This December, the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will award up to $12,000 in scholarship assistance to Pennsylvania residents attending the nine accredited law schools serving the state. The application deadline is December 1, and the awards will be made prior to the end of the calendar year.
The James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation provides three, $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically dedicated to the support of historically underrepresented minority law students of African-American, Hispanic-American or Native American ancestry. Named after one of the Foundation’s most devoted supporters, the James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship is open Pennsylvania residents in their second year of a fulltime law school program or third year of a part-time program. To be eligible, applicants must be or become law student members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association which is free for law students choosing to become electronic members, demonstrate financial need and good academic standing and submit an application that includes: proof of residency; an unofficial copy of a current academic transcript; a maximum of two recommendations; and a 500-word essay that describes how the applicant plans to demonstrate his/her potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession.
The Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation provides a $3,000 scholarship to a fulltime, third year Pennsylvania resident involved in the Penn State Dickinson School of Law trial advocacy program. Foundation Vice President Michael J. McDonald created the Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship through the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s Named Scholarship Program in 201, to honor the memory of his father and to establish a lasting legacy for law students at his alma mater. The scholarship is awarded annually on a competitive basis, and like the Stoudt Scholarship, membership in the PBA Law Student Division is required as is the submission of an application that includes: proof of Pennsylvania residency and fulltime enrollment at Penn State Dickinson School of Law; an unofficial copy of a current academic transcript and a maximum of two recommendations that evidence trial advocacy course work and/or interest; and a 500-word that discusses how the applicant intends to pursue trial advocacy after graduation.