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External scholarships

Wayne Law students often qualify for merit awards from external organizations. The links below provide additional information that may be useful as you look for ways to supplement funding for your legal education.

Note: Wayne State University Law School doesn't endorse any of these sponsors or the information/products presented on the sites listed.

Mark T. Banner scholarship 
The Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship will award $5,000 to a legal student at an American Bar Association accredited school who will continue in that program through fall 2016 and who is committed to pursuing a career in intellectual property law. 

Howell & Christmas LLC Visionary Scholarship – Nov. 30 deadline (fall semester), July 31 deadline (spring semester)
Howell & Christmas LLC of South Carolina will award a Visionary Scholarship of $1,000 to a high-achieving, bright student who intends to pursue a career in law.

Staver Law Group Personal Injury ScholarshipDec. 1, 2016 deadline
The Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship will award $2,000 towards educational expenses to a person who has been injured in an accident or impacted by a loved one’s accident.  

Goodman Acker Law School Scholarship 
This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who has achieved high academic achievement, submitted an original essay and is attending or has been accepted to an accredited law school in the United States. This includes students enrolled at an accredited four-year university who have been accepted to a law school. (Copy of acceptance letter will have to be included in application submission).

Brown PC National Tax Law and National Business Law Scholarships 
Brown PC, a Texas law firm, is accepting applications for the firm’s National Tax Law and National Business Law Scholarships. Both awards provide a $500 stipend to a second- or third-year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax or business law.

Georgia law firm John Foy & Associates introduces the first-ever “Strong Arm” Leukemia Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it. 

Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel ScholarshipFeb. 1, 2017 deadline
A law student attending an accredited school in the U.S. will win $1,000 towards their educational expenses from Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel, a law firm in San Jose, Calif. 

The Michael Kiely Strong Roots Scholarship 
This scholarship awards $500 to a student committed to building healthy communities. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit official transcripts.
The Seth Okin Good Deeds Scholarship and Essay contest will award one winner $500 to pursue educational goals with the ultimate purpose of creating a meaningful life of service to others.
The Edward Tayter Outstanding Citizen Scholarship and Essay Contest aims to give demonstrated community leaders and dedicated citizens an opportunity to purse the education that will inform and better their causes. 
Air and Waste Management Association, East Michigan Chapter – March 30, 2017 deadline
Two $2,250 Scholarships will be awarded to students studying for careers that advance environmental sustainability, including environmental law.
This scholarship awards $2,500 annually to a law student who has demonstrated an interest in a career as a trial lawyer, a desire to represent the injured and a commitment to a fair civil justice system.

The Johnston Law Firm LSAT Prep Course Scholarship
The LSAT Prep Course Scholarship by The Johnston Law Firm, LLC will cover the cost of an LSAT prep course or $1,000, whichever is less, for a full-time college student intending to enroll in law school.
Achievement and Abilities Scholarship – July 31, 2016 deadline
Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys will award $1,500 to an undergraduate or graduate university student who has cerebral palsy or has a family member with cerebral palsy.
Bloomfield Hills law firm Reiter & Walsh will award $1,500 to a university or law school student who sustained a birth injury or who has a family member affected by a birth injury. 
Crandall Pera Wilt Legal ScholarshipNov. 15, 2016 deadline
The Crandall Pera Wilt Legal Scholarship awards $3,000 annually to a first-year law student who has demonstrated an interest in a career as a trial lawyer and a passion for representing injured individuals whose rights have been jeopardized.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarships – Various deadlines
Various scholarships are available through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Voelker Foundation Native American Scholarships – Rolling deadline
This scholarship is awarded to an enrolled member of a federally recognized Michigan or Wisconsin tribe who plans to use legal education to benefit Native American people. 

Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies 
This scholarship honors the memory of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s former executive director. Up to five $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually. 

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship – April 1, 2017 deadline
This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school and who is either a member of an ethical or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

Minority Corporate Counsel Association Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship 
This scholarship is available to diverse, full-time J.D. students who have overcome obstacles, are outstanding and promising scholars, have an interest in corporate law, and possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Western Michigan Bar Association Scholarships 
Recipients for this scholarship are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership ability, commitment to community service and the desire to practice law in the western district of Michigan.

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Awards for Outstanding Women Law Students 
Candidates for these scholarships must demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations. 

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 
Applicants for this fellowship must be New Americans (naturalized citizens, green card holders or DACA recipients if born abroad; children of naturalized citizens if born in the United States) who are no more than 30 years old as of the application deadline. Incoming, first- and second-year law students may apply; selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the constitution and the bill of rights.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students 
Sponsored by Banner & Witcoff, this scholarship is open to all law students who are members of a minority group, including any group traditionally underrepresented in the field of intellectual property law.

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund Scholarships 
These scholarships are for current law school students who plan to advance the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession.

Otto Stanfield Law Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Students
This scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist students entering or attending law school at the graduate level. 

Community Foundation of Monroe County scholarships 
More than three dozen scholarships are available through the Community Foundation of Monroe County.

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund 
This fund grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Scholarships 
The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation awards scholarships of $10,000 or more to minority law students.

Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships 
Three different scholarships are awarded annual to second- and third-year law students.

W. L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships
Two scholarships are available to graduates of Canadian universities: the Open Scholarship for students in any discipline and the Travelling Scholarship for those studying international or industrial relations.

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship
This scholarship was established to provide scholarships to graduates of Berks County, Pa., high schools who are entering their second year at an accredited law school.

Rhode Island Bar Foundation Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship 
This scholarship is a one year, non-renewable award for Rhode Island residents who will be entering their first year of law school full time in September 2015.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarships 
These scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage with college expenses. Award amounts generally range from $500 to $5,000. 

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program 
The National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based scholarships worth $3,000 to $12,000.

Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan 
Various scholarships are available through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.

Warner Norcross & Judd Minority Scholarship Program
This program awards $5,000 to a law school student each year.

Zelle Hofmann Diversity in Law Scholarship 
This $30,000 scholarship is for law students who belong to a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law or demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by the scholarship. 

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Earl Warren Scholarship 
These scholarships are awarded to law school applicants with exceptional academic records who are actively engaged with civil rights and public interest work. 

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Various scholarships are available through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. 

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship program is open to first- or second-year students as well as students entering law school in the fall of 2015. Applicants must belong to an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within the legal profession.

Forum Foundation GLBT Leadership Scholarships 
The Forum Foundation awards the LaTosch/Stahl Scholarship, in memory of baby Conner Andrew LaTosch and foundation benefactor Ed Stahl, as well as the Holmberg/Horne Scholarship, named for humanitarian and teacher Lee Holmberg and long-time foundation member Ernie Horne, to encourage more leaders in the GLBT community.

Scholarship search sites

Scholarship America

U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Search

Scholarships for international students

The eduPASS website has scholarship and other financial options for students who are not U.S. citizens.

Scholarship scams

Be aware of tactics companies use to convince students to utilize their services:
Federal Student Aid Information on financial aid scams

Although we do verify our external links regularly, we would appreciate it if you would notify the Law School Financial Aid Office if you find any bad links or inaccurate information.


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