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2012-13 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! Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 7, 2013

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. is pleased to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcofis continuing commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary Writing and oral communication skills. To apply, submit the scholarship application by January 7, 2013.


NEW! McLean County Bar Association Scholarship

Application deadline: October 20, 2012

The McLean County Bar Association (MCBA) is announcing a $1,000 scholarship for eligible second or third year law school students with strong ties to McLean County, Illinois. To be considered, scholarship applications should be received electronically
by October 20, 2012, and the recipient will be selected on or before November 20, 2012. A formal presentation will be made December 18, 2012 at the Bar Associationís annual holiday luncheon. Additional information regarding the McLean County Bar Association may be found at and the for the scholarship application, click here. Applicants for the MCBA law school scholarship should demonstrate a commitment to McLean County, Bloomington-Normal and/or its surrounding communities through residency in the county, through academic ties to local schools or through past or future employment. Prime candidates will express and demonstrate a commitment to legal aid work, pro bono activities and/or community service. Applications should be emailed to Judge Kevin Fitzgerald at


NEW! Katten Minority Scholarship

Application deadline: October 1, 2012

Minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for Kattenís Minority Scholarship Program. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in our 2013 Summer Associate Programóone in our Chicago office and one in our New York office. The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession. Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2012 for full consideration.

NEW! Hellenic Bar Association Scholarship

Application deadline: October 3, 2012

The Hellenic Bar Association is currently accepting applications from 2nd and 3rd year law students of Greek descent. Several scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Applications should be sent via e-mail to Maria Z. Vathis at


NEW! Scholarship Opportunities

Application deadline: varies announces two new scholarships available to students. CustomMade is a marketplace that allows you to commission custom projects from over 3,000 talented, independent makers. Following are the links to the scholarships:

Custom Furniture Scholarship
Custom Jewelry Scholarship


NEW! Best of the Web Scholarships

Application deadline: September 30, 2012

Best of the Web announces a new section on the site providing scholarships for higher learning - The deadline for current scholarships ends September 30 2012.


NEW! Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship

Application deadline: March 13, 2013

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation announces its 2012 scholarship opportunity for an exceptional first-year minority law school student. This is the 20th year of the firmís minority scholarship program, which awarded $10,000 to this year's recipient, Chrishon A. McManus.

The scholarship program is part of the Fredrikson & Byron Foundationís commitment to promoting diversity amongst incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples, and personal interviews. First year law students are encouraged to visit for more information and to apply.

NerdWallet Law Scholarships

Application deadline: varies

NerdWallet is a free search engine which allows students to search through over 10,000 scholarship and financial aid resources.† Interested students should check out their law school scholarships at


Serbian Bar Association of America Law Scholarship

Application deadline:†October 15, 2012

The SBAA is an organization of Serbian American attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students that has been in existence for nearly twenty years. The SBAA represents a valuable asset to Serbian American law students by offering them the opportunity to network with the greater Serbian American legal community and affording them career placement opportunities.

The SBAA is hosting a scholarship gala on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge, Illinois. Five scholarships will be awarded; one in the amount of $2,500, two in the amount of $2,000, one in the amount of $1,000 and one in the amount of $500.†

All persons of Serbian birth, ancestry, or connubial relationship who are enrolled in an accredited law school in any state of the United States of America are eligible to apply for the scholarships. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 15, 2012.
Scholarship recipients will be notified in advance, and the scholarships will be awarded at the scholarship gala on November 17, 2012.† Applications are available online at:


Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2012-13 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 2011-12 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2012-13 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2012-13 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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