University and External Funding Opportunities
The Albuquerque Community Foundation has several scholarship and student aid programs which help New Mexico residents attain their educational goals. Each scholarship program was established by a donor with individual interests and priority areas. They represent the broad diversity of the generous individuals who care about education and believe it is the best way to give back to future generations. For this reason, requirements vary for each program.
Visit their website for information on specific opportunities, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines: http://albuquerquefoundation.org/student-aid.aspx.
Formed to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school, this scholarship offers $5,000 in assistance per year and is renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000. In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant's financial need; personal, family and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered in selection.
Qualifications: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, must be entering their first year of law school this year, and must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher. Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2015.
For more information, as well as download the application, visit the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund website.
The AIGC Fellowship Program provides approximately $1.2Million in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students annually. Graduate Fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students who meet all eligibility criteria. Fellowship amounts typically range between $1,000 and $5,000 per academic year (not including summer). Award amounts may vary from year to year depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds, and unmet financial need. The application deadline is June 1, 2015.
To find out more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/graduate-fellowships/.
Campus Pride developed the National LGBTQ Scholarship Database in partnership with Point Foundation to provide LGBT and ally students with the comprehensive scholarship and funding resources. This national database is a constantly growing list of scholarships, fellowships, and grants available specifically to LGBT and ally students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Opportunities available to graduate and professional level students include the following: AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship, APIQWTC Scholarship, Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, Gamma Mu Scholarship Program, the Point Foundation Scholarship, PFLAG Santa Fe Scholarship, and others. This searchable database contains many opportunities. Interested candidates can search by regional, state, general, and education level. Deadlines for each scholarship vary.
Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the fall semester of their second or third year of law school. The application deadline is January 12, 2015. Awards will be announced in May 2015.
For more information and/or to apply please visit: http://bannerwitcoff.com/about/diversity/.
The Expert Institute is pleased to announce the second annual Legal Blog Post Writing Contest. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize; their article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog, and distributed in their weekly newsletter. Second and third place winners will have their article published on The Expert Institute’s blog. Entries will be judged by The Expert Institute’s editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial attorneys.
To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through their online submission portal before midnight on December 31st.
Ignite Advisory Group is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a current undergraduate or graduate student seeking to enter a marketing field focused around customer engagement or research. The purpose of this scholarship is to inspire future marketing leaders to consider the querying of and direction from customers in regards to marketing planning and campaigning, and the role that customer advisory boards can play in gathering key input, engendering customer loyalty and increasing revenue.
- Attending an accredited university in the United States
- Undergraduate or Graduate School Education (MBA/LAW/Ph.D)
- Cumulative GPA of: 3.0 or higher
For more application requirements and to apply please visit http://www.igniteag.com/IgniteAG-Customer-Advisory-Board-Scholarship.aspx.
Deadline: October 1st
The IAGA will award prizes of $2,500 for each of the two best research papers written by students of accredited law schools as part of their class work during the 2013-2014 school year. The awards honor the memory of Shannon Bybee, one of the IAGA founders, who had a distinguished career as a gaming attorney, state gaming regulator, gaming industry executive, and pioneering educator in casino operations and gaming law. The awards will be announced at IAGA’s 2014 Gaming Law Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 29-31, 2014.
To be eligible, submitted papers must:
- Be prepared as part of a student’s class work at an accredited law school during the 2013-2014 school year
- Be accompanied by written confirmation from a law school instructor that the paper was written under the direction of that instructor
- Be written on a topic that either enhances the understanding of gaming law or recommends a beneficial change in gaming law
- The papers may be of any length, but it is recommended they be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, exclusive of footnoting.
- Be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Pacific time on September 1, 2014
Also, the author of each submitted paper must agree, in writing, that, if the paper is selected for the 2014 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award, IAGA may publish the paper in an IAGA publication.
For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, please contact Jennifer Roberts at email@example.com, or at (702) 383-8946.
Furthering the goal of increasing the number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in the field of patent law, the Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship awards $1,000 to a well-qualified LGBT candidate interested in pursuing a career in patent law. Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled as a student for the 2014-2015 academic year at an ABA-accredited law school, eligible to sit for the Patent Bar Exam, interested in pursuing a career in patent law, and demonstrates strong academic achievement throughout his/her academic career. Applicants should submit their completed application between June 1 and July 31. The selection committee will notify the recipient of the scholarship by October 31. For specifics on how to apply, please visit http://jeremy.protas.org/scholarship/. For questions regarding this scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Joseph J. Mullins Scholarship has been established in memory of Mr. Mullins, an Albuquerque attorney. The scholarship will be awarded to a UNM School of Law student with demonstrated interest and experience in Domestic Relations Law. The scholarship is funded by the Center for Civic Values. To apply, please submit the following materials to the UNM School of Law Admissions Office at email@example.com: an unofficial transcript and a one-page statement describing your experiences and interest in Domestic Relations Law and explaining why you believe you should be selected to receive the award and how it will help to support your legal education and goals.
The deadline for this scholarship is March 1st.
The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship 2014 is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas: pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their Juris Doctorate in any concentration of the law. Applicants must meet the following criteria: must be a U.S. citizen, a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited institution, must demonstrate admission to or enrollment in college or law school, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The application deadline is July 15.
To find out more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.consoleandhollawell.com/pages/legal-leaders-scholarship/.
MALDEF has always sought to support law students who seek to further MALDEF's mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-10 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation. MALDEF's Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full-time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most importantly, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers. MALDEF's 2013-2014 Law School Scholarship Application is due January 15, 2015. Students will be notified of the results in the summer/fall of 2014.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html.
The Earl Warren Scholarship is named for the Honorable Earl Warren, the 14th Chief Justice of the United States and former Governor of California whose stewardship of the Warren Court helped end school segregation and transform America's legal landscape. In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to social justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Preference is generally given to law students entering their first year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school. Warren Scholarships are awarded to law school applicants with exceptional academic records who are actively engaged with civil rights and public interest work. Applications are due April 30th.
For additional information and to apply, please visit: http://www.naacpldf.org/earl-warren-scholarships.
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) advances comprehensive educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States. NIEA wants to make sure that every Native student knows about other funding opportunities to help them succeed in their academic career. Through their website you will find a number of organizations who offer scholarships and internships to Native students pursuing higher education. Application requirements and deadlines vary by scholarship.
For additional information and to apply, please visit: http://www.niea.org/Scholarships/Scholarships-and-Opportunities.aspx.
The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Foundation offers scholarships on a nationwide basis to current and incoming law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Native American community as future leaders. Only law students pursuing a Juris Doctor (non LL.M) degree at an accredited law school in the U.S. at least half time as determined by the school is eligible for a NNABA Foundation Scholarship. The law school must be accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). This year (2015) the NNABA Foundation will award four (4) $2500 scholarships. The application deadline is March 15, 2015.
For more information and an application, please visit their website.
The Graduate Scholarship Program was created to increase graduate enrollment at public post-secondary institutions, particularly among those students who are minorities and women. The maximum award amount is $7,200 per year. This award may be renewed annually based on academic standing. Recipients must serve 10 hours per week in an unpaid internship or assistantship. Recipients must also be provided with 10 hours per week of paid internship or assistantship, including tuition waiver and health insurance. These scholarships are intended for full-time students from groups traditionally underrepresented in their field who have financial need and must be in their first year of study in their graduate program. The application deadline is March 1st.
For further details and to apply, please visit: http://grad.unm.edu/funding/scholarships/hed-scholarship.html.
The Tillman Military Scholarship is an opportunity for active duty military service members and Post-9/11 veterans and their spouses nationwide. The Pat Tillman Foundation selects up to 60 candidates from around the nation to receive this award annually. The Tillman Military Scholarship averages $10,000 per award and is renewable. Scholarship amounts are determined by the strength of the applicant and their funding needs. Applicants must pursue an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree as full-time students at a public or private, 4-year US-based accredited institution. Applications will become available at the beginning of February and are due on March 3, 2015.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.pattillmanfoundation.org/scholars.
