Wallin Scholarship Winners Essays

Scholarship Minimum Requirements:

  • Be a graduating high school senior (class of 2018) at one of ourpartner high schools
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted)
  • Minimum 19 ACT (composite)
  • Have applied and intend to attend a private/public not-for-profit four-year college in MN, IA, SD, ND, or WI or any Historically Black College or University in the Nation immediately after high school (no gap year)
  • Have a family taxable income of $75,000 or less, low-to-moderate assets, and have financial need with regard to financial aid (Please see the FAQs below for further information about this requirement).   

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Will I automatically be disqualified if I do not meet the minimum financial requirement?

If your family taxable income is at or over $75,000, it will NOT automatically disqualify you from our review process. Instead, our office will request additional financial information after the submission of your application and it will be reviewed by our independent financial review committee.

How can I determine that I’m at or below the $75,000 taxable income requirement?

This information is reported on your 2016 tax return and not within the student aid report (SAR) generated on the FAFSA.

In the financial section of the application, it will specifically ask you for this information and provide instructions to where it is located on your 2016 tax return.

I am unable to submit the FAFSA student aid report (SAR).

The application will have an alternative financial form available to download under the request for the FAFSA student aid report.

Students who cannot upload the student aid report will be able to download, complete, and upload the alternative financial form as a replacement.

What does it mean to be a student attending a partner high school?

Wallin Education Partners works with 52 different high schools to promote and assist in administering our scholarship opportunity. Each high school in our network have gone through several qualifications to be a partner high school including but not limited to enrollment numbers, rigorous pedagogy, financial sustainability, and graduation outcomes. New high school partners are identified through referrals from donor partners and community partners. Students who attend our current partner high schools are able to apply.

The list of partner high schools is located under the collaborative partners section of the About page.

Should I work with my high school counselor when applying for this scholarship?

We strongly recommend that you work with your high school counselor or another trusted adult (e.g. mentor, College Possible coach, etc.) when applying for our scholarship program. Reports and other materials are sent to designated high school counselors and other nonprofit partners each year to ensure that they are well informed about our selection process.

If you would like to know your designated Wallin Education Partners high school representative; send us an e-mail to info@wallinpartners.org.

What can I do in advance to be considered for the Wallin Education Partners scholarship?

If you are a senior, there are several pre-application tasks that will need to be completed prior to applying for our scholarship program. You will also be requested to submit your Student Aid Report (SAR); therefore, you should complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. If you are unable to submit your SAR, you will need to complete the alternative financial form located in the application.

You will also be requested to submit information about your ACT and GPA; therefore, you will need to ensure that you are taking your exams and maintaining an excellent academic record.

You should start gathering information about your activities in and out of school, work, and awards you have received. Also, draft a list of scholarships and colleges you have applied to.

If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior; you can start early! We strongly recommend that you work with your high school counselor, coach, mentor, career center, or other support networks to prepare for your college goals. It is never early to figure out what you may want to do as a career, what school you might want to attend, or what scholarships are available.

How are Scholars selected?

We have a holistic approach to reviewing candidates for Wallin Education Partners scholarships. Your academic achievements are only one part of our overall consideration. We look at other aspects of who you are including your intended college and major; participation in community service projects; leadership roles in your community, school, and family; what you share in your essay; and what your recommenders are saying about you.

When is the scholarship application available?

The 2018 application period opens in November and will end on February 15, 2018. You can start an application in the system at any time between this period; however, it will need to be completed and submitted (including recommendation letters) by February 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Am I able to apply if I am planning to receive a GED or High School Equivalency Diploma?

No, Wallin Education Partners only provides scholarships to high school seniors who receive their high school diploma from one of our partner schools and will enter college in the fall immediately following graduation.

My sibling is/was a Wallin Education Partner scholar, can I apply?

We do not have any limits on the number of family members who apply to our scholarship program; however, we do not give any preferential treatment to siblings/family members when making our selections.

Where can I access the application?

A link to our application will be under the “Application Instructions” tab. Select the redirect at the top of the page and it will take you to the instructions and the link to the system that administers our application.

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Committed Financial Aid

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for four years

Professional Advisors

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College to Career Programming

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Donor Partner Connections

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Outside Scholarships

To assist you in your search for free money, we have provided a list of scholarship opportunities awarded by outside agencies. All outside agency scholarships have specific application procedures, criteria and deadlines. We encourage you to let us know of any other scholarships you find that may be available to others.

If you are awarded any outside agency scholarship, please advise the Office of Student Financial Services so that we may assist you in determining how the scholarship will affect your cost of attendance.

Scholarships and prize money are offered in a variety of categories:

Law Students

Salvi, Schostok, & Pritchard P.C. Law School Scholarship Essay Contest

Ezperanza Immigrant Rights Project Fellowship

  • Amount (estimated): $7,500
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Ezperanza Immigrant Rights Project Fellowship is open to second and third year law students who are interested in immigration law and specifically removal defense.
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

The Inland Empire Federal Bar Association Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: November
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Inland Empire Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is proud to offer a scholarship to a law student with a significant connection to the Inland Empire and must demonstrate superior academic performance. Scholarship applicant must submit an application, resume, law school academic transcript and a 250-word essay.
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Wells Fargo Foundation is proud to offer the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program to honorably discharged veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who have served in the United States military. The scholarship recipient must demonstrate financial need and outstanding academic performance.
  • Web site:scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveterans

The Warren E. Burger Essay Contest

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The American Inns of Court is proud to offer a scholarship for the Warren E. Burger writing competition. Applicants must submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000-20,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Web site:innsofcourt.org/AIC/Awards_and_Scholarships/Warren_E_Burger_Prize

California Bar Foundation Legal Fellowship Program

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: Check with AttorneyJobs@ImmDef.org
  • Eligibility Requirements: The California Bar Foundation and the Immigrant Defenders Law Center is proud to offer fellowship to a law student. Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, references and brief writing sample (five pages or less).
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

Bankruptcy Scholarship Essay Competition

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Ashcraft Law Firm is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who author winning essay. Applicants must submit a 1000 word essay on the following topic: Why do you think that the Framers included in Article One of the Constitution a term permitting Congress to create Bankruptcy Laws? What benefits do you think United States citizens and the economy as a whole accrue from creating these laws?
  • Web site:ashcraftfirm.com/scholarship

The National Tax Law Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $500
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Brown, P.C. Tax Practice Group is proud to offer a scholarship to a law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. The scholarship recipients must submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in tax law.
  • Web site:browntax.com/National-Tax-Scholarship

Innovation Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. is proud to offer three scholarships in their annual scholarship essay contest to deserving students who author a winning essay.
  • Web site:herrmanandherrman.com/scholarship

For the People Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,000
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Morgan & Morgan, P.A. is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who author winning essay. The scholarship recipients must submit an 800-1000 word essay.
  • Web site:forthepeople.com/scholarship

The National Business Law Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $500
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Brown, P.C. Tax Practice Group is proud to offer a scholarship to a law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. The applicants must submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in business law.
  • Web site:browntax.com/National-Business-Law-Scholarship

The SOAR for Justice Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: September
  • Eligibility Requirements: The SOAR for Justice Scholarship is open to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship recipient must submit an application, resume, essay and their academic transcript.  
  • Web site:soarforjustice.org/scholarship

The West Coast Trial Lawyers Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: September
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of West Coast Trial Lawyers is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship recipient must submit three to five-minute video on why they deserve the West Coast Trial Lawyers Scholarship, resume and their academic transcript.  
  • Web site:westcoasttriallawyers.com/scholarship/

Law Preview Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: BARBRI Law Preview and LexisNexis are proud to offer a scholarship to a first year law student. The scholarship recipient must submit an online application and attend a BARBRI Law Preview summer session.  
  • Web site:lawpreview.barbri.com/scholarships/

Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition-IDEA

 One Lawyer Can Change The World Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $10,000
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: BARBRI Law Preview and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity is proud to offer a scholarship to first year law student who authors winning essay. The scholarship recipient must submit an online application along with an essay.  
  • Web site:lawpreview.barbri.com

American Intellectual Property Law Association- Robert C. Watson Award

IALOC/NIABA Law School Student Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Italian American Lawyers of Orange County (IALOC) and National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA) is proud to offer a scholarship to law students working in a public interest or government internship during the summer. Applicants must submit an application and a one page essay on the following topic: How has your Italian American heritage influenced you to go to law school and pursue an opportunity in public interest/government?
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

Elder Law & Advocacy Fellowship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: The California Bar Foundation and the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association is proud to offer a summer paid fellowship, designed to assist low-income, monolingual or bilingual Spanish speaking clients in a court-based clinic setting located in El Centro, California. Applicants must be either a 2L/3L or recent law school graduate.
  • Web site: seniorlaw-sd.org/fellowship-application-announcement/

Barwinners Bar Review Course Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $6,600
  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Barwinners Bar Review Course Scholarship is open to law students taking the California Bar Exam and who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship recipients must submit two applications along with an essay.
  • Web site:barwinners.com/scholarship/

The O'Connor, Runckel & O'Malley Law Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of O'Connor Runckel & O'Malley is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship recipient must submit an application, an essay and their academic transcript.  
  • Web site:orolawfirm.com/law-school-scholarship.html

The Loewy Law Firm Passion for Civil Rights Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Loewy Law Firm is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Applicants must submit an application, an essay and their academic transcript.  
  • Web site:personalinjurylawyersaustintx.com/passion-for-civil-rights-scholarship/

Ladas Memorial Award

  • Amount (estimated): $2,500
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Ladas Memorial Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, distinguished practitioner and author. Applicants must submit a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks.
  • Web site:inta.org/Academics/Pages/LadasMemorialAward.aspx

Legal Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: June
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Moses and Rooth at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Applicants must submit an application, an essay and their academic transcript.  
  • Web site:mosesandrooth.com/2015-legal-scholarship/

Alex Ozols Aspiring Lawyer Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,000
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Ozols at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship recipients must submit a 500-1250 word essay.
  • Web site:thesandiegocriminallawyer.com/scholarship.html

The Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship is open to current law students who are an active member of the SALDF chapter and demonstrate outstanding commitment to animal law. 
  • Web site: aldf.org/advancement-of-animal-law-scholarship/

The Stewart J. Guss Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Houston law firm of Stewart J. Guss is proud to offer a scholarship to full-time students who author winning essay. Applicants must submit a 1000 word essay on the following topic: What law would you change and why? 
  • Web site:attorneyguss.com/annual-stewart-j-guss-college-student-scholarship/

The Baumgartner Scholarship

 The Bond & Botes Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Bond & Botes, P.C. law firm is proud to offer a scholarship to first year law student who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and who authors winning essay. Applicants must submit an application along with an essay describing how they have overcome financial difficulties in their lives.  
  • Web site:bondnbotes.com/scholarship/

Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship Contest

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: June
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship Contest is open to full-time students the essay contest will focus on solutions to the student loan crisis. Applicants must submit a 750 word essay, do you believe amending the bankruptcy code to allow for discharge of student loans would alleviate the problem. If not, what alternative solutions do you recommend?
  • Web site:  bankruptcyattorneys.org/bankruptcy-law-center-scholarship-contest/

The Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition is sponsored by the American Constitution Society, is an opportunity to recognize legal scholarship that enhances the understanding and reputation of progressive legal theories. The scholarship recipient must be a student member of the National American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.
  • Web site:acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing?mgs1=c8e7hpcXjd

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

  • Amount (estimated): $1,500
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to practicing lawyers, policymakers, and law students who author a winning essay.
  • Web site:www.acslaw.org/node/5378

The Wallin & Klarich Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,500
  • Deadline: June
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Wallin & Klarich is proud to offer a scholarship to students accepted for enrollment to an accredited law school, and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship recipient must submit an application along with an essay between 1000 and 3000 words answering three topics: Why do you want to become a criminal justice attorney? What challenge(s) have you faced in order to get to where you are today? How have these challenges shaped who you are, and how will you apply what you have learned from these challenges toward a career in criminal justice?
  • Web site:wklaw.com/scholarship/

Juvenile Justice Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Tiftickjian Law Firm, PC is proud to offer a scholarship to law students with an interest in juvenile justice, as well as raise awareness of the issue of prison sentences and reduced rights for minors that place youths on an institutional path towards spending a large part of their life in the criminal justice system. Applicants must submit an application along with an essay describing how you think juvenile justice could be improved to rehabilitate juvenile's and keep them out of the criminal justice system.
  • Web site:criminallawdenver.com/juvenile-justice-law-school-scholarship/ 

 Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness-Law School Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law office of Richard M. Renkin & Associates is proud to offer a scholarship to a law student who has been affected by or dealing with issues related to Lymphoma or Leukemia. Applicant must submit an application along with an essay describing how your life has been impacted by Lymphoma or Leukemia.
  • Web site:renkinlaw.com/leukemia-lymphoma-law-school-scholarship

The John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship Fund is open to rising second year law students who have an active connection with San Bernardino County. The scholarship recipient must submit an application, their official law school transcripts and a current resume.
  • Web site: sbcba.org

Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: August
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Meinhart & Manning PLLC is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Applicant must submit an application along with an essay describing a medical malpractice case, accident or personal injury that inspired you to enter law school and study malpractice and personal injury law.
  • Web site:bluegrassjustice.com/scholarship/

Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, LLP Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, LLP Scholarship is awarded to students accepted for enrollment to an accredited law school, who have graduated from an Oregon University and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
  • Web site:www.roydwyer.com/scholarship/

Akin Gump Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program

  • Amount (estimated): TBD
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is open to rising second year law students who work both at the firm and at a public interest organization during the summer. The  recipient must submit an application along with a 500 word statement describing his or her interest in having a career at Akin Gump and making pro bono a part of his or her practice.
  • Web site:www.akingump.com/en/careers/students/pro-bono/application-process.html

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyer's Single Mother Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyer's Single Mother Scholarship is open to students accepted for enrollment to an accredited law school, and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay about how you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student.
  • Web site:rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/articles/single-mother-scholarship/

The iModules Scholarship Program

  • Amount (estimated): $1,500
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The iModules Scholarship Program is open to full-time students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship recipient must submit an application along with a written essay.
  • Web site:scholarships.imodules.com/s/891/update/start.aspx

The Clark Law Office Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Clark Law Office Scholarship is awarded to a current undergraduate student who is planning on attending an accredited law school in 2016. The scholarship recipient must submit an application along with an essay between 600 and 1200 words about what are your current hopes for your career after completing law school.
  • Web site:theclarklawoffice.com/scholarship/

Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: August
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Appel LLP is proud to offer a scholarship to support entrepreneur law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements. 
  • Web site:appellawyer.com/scholarship/

  The American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: For applicants enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program. The scholarship recipient must submit an online application and mail a certification of blindness along with official transcript, letters of recommendation.
  • Web site:http://www.acb.org/scholarship

Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship Program

  • Amount (estimated): $15,000
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship Program supports graduate students whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field.
  • Web site:switzernetwork.org/become-fellow

Newkirk Fellowship Award Opportunity

  • Amount (estimated): $10,000
  • Deadline: June
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Newkirk Fellowship Award Opportunity supports UCI graduate students whose studies are directed toward research projects that engage the community with scientific knowledge and research. A letter of support by a faculty advisor is also required.
  • Web site:newkirkcenter.uci.edu/students/

Rhode Island Bar Foundation-Thomas F. Black, Jr Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $20,000
  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Thomas F. Black, Jr Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Rhode Island residents who demonstrated financial need and superior academic performance.
  • Web site:ribar.com/For%20the%20Public/GrantsAndScholarships.aspx

Equal Justice Works Fellowships

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: September
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Equal Justice Works Fellowship competition selects qualified anmad passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance.
  • Web site:www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships

Trial Advocacy Scholarship

   The Reeves Law Group Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $3,000
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Reeves Law Group is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who author winning essay. Applicants will be judged based on quality of writing, creativity of presentation, and emotion.
  • Web site:robertreeveslaw.com/scholarship/

The Public Law Section Student Writing Competition

  • Amount (estimated): $2,000
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: Articles must be submitted and written by a student enrolled as of May 13, 2014, in good standing at a California law school’s Juris Doctor program that is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
  • Web site:calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Sections/Public-Law/Student-Writing-Competition

Leesfield Scholarship

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP Civil Justice Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline:  August
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Nadrich & Cohen, LLP Civil Justice Scholarship Fund is a highly regarded legal writing competition that offers a scholarship to a deserving law student who is committed to the civil justice system. Applicants must submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words detailing the importance of jury trials in our society.
  • Web site:personalinjurylawcal.com/emergency-scholarship-fund.php

The Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Rule of Law Competition

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Beverly Hills Bar Foundation announces the third annual Rule of Law Competition to promote appreciation and understanding of the rule of law. 
  • Web site:bhba.org/index.php/rule-of-law-competition

Mendes Hershman Award Student Writing Contest

The Mendrzycki Essay Contest

The Fresno County Lawyers Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: October
  • Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a resident of Fresno County, in good academic standing. Students in law schools outside Fresno County are eligible so long as their permanent family residence address is in Fresno County, California.
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

