SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Since 2006, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP has provided scholarships and opportunities to law students of diverse backgrounds. The annual Unity Dinner serves as the main fundraiser for these scholarships. Each year, our legal community has joined together to raise enough funds to provide an increasing number of scholarships. The scholarships we offer run the gamut of those students interested in public service upon graduation to those who are leaders and achievers in the legal community. Our scholarships are open to all who are dedicated to having our legal community represent the community at large.

The DSF is now formally accepting applications for its 2020 scholarships. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is September 14, 2020. We encourage all law students in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana to apply. The Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP supports students seeking a career in the legal profession who have maintained a high GPA and are actively participating or supporting diversity related programs.

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Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship AwardThis Scholarship will be awarded to a student who actively advocates for diversity within the legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.*

Public Interest Advocate Scholarship AwardThis Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged.  Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.*

Leaders & Achievers Scholarship AwardNew in 2019, this Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who has demonstrated their leadership skills and used those skills to help achieve diversity and inclusion within the legal community.  Those students applying for this award must have their recommenders include information about how the scholarship applicant has been a “leader & achiever.”  Eligible students maintain a 3.2 GPA.* 

LSAT Scholarship AwardThis Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.* The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.

Law Student with a Disability AwardOriginally established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell-Viamontes as an invitation to wedding guests to make donations in lieu of traditional wedding gifts, this Scholarship has helped fund and support deserving law students with disabilities.  This scholarship will be awarded to a law student with a disability attending an accredited law school in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana.  There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship.

Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship AwardThis Scholarship is awarded to third-year law students who have demonstrated academic ability and the need for financial assistance.  This scholarship is intended to help off-set the cost of a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana State Bar Exam preparation course.

*The DSF reserves the right to waive the GPA requirements to well-deserving students who tirelessly advocate for diversity. You must have completed at least two semesters of law school (and have a transcript) to qualify for all but the LSAT scholarship.

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