University and External Funding Opportunities

The Albuquerque Community Foundation

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:

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

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 3, 2014.

For more information, as well as download the application, visit the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund website.

American Indian Graduate Center

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, 2014.

To find out more information and to apply, please visit:

Campus Pride - National LGBTQ Scholarship Database

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.

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to rising (2014–15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

For eligibility requirements and application materials, please visit: Application materials are due March 31, 2014.

International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) 2014 Shannon Bybee Scholarship

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 Scholarshp 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, or at (702) 383-8946.

Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship

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, 2014. The selection committee will notify the recipient of the scholarship by October 31, 2014. For specifics on how to apply, please visit For questions regarding this scholarship, please email

The Joseph J. Mullins Scholarship

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 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.

Legal Leaders Scholarship

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 meeting 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, 2014.

To find out more information and to apply, please visit:

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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 Monday, January 27, 2014. Students will be notified of the results in the summer/fall of 2014.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

The NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund – The Earl Warren Scholarship

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 30, 2014.

For additional information and to apply, please visit:

New Mexico Higher Education Department Graduate Scholarship Program

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:

The Pat Tillman Foundation

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 on February 7, 2014 and are due on March 6, 2014.

For more information and to apply, please visit

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

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 March 31, 2014.

For more information on these opportunities, deadlines, and how to apply, please visit:

State Bar of New Mexico Health Law Section 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 U.M. Rose Scholarship

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 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.

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association

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 March 3rd. For detailed information and application materials, please visit:

The University of New Mexico Office of Graduate Studies

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:

The University of New Mexico Veterans Resource Center

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:

Zelle Hofmann 2014 Diversity Scholarship

Zelle Hofmann ( is pleased to announce the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship will be offered again in 2014. The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient's law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student's second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student's third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student's second year of law school. The application deadline is April 1, 2014.

To find out more information and to apply, please visit: