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Scholarship Opportunities for Current Students

In addition to federal and institutional financial aid, you should consider pursuing outside scholarship sources. Some opportunities you may wish to consider are:

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MALDEF Law School Scholarship 
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund created this scholarship to assist first, second, and third year Latino law students who have financial need.

Amount: 
$7,000 (renewable)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must demonstrate involvement with and commitment to serve the Latino community through their profession.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement indicating potential for successful completion of graduate or law school.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full time.

How to Apply:
Eligibility and application materials are available online at http://www.maldef.org/education/scholarships.htm.

Application Deadline:
Contact Agency


Samuel J. Goldstein, Esq. Scholarship
This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to benefit students from Allegheny County and contiguous counties who are planning to attend or already attend law school in Pennsylvania.

Amount: 
Varies but is renewable for a second year

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington or Westmoreland counties and plan to attend or already attend an accredited law school in Pennsylvania.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must show academic promise demonstrated by a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Preference is given to applicants of the Jewish faith.
  • Applicants must maintain good grades but need not be in the top 10% of their class academically.
  • Applicants must submit an essay discussing why they are deserving of this scholarship.
  • Applicants must complete a standard admissions application and submit one letter of reference.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://pittsburghfoundation.org/node/1710.

Application Deadline:
April 22, 2014


Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established to assist Hudson County, NJ residents who attend law school or have been accepted to law school.

Amount:
$2,000 typically

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must provide proof of Hudson County, NJ residency.​
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must account for appropriate academic standards.
  • Applicants must provide two Letters of Recommendation.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should contact Susan Bogart at sab36@psu.edu to request an application form.

Application Deadline:
April 30, 2014


Mike Eidson Scholarship
Established by the American Association for Justice Women's Trial Lawyers Caucus in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a a creer as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

Amount:
Past awards have been $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be female.
  • Applicant must be in the third year of a full-time JD program or the fourth year of a part-time JD program for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Applicant must intend to pursue a career as a trial lawyer.
  • Applicant must be dedicated to upholding and defending the Constitution.

How to Apply:
Please contact Susan Bogart at sab36@psu.edu to request application materials.

Application Deadline:
May 1, 2014


Honorable Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation
This scholarship was established in honor of the late Nathan C. Staller, a Southern New Jersey trial attorney and Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, to support qualified law school student from Southern New Jersey.

Amount: 
Varies

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in law school and residents of the following counties in New Jersey: Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland.
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic merit.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

How to Apply:
A letter requesting an application should be addressed to:  The Honorable Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation, Inc.; c/o Dorothy F. McCrosson, Esq.; McCrosson & Stanton, P.C.; 200 Asbury Ave.; Ocean City, NJ  08226.  Tel:  (609) 399-2411.

Application Deadline:
May 1, 2014


PASFAA Student Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to provide financial assistance to PA residents pursuing a higher education.

Amount: 
$500 to $1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a PA resident.
  • Applicant must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program in a post-secondary institution of higher education.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA from a post-secondary institution of higher education
  • Preference will be given to applicants attending schools that are part of the PASFAA membership (Penn State Law is a member school).

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://www.pasfaa.org/docs/toc_scholarships.html

Application Deadline:
May 1, 2014


Richard L. Barbour, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in memory of former Burlington County prosecutor Richard Barbour, Jr. to provide financial assistance to students who plan to pursue a career as a prosecuting attorney.

Amount:
$5,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a New Jersey resident.
  • Applicant must be seeking to pursue a career as a prosecuting attorney.
  • Applicant must be attending or accepted for admission to a law school.
  • Winner must agree to attend the Burlington County Prosecutors' Office's PROCOPS banquet on May 15, 2014 to receive the scholarship.

How to Apply:
Please contact Susan Bogart at sab36@psu.edu to request application materials.

