Scholarship Application

Currently Available Scholarships and Awards form the SIU School of Law

 Name of ScholarshipDescriptionAward Amount

2 Pat Caporale Scholarship Fund: Open to: 1L, 2L, 3L
Any student in good academic standing enrolled at the SIU School of Law as selected by the Selection Committee using the criteria set forth herein. Preference should be given to an eligible recipient who has “made a positive impact on student life at the SIU School of Law”.
$2,000.00

3 Al H. & James Chesser Endowed Scholarship: Open to: present 1L or 2L
The award criteria are, in the following order, a law student who
    a) is or who has a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle, who is a member of the United Transportation Union or its successor labor organization;
OR
    b) is or who has a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle, who is a member of any AFL-CIO affiliated labor organization.
The student must demonstrate through academic study, community service, or essay that he or she is cognizant of the ethical issues confronting those in the practice of law and intends to pursue high ethical standards.
$4,000.00

4 Class of 1999/RSD Memorial Scholarship for Sean McBrien Dempsey Endowment Fund: Open to: 1L, 2L, or 3L
This scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing who is currently working to afford law school and can demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to a student who has provided service to the community and humanity.
$1,000.00

5 Bessie Engram Community Service Award: Open to: present 1L, 2L, or 3L
The Bessie Engram Community Service Award is to be awarded to a Southern Illinois University law student (first, second or third year) who has volunteered the most time in helping local citizens of Southern Illinois while in law school. Financial need of the recipient is preferred, but not mandatory.
$1,000.00

6 Judge James Foreman Scholarship: Open to 2L or 3L
Law student in good academic standing at the SIU School of Law. Preference should be given to an eligible recipient that a) is from or has significant ties to any of the counties comprising the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and b) has outstanding academic credentials.
$1,000.00

7 August L. `Gus` Fowler Scholarship: Open to 1L, 2L
Preference for this award shall be given to a student with financial need from Marion, Illinois. If there is no student from Marion, then the award shall go to a student with financial need from Williamson County, Illinois, or if there is none, a student with financial need from southern Illinois.
$1,000.00

8 Lisa Franke Scholarship Fund: A student enrolled in the JD/MSW dual degree program or participating in the School of Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Preference should be given to an eligible recipient that is:
  1. Female
  2. A member of the Women’s Law Caucus
$6,000.00

9 Gilbert Family Scholarship: Open to: present 2L
The Gilbert Family Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to a Southern Illinois University law student. Preference is to be given to fourth-semester students in the top 50% of the class after three semesters from the southern part of Illinois (Springfield and south) who can show economic need and evidence of service to the School of Law while a law student.
$1,500.00

10 Harold W. `Hank` Hannah Ag Law Scholarship: Open to all years
This scholarship is given to a student who majored in Agriculture (or a related field) in their undergraduate college work and who has expressed an interest in practicing agriculture law (or a related field or occupation) after graduation from law school. Preference will be given to students who majored in agriculture at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
$2,000.00

11 Health Law Contribution Award: Open to: 2L or 3L
Must have an interest in Health Law.
 

12 Charles M. Hudson Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law: Patent Bar Cost Reimbursement for students who took and passed the Patent Bar. 

13 Lowell H. Jacobson Scholarship Nominee: Open to: present 2L
The American Counsel Association provides scholarships to academically gifted and financially needy third-year law students. The Lowell Jacobson Scholarship is awarded each year to a worthy student from a law school located within the Seventh Federal Judicial District. Each law school is entitled to nominate one person as the possible recipient. The student must be a rising 3L in the next academic year and should demonstrate high scholastic standing and financial need.
The SIU nominee will compete with students nominated from other law schools within the Seventh Circuit for a scholarship. If awarded to our nominee, the scholarship will arrive in the fall of the next academic year.
 