The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women in Law Scholarship. The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. handles personal injury cases in Philadelphia, PA. They are dedicated to client care and personal attention. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law. This award will be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000.00 and will be paid at the beginning of the fall semester of 2015. The application deadline is December 31, 2014.
For eligibility requirements and to apply please visit: http://thepearcelawfirm.com/empowering-scholarship.
The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2015 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for his or her fall 2015 semester of law school. The application deadline is November 12, 2014.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.linninn.org/Pages/PDF/2014application.pdf.
The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) has two Scholarship Programs to encourage well-qualified law students who have the potential to make significant contributions to scholarship in natural resources law. The Programs consist of the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1980 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska, and the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993. The number of scholarships awarded thus far is 380, totaling almost $2 million. A law student enrolled full time at one of the Foundation's Constituent Law Schools listed below and who can demonstrate a commitment to study natural resources law or who is undertaking the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applications are due February 28, 2015.
For more information on these opportunities, deadlines, and how to apply, please visit: https://www.rmmlf.org/geninfo/scholarships.htm.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believes in the empowerment of single mothers through education. Education has the power to open doors for single mothers and even their children. Even though it can be difficult to care for a child while pursuing an education, the rewards of an education far outweigh the challenges. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers want to expand opportunities for single mothers who are going back to school by offering a $1,000 scholarships to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school. The application deadline is December 05, 2014. The winner will be notified via email on or before January 15, 2015.
For eligibility requirements and to apply visit: http://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/articles/single-mother-scholarship/
The purpose of the Health Law Section Scholarship is to provide financial support for students engaged in the study of law and to encourage student interest in the field of health law. The Health Law Section annually awards scholarships to University of New Mexico School of Law students who have a strong interest in health law. Eligible students must be enrolled at the University of New Mexico School of Law at the time of the award. The Scholarship will award up to a total of $400 per awardee for up to six students. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 1st, 2014.
For more information on requirements and how to apply, please review the application
The Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorneys at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates just organized the Tad Nelson Law Firm Scholarship. They are offering a $500 scholarship to aspiring lawyers. You must be a high school graduate from the state of Texas to apply. For more application requirements and to apply please visit http://tadnelsonlaw.com/scholarship-application/.
Deadline: May 31st
The U.M. Rose Scholarship, established by a bequest from the estate of Betsy B. Rose, provides financial assistance for UNM law students from southeastern New Mexico. The scholarship is funded by the Center for Civic Values. To apply, please submit the following materials to the UNM School of Law Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org: an unofficial transcript, a resume and a one-page statement demonstrating your ties to southeastern New Mexico and explaining why you believe you should be selected to receive the award and how it will help to support your legal education and goals.
The deadline for this scholarship is March 1st.
UNM Alumni Association scholarships are available to full-time students at UNM. Scholarships are awarded using a variety of factors such as academic achievement, community involvement, employment experiences, areas of study, financial need and several others. Scholarship amounts may change annually. Scholarships available to UNM School of Law students include The Executive Women International Scholarship and the AAUW Scholarship for Graduate Women. Applications are due February 27th. For detailed information and application materials, please visit: http://www.unmalumni.com/scholarships.html.
The University of New Mexico Office of Graduate Studies offers financial aid support to graduate and professional degree seeking students through a number of scholarship opportunities. For information on specific scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, please visit: http://grad.unm.edu/funding/.
The UNM Veterans Resource Center is a centralized resource department providing support to all veterans; active duty, reserve guard, separated, retired, and their dependents who attend the University. The VCR has information regarding several funding opportunities for veterans and their dependents listed on their website. For information on specific opportunities, eligibility requirements, and deadlines please visit: http://vrc.unm.edu/scholarships/index.html.
Wattel & York, is a personal injury law firm in Arizona who are making an annual scholarship available to students who are single mothers. The award will be distributed among 2 students at $500 each. Students will be requested to write a 1500-2000 word essay on very specific topics; the essay topics will be provided upon submission of the application request.
To apply, please visit http://www.wattelandyork.com/scholarship-contact/ to request an application. Upon receiving your request qualified applicants will be sent a Scholarship Application Form and confirmation email with all the details and information necessary to apply.
Deadline: December 31st
Award for: Spring 2016