Application Deadline:
May 2, 2014


Essex County Bar Association Biunno Scholarship for Law Students with Disabilities
This scholarship was established by the Essex County Bar Association and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Hon. Vincent J. Biunno Memorial Fund.  It is designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school.

Amount:
Varies

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must demonstrate a present and permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual. Medical documentation establishing the nature and extent of the disability will be required.
  • Applicant must be a resident of New Jersey.  There will be a preference given to Essex County residents.
  • Applicant must be attending law school or be accepted to and commencing studies in law school.
  • Applicant must have attained a 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school, or if they are an incoming student, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
  • Preference given to a person seeking to pursue a career in the field of advocacy for persons with disabilities. Intent may be demonstrated by completing a course in disability law, work in a disability or disability-related clinic or prior job experience
  • Preference given to students who can demonstrate financial need.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should contact Susan Bogart at sab36@psu.edu to obtain an application form.

Application Deadline:
May 9, 2014


Samuel F. And Sara G. Feinman Fund

Amount: 
Up to $5,000 (interest free loans)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Preference given to applicants from the Philadelphia area
  • Preference given to applicants of the Jewish faith.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at https://www.jewishphilly.org/programs-services/educational-scholarships/educational-loan-and-scholarship-funds.

Application Deadline:
May 15, 2014


Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund
This fund was established to assist talented women to become professionals.  The fund provides scholarships for the purpose of permitting all women, preferably Jewish, to obtain professional educations.

Amount: 
$2,000-$8,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at https://www.jewishphilly.org/programs-services/educational-scholarships/educational-loan-and-scholarship-funds.

Application Deadline:
May 15, 2014


Appelman Criminal Defense Law Scholarship
This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to law students who have a criminal record.

Amount: 
$1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicant must have a criminal record (this information will be held in confidence).
  • Applicant must be enrolled or accepted to an ABA accredited law school within the US.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://aacriminallaw.com/press-media/2014-appelman-law-firm-criminal-defense-law-scholarship.

Application Deadline:
May 31, 2014


Indiana County Bar Association
Any person with a history of residency in Indiana County, PA prior to high school graduation who is currently a college senior or college graduate accepted into or currently enrolled in an accredited law school of the American Bar Association

Amount:
$2,500 annually

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have financial need.
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic merit.
  • Applicants must demonstrate character.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants must submit a letter of application to Jonathan B. Mack, Esquire, 57 South 6th St., P.O. Box 1107, Indiana, PA, 15701. The eligibility criteria listed should be addressed within your letter of interest. Applicants must also include the following: college transcripts, acceptance letter or written confirmation of current enrollment in an accredited law school, and two letters of recommendation. A personal interview will also be conducted to determine the recipient of this scholarship. Telephone contact: (724) 349-5602

Application Deadline:
June 1, 2014


Seidel Family Scholarship
The Seidel Family Scholarship was established for current or former residents of Berks County who are or will be attending The Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University. Francis F. Seidel, II established the fund to honor his son, Francis F. "Fritz" Seidel, III who was a Dickinson School of Law graduate and perished in a 1991 fire with his son.

Amount:
Varies and is set by the Berks County Community Foundation. Past awards have been approximately $8,000 renewable for second and third years of study.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have been a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania for at least two consecutive years during their secondary school years.
  • Applicants must be entering or currently attending Penn State's Dickinson School of Law to be eligible to apply.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available to download at http://bccf.org/pages/forms_new/Seidelapplication.html.

Application Deadline:
June 1, 2014


Wayne R. Donahue Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established to assist Westmoreland County residents with attending law school.

Amount: 
Varies — up to $6,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have established residency in Westmoreland County, PA for at least two years.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Pennsylvania ABA accredited law school.
  • Applicants considered based on academic performance, financial need, and community involvement.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://www.westbar.org/wbf_scholarships.

Application Deadline:
June 18, 2014


Donald Laird Hankey Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established to assist Westmoreland County residents with attending law school.

