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! The Defense Research Institute Diversity Scholarship
Application Deadline: May 8, 2009
The Defense Research Institute (DRI) is currently offering a Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible regardless of race or ethnicity. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to successful applicants. the application and all other requested materials must be received by May 8, 2009. Winners will be announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar June 11-12, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. The two successful applicants will be notified in advanced of the seminar. For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.dri.org/open/About.aspx.
NEW! DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship
Application Deadline: May 11, 2009
The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers will once again award a scholarship to students of Italian extraction who have completed at least one semester of law school and are currently enrolled in law school. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. The scholarships will be awarded in May 2009. The scholarship committee must receive applications and letters of recommendation from law school faculty no later than May 11, 2009 for full consideration. Applications are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.
NEW! The Minority Corporate Counsel Association Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: June 1 , 2009
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association is accepting applications for the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program. The scholarship program provides recipients with a $10,000 scholarship per year for up to three years. The total commitment per student is $30,000. For more information or to apply online, visit www.uncf.org or call 703.205.3514 or email email@example.com. The application deadline is June 1, 2009.
Sixth World Conference on Nonsmokers Rights Writing Contest
Contest Deadline: May 1, 2009
The Sixth World Conference on Nonsmokers Rights will be held June 6-7 in Washington, DC where students can network with other attorneys involved in public health law, environmental law, and international law. For students interested in public interest law, health law, public policy, medicine and law, and administrative law, this writing contest is an opportunity to get involved in legal research, advocacy, and affect change in legislation. The writing contest is open to all law students and requires a 1000-word submission of a proposal for legal action to protect nonsmokers' rights. Prizes range from $1000 to $5000. All students who enter the writing contest are invited to the invitation-only conference in DC. For additional details, visit http://nosmokingcontest.org/flyer09 or call 202.223.8308.
Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 31, 2009
The Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago (BLAC) has several scholarships each in the amount of $1500 available to students currently attending law school in Illinois or neighboring states. These scholarships are open to students with Chicago ties and Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry. The scholarships will be presented at the BLAC Annual Installation Dinner held in Chicago in May. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2009. All students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application form, resume, transcript, and essay (limit 250 words). Applications are available in the office of admissions, suite 230 or online at http://www.bohemianlawyers.org/scholarships.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.792.1800 to request an application.
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 http://jeremy.protas.org/scholarship.
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 www.aauw-il.org/lombard or by email at email@example.com.
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 http://www.dcba.org/public/found.htm. 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 http://grcf.egrant.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.nfb.org/scholarships. For questions, contact email@example.com 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 www.bccf.org 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 BSRowe@sbcglobal.net; or Frank Martinez, 217.789.2393 or Frank.Martinez@cwlp.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://scholarships.imodules.com.
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 www.publicjustice.net.
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.
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
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.