The major source of Suffolk Law School awards is the Trustee Grant. Trustee Grants are awarded based on financial need and do not have to be repaid. Students who file the required financial aid forms by the priority filing date will be automatically considered for grant monies from this fund. Applications received after the priority filing date will be considered for a Trustee Grant on a funds available basis. Award amounts vary. Grants are renewed each year provided recipients reapply by the financial aid deadline and their financial need remains similar.
Sargent Scholarships are awarded to incoming students on the basis of significant financial need and strong academic credentials. Sargent Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Award amounts vary. The scholarships are renewed each year provided recipients maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and continue to demonstrate financial need. Awards are for Suffolk University Law School tuition only. Funds are posted to students’ tuition accounts after the fourth week of classes.
Academic Leadership Scholarship Awards
Academic Leadership Scholarships are awarded to the top five students in each section (for both Day and Evening Divisions) as they are about to enter their second year. Students ranked first in their section receive a scholarship worth 50% of tuition; those ranked 2 through 5 receive a scholarship worth 25% of tuition. Academic Leadership Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Recipients must remain in the top 20% of their class to renew the scholarship. Awards are made in July.
Trustee Academic Scholarships†
Trustee Academic Scholarships are merit-based funds awarded by the Admissions Committee shortly after an applicant is admitted to the Law School. Recipients will be notified by the Office of Admissions. Scholarships are awarded to students based on outstanding academic achievement and do not have to be repaid. Award amounts vary. Scholarships are renewed each year provided recipients maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
These "named" scholarships are funded by gifts from donors and foundations, and are awarded to students who meet the donors' designated criteria. Qualifications and award amounts vary, but the determination of the award is generally based on financial need and scholastic achievement. Endowed scholarships do not have to be repaid.
Students applying for financial aid are automatically considered for these funds, based on the information provided in the student's application. Scholarships that require a separate application will be posted, when the application is available, to Campus Cruiser and in the Current Outside Scholarship Opportunities section below.
†Important Notes on Scholarship Retention
85% of students awarded Trustee Merit or Sargent Scholarships retain their scholarships in their second year of study. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) makes every effort to assist students who, for academic reasons, lose their original scholarships. Students who drop below the required GPA may be reconsidered for scholarship funding once their GPA again meets the required level. Reconsideration will take place after the spring semester of each year, once spring grades are available and a cumulative GPA has been calculated. In addition, with funding permitting, once fall semester, mid-year grades are available, students may also be reconsidered by the OFA for scholarship reinstatement. Students should note that any reinstatement of scholarship funding is not retroactive. Affected students will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid regarding any change in their award.
o Trustee Merit Scholarships are awarded based on academic qualifications only. A Trustee Merit Scholarship recipient who is eligible to continue their enrollment at Suffolk but whose GPA falls below 3.0 and therefore loses their Trustee Merit Scholarship will be considered for financial aid if they apply for financial aid by the appropriate deadlines for returning students and demonstrate financial need.
o Sargent Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic qualifications. A Sargent Scholarship recipient who is eligible to continue their enrollment at Suffolk but whose GPA falls below 3.0 and therefore loses their Sargent Scholarship will receive 75% of their original Sargent Scholarship amount as a Trustee Grant if they apply for financial aid by the appropriate deadlines for returning students and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Yellow Ribbon Scholarships
Yellow Ribbon Scholarships are awarded to qualified U.S. veterans approved by the VA for participation in the program. Award renewal is contingent on continued eligibility as determined by the VA. More information on the Yellow Ribbon Program and Suffolk’s commitment can be found on Suffolk University’s Veteran Services web page. Funds are posted to students’ tuition accounts once received from the VA.
The Office of Financial Aid posts scholarship opportunities available from non-Suffolk University Law School sources as they are provided to us.
Appelman Law Firm Criminal Defense Law Scholarship
The Appelman Law Firm is proud to announce the first annual Criminal Defense Law Scholarship. The winner will receive $1000 towards their law school tuition. See the eligibility requirements and the application.
Completed applications must be submitted no later than May 31, 2014.
Buckfire & Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship
The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its second annual 2014 Law School Diversity Scholarship for law students. The scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society. The Law School Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
Application materials and further information may be found here. The application deadline is May 31, 2014
Citizens Bank TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship®
Now in its fourth year, Citizens Bank will award a total of $50,000 to students who demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership. .A total of 10, $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to U.S. residents who are 16-years of age or older and are attending or accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program and who have been active in community service. The scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applicants are asked to write an essay of no more than 500 words demonstrating their good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership. They must also provide two references that are directly connected to their community involvement. For full details, go to www.citizensbank.com/scholarship.
The application period for the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship will begin Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and run through Tuesday, May 6, 2014 or until 2,000 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.
Future Leaders Scholarship
The Brett Murphy Law Firm is offering an annual $2000 scholarship, called The Future Leaders Scholarship 2014, for law students who are working towards a Juris Doctorate Degree and who have an interest in personal injury law. Scholarship applicants should go to the website at http://www.washingtoninjury.com/library/future-leaders-scholarship to learn more about this scholarship and its requirements, and to access the scholarship application form.
Brett Murphy will be accepting applications until July 15, 2014, and will notify the recipient on or about August 15, 2014.
Joseph H. Gellert, Dutchess County Bar Association Scholarship
Created by the law firm of Gellert & Klein, in honor of its founder, and supplemented by members of the the community, the $1000 scholarship is awarded through the Dutchess County Bar Association to a resident of Dutchess County, NY, who is matriculated in, and who has completed one year in an accredited law school. Further information and application materials may be obtained at www.cfhvny.org .
Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2014.
Hudson County NY Bar Foundation Law School Scholarships
The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the September 2014 – May 2015 term. The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded 45 scholarships. Students must be bona fide residents of Hudson County, NY; must demonstrate financial need; must provide two (2) current letters of recommendation and must account for appropriate academic standards.
Application deadline is April 30, 2014.
Lawrence Bar Association
The Lawrence Bar Association is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program for the year 2014. This year there are two scholarships available: (1) $5,000 provided by the Sargent Battershill Fund and, (2) $4,000 provided by the Lawrence Bar Association Educational Trust. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Scholarships are available to law students from ANDOVER, LAWRENCE, METHUEN and NORTH ANDOVER. Students must be currently attending law school.
The application may be obtained at our website www.lawrencebar.org.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2014
Massachusetts Assoication of Women Lawyers Scholarship Foundation (MAWL)
MAWL is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the scholarships established by the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers’ Scholarship Foundation, which consist of the scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each honoring the Honorable Sheila B. McGovern and Carol DiMaiti. One application is sufficient to apply for both awards. The scholarships are offered to students entering their second and third year of law school and are based on financial need, academic ability, and each candidate’s personal statement. The Honorable Sheila B. McGovern Scholarship and the Carol DiMaiti Scholarship will be awarded at their annual banquet which will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Venezia Restaurant at 20 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA 02122. The recipients must be in attendance in order to receive an award.
Applications are due no later than May 12, 2014 and should be mailed to M.A.W.L., c/o Barbara M. Senecal, 45 School Street, 3rd Floor, Old City Hall, Boston, MA 02108.
Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
As part of their commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school as well as students accepted to a law school for fall 2014 enrollment.
Further information and application materials may be found on their website.
All application materials must be received on or before May 1st, 2014 for consideration.