Amount:
Varies

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have established residency in Westmoreland County, PA for at least two years.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.
  • Applicants considered based on academic performance, financial need, and community involvement.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://www.westbar.org/wbf_scholarships

Application Deadline:
June 18, 2014


Davis Levin Livingston Law School Scholarship
This scholarship was established to assist law students who intend to practice public interest law.

Amount: 
$3,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a US citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the US.
  • Applicant must be attending law school in the fall of 2014.
  • Applicant must demonstrate academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must plan to pursue a career in public interest law.

How to Apply:
Application materials and guidelines are available online at http://www.davislevin.com/scholarship/.

Application Deadline:
July 1, 2014


Brett Murphy Law Firm Future Leaders Scholarship 2014
This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to law students who have an interest in personal injury law.

Amount: 
$2,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicant must be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend full-time) an accredited law school
  • Applicant must demonstrate academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.5 GPA.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://www.washingtoninjury.com/library/future-leaders-scholarship.

Application Deadline:
July 15, 2014


Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship
This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students planning to pursue a career in law.

Amount: 
$1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be U.S. citizen
  • Applicant must be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend full-time) an accredited institution of higher education
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA


How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://www.consoleandhollawell.com/pages/legal-leaders-scholarship.

Application Deadline:
July 15, 2014


Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship
This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to law students with a clean driving record.

Amount: 
$1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in the 1st or 2nd year of law school or beginning law school in the fall of 2014.
  • Applicant must be enrolled or enrolling at an ABA accredited law school within the US.
  • Applicant must be a US citizen.
  • Applicant must demonstrate academic merit.

How to Apply:
Application materials are available online at http://www.attorneysheehan.com/scholarship/.

Application Deadline:
July 31, 2014


Keystone Bar Association Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr. Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Keystone Bar Association to support African American, Hispanic, and Native American law students.

Amount:
$750, varies from year to year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in Penn State University Dickinson School of Law or Widener Universiy School of Law, Harrisburg campus.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic acheivement, and potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession.
  • Applicants must complete a form and submit an essay detailing how they meet the aforementioned criteria and include letters of recommendation from three individuals, i.e., advisor, professor, dean, employer, or attorney.

How to Apply:
Application inquiries should be directed to Pamela Cross, Esquire at pcross@pa.gov or (717) 346-7096. Entries are to be mailed to Keystone Bar Association, Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr. Scholarship, P.O. Box 61945, Harrisburg, PA 17106. Please contact Susan Bogart at sab36@psu.edu to request application materials.

Application Deadline:
September 30, 2014


Keystone Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Fellowship
This scholarship was established by the Keystone Bar Association to support African American, Hispanic, and Native American law students.

Amount: 
$500 annually, varies from year to year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be of African American, Hispanic American, or Native American ethnicity and be enrolled as third-year law students in an ABA accredited law school.
  • Applicants must have accepted a job offer to serve as an attoney in a Dauphin County law firm through the Dauphin County Bar Minority Job Fair. Others serving at  Dauphin County law firms will be considered if no eligible candidates arise from Job Fair so long as they otherwise satisy the eligibility guidelines.
  • Applicants must complete a form and submit an essay not exceeding 500 words that details their potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession through current or anticipated legal efforts.

How to Apply:
Application inquiries should be directed to Pamela Cross, Esquire at pcross@pa.gov or (717) 346-7096. Entries are to be mailed to KBA Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, P.O. Box 61945, Harrisburg, PA 17106. Please contact Susan Bogart at sab36@psu.edu to request application materials.

Application Deadline:
September 30, 2014


National Bankruptcy Forum Student Loan Scholarship
Established to provide financial assistance in reward for the best essay on the topic of student loan debt.

Amount:
$1,500

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident
  • Applicant must be law school or college student
  • Applicant must submit an essay of at least 2,000 words

How to Apply:
Apply online at http://www.natlbankruptcy.com/scholarship/.

Application Deadline:
November 15, 2014