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.
Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is offered by the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. The scholarship is one year, non-renewable award for full-time students with demonstrated financial need who are Rhode Island residents, entering their first year of law school in September of 2014. The scholarship committee seeks applications from candidates without regard to race, color, religion, country of ancestral origin, handicap, age, sex or sexual orientation..
Application materials and further information may be found here. The deadline for application filing is March 21, 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
DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2014-15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school.
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
• Demonstrated academic excellence
• Service to the profession
• Service to the community
• Service to the cause of diversity
Applications must be received by DRI no later than Monday, March 31, 2014. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and will be officially announced at the 2014 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar, June 12-13, in Chicago.
Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship
In 1978 the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund was established by Helen and Richard Fox and Friends to honor the memory of their son who, as a proud member of the Berks County (PA) Bar Association, served as a young attorney in the Public Defender’s Office. The scholarship award is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event. It is given to help fund a deserving Berks County, Pennsylvania, resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited Law School.
Please refer to www.bccf.org to apply on-line for the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship.
Applications must be submitted between January 15th and April 1st.
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 Bar Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is open to residents of Hudson County, NY who are enrolled in an ABA acredited law school.
All HCBF Scholarship application materials must be postmarked by April 30, 2014.
Thomas McGovern Scholarship
The Bristol County Bar Association is offering the Thomas McGovern Scholarship to a law student of Bristol County (MA) for the purpose of encouraging and aiding those law students in need of financial assistance to complete their preparations for a career in law. The scholarship is for students who have completed their first year of law school.
Applications and further information can be found on-line. The latest transcript of grades must accompany each application.
The application deadline is March 30, 2014.
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.
John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation
The Moakley foundation makes grants for higher education of up to $5,000 every year to students who demonstrate the following:
• Desire to contribute to the community through public or charitable service
• Financial Need
• Massachusetts Residency, with special consideration to the 9th Congressional District
There is a one page essay required for consideration.
Application deadline is April 1, 2014
New England Employee Benefits Council Scholarship
The New England Benefits Council is offering scholarships to students at a New England college or university who have completed at least one semester and have a demostrate interest in pursuing a career in the benefits field.
Further information and application materials may be found here.
Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2014.