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Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship of
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation

The Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship Program, established in 2013, provides a $3,000 scholarship to a fulltime, 3L Pennsylvania resident involved in the Penn State Dickinson School of Law trial advocacy program.

The scholarship is awarded annually, on a competitive basis. When the University Park and the Carlisle campuses become separately accredited law schools, the scholarship will be awarded to a student at the Carlisle campus accredited law school.

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • Enrolled as a fulltime student at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law;
  • 3L/Third year student;
  • Pennsylvania resident as documented by applicant’s voter registration card or Pennsylvania driver’s license;
  • Involved in the trial advocacy program as affirmed by student and evidenced by unofficial academic transcript;
  • Interested in pursuing trial advocacy after graduation as discussed in the applicant’s 250- 500-word essay and evidenced by the applicant’s recommendations; and
  • A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Student Division which is free for electronic members. Sign-up Here

Applications are due December 1, 2014, and the scholarship will be awarded by December 31, 2014.

Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation FAQs

2014 Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship Application


2013 Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Lindsay A. Berkstresser

Ms. Berkstresser is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University, where she received a B.A. in Business Administration, and a 2014 Juris Doctorate candidate. As a second-year law student, Ms. Berkstresser placed first for the plaintiff’s attorney in the Law School’s Mock Trial Competition. She is a senior advocate on the Moot Court Board, competes on the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team, and is actively involved in promoting the Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program as vice president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for the Carlisle campus. She is also the law student representative of the PBA YLD, and was one of the 2012 recipients of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship awards.