Many scholarship opportunities are available for students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Law School Scholarships for Diverse Applicants
- ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund—Grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.
- HNBA Legal Education Fund—Programming includes law student scholarship funding, such as the Special Counsel Hispanic Scholarship Fund and scholarships presented through its joint venture with the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) for the annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition.
- Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship Program—Provides scholarship support for newly entering first-year law students pursuing a Juris Doctor (non-LLM) degree. The Scholarship Program will provide scholarships at $10,000 per year for up to three years.
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)—Supports 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.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.—Has provided over $19 million in financial support to undergraduates and law students, making it possible for hundreds of highly qualified students to attend the nation’s most competitive colleges, universities, and law schools.
- The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships—Awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.
- The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarships—The goal of these scholarships is to increase the number of underrepresented minority groups serving as intellectual property law practitioners in law firms and the intellectual property law departments in corporations.
- The Snell & Wilmer Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR)—Annually, Snell & Wilmer will name up to two FAR Fellows to receive an LSAT preparation course of the Fellow’s choosing, a stipend equal to the most current cost to both sit for the LSAT and register for the Credential Assembly Service, a 1L law school prep course, money for books for all three years of law school, a technology stipend (if needed), and mentorship from an assigned Snell & Wilmer attorney over the course of the fellowship.
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity—Founded in 1963 with a mission to provide academic enrichment and career development opportunities to talented young people from underserved and underrepresented communities.
- Zelle Diversity In Law Scholarship—Created for law students who either (1) are a member of a diverse group (broadly defined to include race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) that is 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.
Other Higher Education Scholarships for Diverse Applicants
- Accredited Schools Online—Provides information about college scholarships available for minority students.
- American Indian College Fund—Provides Native students with scholarships and provides financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which incorporate American Indian culture and language into their curriculum to honor our students’ heritage and Native identity.
- The Gates Scholarship—A highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional Pell-eligible minority high school seniors; awarded to 300 top student leaders each year.
- United Negro College Fund (UNCF)—For more than 67 years, UNCF has raised more than $3.3 billion to help more than 400,000 students attend college and graduate from college. UNCF has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the US government.