The Harry Zekian Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): $2,500
  • Deadline: October
  • Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a resident of Fresno County, in good academic standing at a California law school accredited by the State Bar. Students in law schools outside Fresno County are eligible so long as their permanent family residence address is in Fresno County, California.
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

The Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: Awarded to law students who have successfully completed at least one year of law school, who have financial need and demonstrated leadership capabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Web site: Download the Application (PDF)

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): $10,000
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund looks for students that are involved in civil right struggles, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues.
  • Web site:www.davisputter.org/apply/apply-for-scholarships/

Justice Stephen K. Tamura Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,500
  • Deadline: October
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Justice Stephen K. Tamura Foundation offers scholarships to students who overcame financial barrier and demonstrate financial need.
  • To apply: Contact UCI Law Financial Aid Director

Jackson Lewis Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: August
  • Eligibility Requirements: Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the nation's largest labor and employment law firms, offers a generous scholarship to second or third year law student who demonstrates an interest in, or aptitude for, employment or labor law.
  • To apply: Contact UCI Law Financial Aid Director

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Fund

Jan Jancin Award

American Association of Law Libraries Scholarships

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The American Association of Law Libraries is committed to providing opportunities for professional growth. Each year, the Association awards scholarships in significant amounts in the categories listed on the web site to assist individuals in achieving their goal of becoming a law librarian. Minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Web site:aallnet.org/services/scholarships.asp

FDLI's H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions - Law Students

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline:  June
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Food and Drug Institute (FDLI) sponsors the Writing Competitions to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect foods, drugs, devices, cosmetics, and biologics.  The applicant must be enrolled in a J.D. program at any of the nation's law schools.
  • Web site:www.fdli.org/resources/academics/h-thomas-austern-memorial-writing-competition

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Diversity

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $10,000
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship program is open to continuing law students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community. The scholarship recipient must submit an application, letters of recommendation, cover letter and a 1000 word essay.
  • Web site:dri.org/dri-diversity-scholarship-program

National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA) & Sons of Italy Foundation Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: The National Italian Bar Association (NIABA) & Sons of Italy Foundation are proud to offer a scholarship to a law student of Italian descent . The scholarship recipient must submit an application, current resume, official academic transcript and a 500-750 word essay.
  • Web site:national-italian-american-bar-association-niaba-sons-of-italy-foundation

Bayanihan Law Student Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: September
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Filipino-American Lawyers of Orange County Association is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and a commitment to serving the needs of the Filipino-American community. The scholarship recipient must submit an application, personal statement, resume, letter of recommendation and academic transcript.
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellowship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: August
  • Eligibility Requirements: This fellowship is open to second year law student who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and must contribute to diverse background, community service, and commitment to practice law in a corporate law firm setting. The scholarship recipient must submit an application, a personal statement, resume and their academic transcript.
  • Web site: usascholarships.com/goodwin-2l-diversity-fellowships

 Law Preview Diversity 1L Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: LexisNexis is proud to offer a scholarship to first year law student at UC Irvine, School of Law. The scholarship recipient must submit an online application and attend a BARBRI Law Preview course.
  • Web site: lawpreview.barbri.com/scholarships/uc-irvine/

Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $10,000
  • Deadline: August
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is proud to offer a scholarship to incoming law students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, interest in corporate law, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community. Applicant must demonstrate financial need. The scholarship recipient must submit online application, an essay and their academic transcript.
  • Web site:mcca.com/resources/scholarship-program

The Islamic Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: June
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Islamic Scholarship Fund is open to Muslim student or active member of the Muslim community who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship recipient must submit an application, letters of recommendation, resume and their academic transcript.  
  • Web site:islamicscholarshipfund.org/scholarships/

California Bar Foundation-3L Diversity Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must demonstrate commitment to social justice, public service and intent to pursue legal career in California after graduating from law school. Applicant must demonstrate financial need. Interested applicants must contact the UCI School of Law Financial Aid Office for statement of nomination.
  • Web site:calbarfoundation.org/diversity-scholarships

The Los Angeles Immigration Lawyers Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, PC is proud to offer scholarship to deserving student who has overcome challenges in life that others have not had to face. The recipient must submit application, and 450 word essay detailing why you or your parents immigrated to the United States and the challenges you or your family have had to overcome as a result.
  • Web site: immigrationlawyerslosangeles.com/los-angeles-immigration-lawyers-scholarship

