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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! The Roddy Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 19, 2012

Joseph V. Roddy, a 1962 Chicago-Kent graduate, established this fund to provide financial assistance to evening division students currently working in law enforcement. Preference for this scholarhip is given to first year students and the award amounts range from $1,500 to $3,000. This scholarship will be awarded in spring 2013. To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis,


NEW! The Honorable Dean J. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 19, 2012

The Honorable Dean J. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship fund was established by Jennifer Prager Sodaro '86 in honor of her late husband Dean Sodaro '53 and has been supported by the Class of 1967, family, fellow faculty, colleagues and friends. This fund provides financial assistance to law students with need. Judge Sodaro taught part-time at Chicago-Kent while practicing law, then served on the faculty full-time from 1972 to 1990, when he was elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County and appointed to the Chancery Division. The scholarship amount is $1,000 to be awarded in spring 2013.

Sodaro Memorial Scholarship Fund applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions. Students interested must submit applications to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis,


NEW! The Geri and Ron Yonover Fellowship

Application Deadline: October 19, 2012

The Geri and Ron Yonover Fellowship was established to provide financial assistance to a full-time student who has completed his or her first year of law school and has primary custody of a child or children under the age of fifteen. The $5,000 fellowship will help defray the cost of the recipient's tuition in spring 2013. To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest, copy of law school transcript, and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis,


Apply now for the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Chicago Fall Book Scholarship

Application deadline: October 19, 2012

The Black Women Lawyers' Association (BWLA) of Greater Chicago Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for its Annual Fall Book Scholarship. The mission of the BWLA is to encourage and support African-American women in law, however these book scholarships are open to all students, and winners will be chosen based on their community involvement and unmet financial needs. BWLA plans to award three $1,000 scholarships. For additional details, please review the 2012 application.


Apply now for the College Prowler Chicago Student Scholarship

Application deadline: December 31, 2012

College Prowler has introduced a $1,000 Chicago Student Scholarship for Chicago area students. Since 2002, College Prowler has been a leading resource for assisting students in their college search as well as finding scholarships to help finance their education. With over $50,000 awarded annually in College Prowler scholarships, we could be a great, free resource for your students – especially with this new scholarship just for them.

To apply for the $1,000 Chicago Student Scholarship, students need to log in or register for a free account at and answer why they think Chicago is a great city for students and young adults. The winner will be determined based on the quality of his or her response. The application can be found here -


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.


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 Scholarship Opportunities

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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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