the establishment of a Patent Law Scholarship specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students intending to pursue a legal career in the field of patent law. Candidates must be second-year students for the 2009-2010 academic year at an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and be eligible to sit for the Patent Bar Exam. Applications for the $1,000 scholarship are due by July 31, 2009. Applications and information can be found at

The American Association of University Women "Return to Learning" Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 1 , 2009

The Lombard Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering two "Return to Learning" scholarships to be used for the 2009-10 academic year. These scholarships are available to qualified women residents of the Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, or Glendale Heights postal districts or members or daughters of members of the Lombard Area AAUW Branch. Previous scholarship awards have ranged from $500 to $1800. Additional scholarship information and applications are available online at or by email at

The William McClain Scholarship funded by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bar Association

Application Deadline: March 11, 2009

The William McClain Scholarship is funded jointly by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) and the Cincinnati Bar Association and awarded to a Black Cincinnati resident attending any accredited law school who demonstrates leadership potential, dedication to community, and a financial need. The average annual award is $2,000. Additional scholarship information and the scholarship application and recommendation form are available online at

Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 3 , 2009

The Illinois Judicial Council Foundation announces its 2009 Law School Scholarships. Since 1999, the Illinois Judicial Council Foundation has funded numerous scholarships, totaling in excess of $100,000 to minority and deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. This year the committee has decided to use the following criteria in awarding the scholarships: need, community involvement, academic achievement, communication skills and overcoming obstacles. To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria: be enrolled full-time in an accredited law school; rank in good standing; and submit an official transcript, financial statement, scholarship application, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement and resume. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

The DuPage County Bar Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 23 , 2009

The DuPage County Bar Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Hartman Stime scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a DuPage County resident who will begin his or her second, third or fourth year of law school in fall, 2009. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of prior academic achievement and economic need. Applications are available online at The selection committee will interview applicants at their Wheaton office on April 11, 2009. The recipient will be recognized at the foundation's annual Law Day luncheon which will take place on May 1st, venue to be announced. The applicant or his/her representative must attend the May 1st luncheon to accept the award. For more information, contact the foundation at 630.653.7779.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 1, 2009

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers two scholarship programs funded by local law firms aimed at increasing diversity in all areas of the legal profession.

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Scholarships for minority students are available to students of ethnic minority currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarships for minority students are awarded to students of racial and ethnic minority heritage pursuing a law degree. Applicants must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan.

Applications and additional information are available online at Online applications must be received by April 1, 2009.


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.

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.

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

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.


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 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.


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


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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