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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 , 2010

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. For additional application requirements and to apply online please visit


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

Application Deadline: March 15, 2010

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. Additional scholarship information and the scholarship application and recommendation form are available online at


Central Illinois Women's Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 12, 2010

The Central Illinois Women's Bar Association is proud to announce its 2010 scholarship opportunity. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2010. To apply, applicants must be female, enrolled in an accredited law school, and a resident of one of the following Illinois counties upon graduating from high school:

Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Greene, Jersey, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Vermilion, and Woodford.

Interested persons must complete the application form, write an essay, provide two letters of recommendation, and law school transcript to Central Illinois Women's Bar Association; Attn: Scholarship Program/RDG; 400 S. Ninth Street, Suite 200; Springfield, IL 62701. For more information about the scholarship, email Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, suite 230.


DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 30, 2010

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 May 27, 2010. The scholarship committee must receive applications and letters of recommendation from law school faculty no later than April 30, 2010 for full consideration. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, suite 230.


Canadian American Bar Associationís 2010 Law Student Essay Competition

Application Deadline: March 7, 2010

The Canadian American Bar Association is pleased to announce its 2010 Law Student Essay Competition. The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in law school in the United States or Canada. The essay must be the studentís original, unpublished work. Compare U.S. and Canadian law in an area of law of your choice. First place: $500. 2nd place: $100. The two winning articles will be published on the Canadian
American Bar Association website. The essays will be evaluated by a committee of Canadian American Bar Association members on the following criteria: clarity of the analysis; quality of the analysis and research; quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form. Neither the contestantís identity nor their academic institution will be known to the committee. The winner will be announced in March 2010. E-mail your entry to by March 7, 2010. For additional details, the scholarship flyer is available in the Office of Admissions, suite 230.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 1, 2010

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. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year. The law school scholarship is not limited to schools in Michigan; however the applicant 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 no later than 5pm on April 1, 2010.


The DuPage County Bar Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 22 , 2010

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, 2010. 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 10, 2010. The recipient will be recognized at the foundation's annual Law Day luncheon which will take place on April 30, venue to be announced. The applicant or his/her representative must attend the April 30 luncheon to accept the award. For more information, contact the foundation at 630.653.7779.


The Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2010

The Illinois Government Bar Association is offering a $750 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 Frank Martinez, 217.789.2393. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2010 and notification will be made by May 1, 2010. Application guidelines are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.


The Fredrikson and Byron Minority Scholarship

Application Deadline:March 31, 2010

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program sponsors educational opportunities for currently enrolled, first-year law students of diverse backgrounds. The Foundation offers one award of $10,000.

The Minority Scholarship Program is jointly sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation. For more information and to apply, click here


The Howard Fox Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline:April 1, 2010

In 1978 the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund was established by Helen and Richard Fox and Friends to honor the memory of their son who, as a proud member of the Berks County Bar Association, served as a young attorney in the Public Defenderís Office. 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. For an online application, please visit the Berks County Community Foundation website at


ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 1, 2010

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 1, 2010.


Seventh World Conference on Nonsmokers Rights Writing Contest

Contest Deadline: May 1, 2010

The Seventh World Conference on Nonsmokers Rights will be held June 12-13 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.orgor email




Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2009-10 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 2008-09 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2009-10 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2009-10 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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