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2009-10 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! Rubenstein Scholarship - Deadline Extended

Application Deadline: March 24, 2010

The Rubenstein Scholarship Fund was established 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. The recipient of this scholarship will be based on financial need with preference given to students who are financing their law school education by working part-time jobs in the hospitality or food service industries. This scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $3,000. To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, by March 24, 2010.


NEW! Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 31 , 2010

The Illinois Judicial Council (IJC) Foundation announces its 2010 Law School Scholarships. The IJC, founded in 1983, is an organization comprised primarily, but not exclusively, of African-American State and Federal judges, administrative judges and hearing officers. It has dedicated itself to bridging the gap between the judiciary and the community through educational dialogues regarding the legal system. Since 1999, the IJC Foundation has funded numerous scholarships, totaling in excess of $100,000 to minority and other deserving law school students throughout Illinois and beyond. 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, submit an official transcript, submit a financial statement, submit a completed scholarship application, submit two letters of recommendation, submit a personal statement and resume, and plan to be available to the scholarship committee if selected. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


NEW! Essex County Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 7 , 2010

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! Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2010

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, 2010. All students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application form, resume, transcript, and essay (limit 250 words). Applications are online at


NEW! Asian American Bar Association for the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 1, 2010

The board members of the Asian American Bar Association for the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (“AABA Law Foundation”) and members of its scholarship committee, announce the AABA Law Foundation's scholarship program.  The AABA Law Foundation was established in February 2009, and is a non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of Asian American Bar Association ("AABA") that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). 

One of the goals of the AABA Law Foundation is to provide financial assistance to Asian Pacific American law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and social leadership.  Starting this year, the AABA Law Foundation will award annual scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American communities through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work in the future.  This year, the AABA Law Foundation intends to award two Inaugural Scholarships of $2,500 each to law students who have exemplified that commitment. Interested students can pick up the scholarship application in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


Crusade for Education Financial Aid Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2010

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 2010. To apply, interested students should contact the organization by email at or call 773.792.1800 to request an application.


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


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.


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 Defender’s 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


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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