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Outside Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid encourages students to research and apply for outside scholarships. Please note that we do not endorse any of these donors and are unaware of their privacy standards.  

Multiple or No Deadline

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship:  The May Firm Injury Lawyers of Calsbad, California will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who can write a 300 word essay in response to what would really make drivers stop texting and driving.  Applications due January 15th and September 15th of each year.  Go online for additional details.   

The Wells Veterans Emergency Grant ProgramWells Fargo has emergency grant funds available for eligible veterans who are enrolled in a postsecondary educational program, and experience unexpected financial difficulties.  Grants of up to $1,000 are available once for students who have emergency needs, such as rent, utilities, daycare, and medical expenses.  There is no deadline for application, but funds for said grant may be exhausted.  Details available online.   

February Deadline 

Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate StudentsSallieMae offers a $20,000 scholarship to a student who shares their unique path to graduate school and the dreams they how to accomplish with their degree. Details available online.  

University Of Oklahoma College of Law Writing Competition:  The University Of Oklahoma College Of Law is pleased to award first place $1,000, second place $500 and third place $250 to a law student willing to write on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. Go online for additional details  

March Deadline   

The Ed Mendrzycki Essay ContestThe ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability sponsors in-part this writing competition.  The topic invites entrants to write a 3,000 word essay regarding a hypothetical regarding conflicts of interest that arise when a partner at a law firm chooses to represent a disgraced former executive of the firm's oldest and most loyal client, the effect of sexual harassment allegations among the attorneys working on the executive's case, and the firm's obligations to the client and the employee in light of these revelations.  First place prize is $5000. Details available online.  

April Deadline 

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund: Helen and Richard Fox and Friends offer a $3,000 scholarship to a law school student that graduated from a high school located in Berks County, PA. Go online for additional details.   

The 2020 Sidney B. Williams Scholarship The American Intellectual property Law Education Foundation sponsors a $10,000 scholarship for incoming 1Ls with a demonstrated interest in exploring a career in patent law with demonstrated financial need. Must submit FAFSA, copies of undergrad, graduate, and law transcripts (if applicable), one or more letters of recommendation, identification of membership in an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group, law school admission status, US citizenship, and resume. Details available  online.  

May Deadline   

The Law Offices of Randolph Rice Scholarship:  The Law Offices of Randolph Rice of Lutherville, Maryland awards a $1,500 scholarship to a student willing to create an infographic on injuries in America. Go online for additional details.   

The 2020 OACTA Hilary S. Taylor Inclusion and Equity ScholarshipThe Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys sponsors two $2,500 scholarships for incoming second and third year students who are ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, women, or from an economically impoverished background.   Applicants must submit an application, transcript, a short cover letter addressing their accomplishments and why they deserve the scholarship, and at least one letter of recommendation. Details available online.   

Law Student Assistance Fund:  The Community Foundation of Shelby County offers a $3,500 scholarship to a entering their third year of law school who is a graduate of a high school in Shelby County or an abutting county. Go online for additional details.   

The Empowering Women in Law ScholarshipThe Pearce Law Firm of Philadelphia awards $1,500 to a female law student with a GPA of at least 3.0 and the ability to write a pair of short essays regarding the top challenges women face in the legal community, and how the applicant’s female role models inspired her. Details available  online.   

The Georgetown Law Technology Review Writing CompetitionGeorgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy, along with the school’s Law Technology Review sponsor this writing competition.  Entrants can submit open papers addressing legal or policy questions regarding AI, machine learning, data analytics, and algorithmic based decision making.   Prizes include $4,000 for first prize, $2,500 for second, and $1,000 for third place.  Winning papers may be published. Details available online.   

June Deadline  

One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship: The BARBRI Law Preview sponsors a $10,000 scholarship available to incoming 1L law students. Details available  online.    

The Hedding Law Firm Scholarship: The Los Angeles-based Hedding law firm provides a $2,500 scholarship to law students willing to write a 500 word essay potential solution to the country’s high recidivism rate.  Details available  online.