Walker Advertising Latino Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: Walker Advertising is proud to offer three scholarships to current law students who intent to service the Latino community. The scholarship recipients must submit an application, resume, official academic transcript, personal statement, and letter of recommendation.
  • Web site: walkeradvertising.com/scholarship/

Mark T. Banner Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: November
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in Intellectual Property Law. The scholarship recipients must submit application, resume, an essay and their academic transcript.
  • Web site: linninn.org/Pages/scholarship.shtml

The Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship is open to current law students who are SBAA members. The scholarship recipients must submit an application, resume, official law school transcript and an essay answering two topics: (1) Tell us about your ties to the Serbian-American community, and explain how you will advance the mission of the SBAA as a law student and in your future legal career (500 words or less); (2) Explain why you chose to attend law school, and what motivates you to pursue a career in law (500 words or less).
  • Web site:serbbar.org/scholarships/

Arnold & Porter Diversity Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $10,000
  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP is proud to offer a scholarship to law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and must contribute to the diverse background of the law school student body, and entering the legal professional. The scholarship recipients must submit an application, current resume, official law school transcript and a 500 word essay.
  • Web site:arnoldporter.com/en/careers/law-students-trainee-solicitors/diversity-scholarship

MALDEF Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: December
  • Eligibility Requirements: The MALDEF Scholarship is open to law students who seek to further the civil rights organization's mission and committed to advance Latino civil rights through their legal careers. The scholarship recipients must submit an application, a personal statement, one letter of recommendation, transcript and current resume.
  • Web site: maldef.org/leadership/scholarships

AABA Law Foundation's Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation is proud to offer a scholarship to Asian Pacific American law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work. The scholarship recipients must submit an application, resume, two letters of recommendation, academic transcript and a 500 word essay.
  • Web site:aaba-bay.com/aaba-foundation/foundation-scholarships/

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $10,000
  • Deadline: June
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firms of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is proud to offer three scholarships to diverse law students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and simultaneous commitment to the community. Recipients will be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of the law offices.
  • Web site:bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $20,000
  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Eligibility Requirements: The law firm of Sidley Austin LLP is proud to offer a scholarship to a rising second year law student who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership abilities and the ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school, the firm and the legal profession. Recipient will be required to join the Summer Associate Program following the second year of law school.
  • Web site:sidleycareers.com/northamerica/about/diversityscholars/

The Mexican American Bar Foundation- Scholarship Program

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility Requirements: Awarded to continuing law students who demonstrate financial need, community service, leadership experience and any hardship experienced in pursuing an education.
  • Web site:themabf.org/

The Mexican American Bar Foundation- Bar Stipend

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: The bar stipend is awarded to third-year law students who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, community service, leadership experience and any hardship experienced in pursuing an education.
  • Web site:themabf.org/

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Black Women Lawyers Association awards its scholarships on the basis of financial need, community service, academic achievement and legal writing ability. Eligibility is limited to second- and third-year law students.
  • Web site:bwlfoundation.org/scholarships/

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund encourages racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and provides financial assistance to the scholarship recipients.
  • Web site:americanbar.org/groups/diversity

Richard D. Hailey Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Richard D. Hailey Scholarship is open to all incoming first, second and third year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and biracial AAJ law student members.
  • Web site:justice.org/

ACC-SoCal's Diversity Bar Review Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility Requirements: Awarded to minority law students who demonstrate high moral character, who have met criteria of financial need, hardship and academic achievement.
  • Web site: Download the Application (PDF)

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: November
  • Eligibility Requirements: This fellowship is for New Americans to provide opportunities for continuing generations to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.
  • Web site:pdsoros.org/apply

The Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: La Raza Lawyers Association, Central Valley Chapter offers scholarships to deserving law students who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability, involvement in the Latino community with financial need.
  • Web site:larazalaw.com/events/banquet.html

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarship

The Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Program

  • Amount (estimated): $15,000
  • Deadline: March
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program sponsors educational opportunities for currently enrolled, first-year law students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Web site: fredrikson_byron_foundation_awards_minority_scholarship

California Bar Foundation - 1L Diversity Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $7,500
  • Deadline: June
  • Eligibility Requirements: Any diverse student who plans to begin their 1L year this Fall at a California law school is eligible. 
  • Web site: calbarfoundation.org/diversity-scholarships

Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County - Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: October
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino community.
  • Web site:ochba.org/scholarships

The Korean American Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: Check Website
  • Eligibility Requirements: For applicants enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program. The scholarship recipient is selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, school activities and community services.
  • Web site:  kasf.org/scholarship_info

Japanese American Bar Association

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation (JEF) was created to facilitate the awarding of scholarships to law students with a demonstrated commitment to community service, including but not limited to a commitment to serving the Japanese American community and/or the API community.
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

The Orange County Women Lawyers Foundation Diversity Bar Stipend Award

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: Recipient must be a member of an ethical or racial minority who demonstrates financial need; community service, advancement of diversity in the legal profession; and involvement with the Orange County community.
  • Web site:ocwla.org/students

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Women

Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,000
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: Current female law student who has an affiliation with one of the following counties - Fresno, Kings, Madera or Tulare.
  • Tel:fcwl.org/scholarships

The CCCBA Women's Section Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: September
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Contra Costa County Bar Association's Women's Section is proud to offer the Honorable Patricia Herron and the Honorable Ellen James Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a resident of Contra Costa County who demonstrated leadership potential, academic success, and a commitment to women's issues.
  • Web site: cccba.org/attorney/sections/women

The Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $750
  • Deadline: July
  • Eligibility Requirements: Awarded by the San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyers Association, this scholarship is open to current law students or students accepted for enrollment in law school with a demonstrated connection to San Luis Obispo County.
  • Web site:www.wlaslo.org/scholarships

Mike Eidson Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $5,000
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Mike Eidson Scholarship is awarded to a rising third-year female law student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs' lawyer or criminal defense lawyer.
  • Web site:justice.org/

The Orange County Women Lawyers Foundation Bar Stipend Award

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Eligibility Requirements: The OCWLA Bar Stipend Award includes a demonstration of financial need; community service, advancement of women or women's issues; and involvement with the Orange County community.
  • Web site: Download the Application (PDF)

The Orange County Women Lawyers Foundation Diversity Bar Stipend Award

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Eligibility Requirements: Recipient must be a member of an ethical or racial minority who demonstrates financial need; community service, advancement of diversity in the legal profession; and involvement with the Orange County community.
  • Web site: Download the Application (PDF)

Selected Professions Fellowship

American Association of Japanese University Women Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,000
  • Deadline: October
  • Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be female enrolled in an accredited California college or university. AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S.-Japan relations and development of leadership.
  • Web site: aajuw.org/

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Black Women Lawyers Association awards its scholarships on the basis of financial need, community service, academic achievement and legal writing ability. Eligibility is limited to second- and third-year law students.
  • Web site:bwlfoundation.org/scholarships/

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender

GALAS Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): $1,000
  • Deadline: February
  • Eligibility Requirements: For undergraduate and graduate studies (high school seniors and college students who are accepted/enrolled in accredited colleges/universities). Active involvement in an organization that benefits the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community. Must attend school in California. GALAS scholarship award recipient selection committee member eligible.
  • Web site:Download the Application (PDF)

M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: May
  • Eligibility Requirements: Awarded to current or incoming law students, who demonstrate a commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community in Orange County.
  • Web site:m-katherine-baird-darmer-equality-scholarship-fund

The Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship

  • Amount (estimated): $2,500
  • Deadline: April
  • Eligibility Requirements: This fellowship program is open to LGBT students working under the supervision of an attorney at a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization or government agency.
  • Web site: pridelawfund.org/fellowships/summer-fellowships/ 

Point Foundation Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship is designed to help promising LGBTQ students achieve their full academic and leadership potential despite obstacles. Scholars must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement, and financial need.
  • Web site: pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/

Pride Foundation Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: January
  • Eligibility Requirements: For applicants enrolled in a full-time graduate program. The scholarship recipient is selected on the basis of academic achievement, and promote diversity in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, or Ally (LGBTQA) community.
  • Web site: pridefoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/apply/ 

The Donald L. Snow Scholarship

  • Amount (estimated): Varies
  • Deadline: October
  • Eligibility Requirements: The Donald L. Snow Scholarship was made possible by a generous bequest from Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (LGLA) member Donald Snow. Applicants must be enrolled and in good academic standing at a law school located in Los Angeles County or Orange County at the time of the award.
  • Web site:lgla.net/student-center

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