14 David C. Johnson Scholarship: Open to: present 1L or 2L
The David C. Johnson Scholarship is to be awarded to a Southern Illinois University law student in good academic standing. The recipient must be a first generation college student, i.e., from a family where neither parent received a degree from an accredited four year college or university.
$2,000.00

15 Lincolnís Inn: Open to: 3L
The criteria for membership in Lincoln’s Inn are outstanding leadership and service to the law school and with the expectation of continued leadership and service to the law school and the legal profession.

Students should ordinarily be in the top 80% of the class, but lower rank is not an automatic disqualification.

The Committee is to select no more than 8% of the students in the Senior class for this honor.

This is an honorary award and carries no cash prize.
 

16 Madison County Illinois Bar Association Scholarship: Open to: 1L or 2L
The recipient of this scholarship must be a resident of Madison County, Illinois, who demonstrates financial need, and expresses an interest in providing legal service to the underprivileged.
$1,000.00

17 Joan Dawley & John Maher Scholarship: Open to any year
  1. Any student in good academic standing enrolled at the SIU School of Law as selected by the Selection Committee using the criteria set forth herein.
  2. Preference should be given to an eligible recipient that exhibits professionalism, demand for excellence, compassion for others, graciousness, and a commitment to cosmopolitanism and diversity.
$1,000.00

18 Judge Richard Mills Scholarship: Open to 2L or 3L
Law student in good academic standing at the SIU School of Law. Preference should be given to an eligible recipient that a) is from or has significant ties to any of the counties comprising the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and b) has outstanding academic credentials.
$1,000.00

19 James O. Monroe Writing Award: Open to: present 3L
The Judge James O. Monroe, Jr. Award is to be awarded to a Southern Illinois University third-year law student who shall have demonstrated excellence in writing or research programs which are a part of his/her law school studies.
$200.00

20 National Association of Women Lawyers Award: Open to: present 3L
The National Association of Women Lawyers Award is to be awarded to the third-year student who best fits the following criteria: the student has shown academic achievement, tenacity and drive; who contributes to the advancement of women in society; who promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; who shows promise to contribute to the advancement of women in society; and who has earned the respect of the faculty.

The recipient receives a one-year honorary membership in the NAWL, including receipt of all publications.
 

21 Scott H. Nichols Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Open to: present 1L or 2L
The Scott H. Nichols Memorial Endowed Scholarship is to be awarded to a student who is in financial need.

Note: The committee anticipates that there will be many students with financial need. Please explain any extraordinary circumstances beyond the usual loans associated with school, which make you the ideal candidate for this scholarship.
$1,000.00

22 Ronald E. Osman Endowed Scholarship: Open to: present 1 or 2L
This award is given to a student who graduated from high school in either Union or Williamson County, Illinois and is based on financial need.
$4,000.00

23 SIU School of Law Public Interest Award: Open to: present 1 or 2L
The SIU School of Law will award the Public Interest Award to one or more students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to public interest law.

Eligibility requirements: Students who have shown a dedication to public interest law while in law school and who are expected to pursue public interest work as a career goal after graduation. The students must be in good academic standing at the time of selection, but grades otherwise shall not be considered in the determination.

Definition of public interest law: The awards are intended to reward past service and encourage future legal careers in a broad range of public interest and public service contexts, including:
public service legal work, which would include, but is not limited to, legal services lawyers, public defenders, prosecutors, legislative and congressional staffers, and employees of state and local governmental agencies that cannot afford to pay wages comparable to private law firms;
non-profit public interest organizations such as those dedicated to civil rights, criminal, environmental, human rights, consumer protection, and gender or minority issues; and private public interest law firms providing similar services.
The Awards Committee should recognize a preference for students who volunteered their services on a pro bono basis while in law school, but candidates will not be disqualified merely because they received academic credit or monetary remuneration. In applying this broad definition shown above, the Awards Committee shall recognize a preference for past services and/or future careers that serve the legal needs of the poor and under-represented.
 

24 Judge Richard E. Richman Ethics Scholarship: Open to: present 2L
This scholarship is given to a 2L law student enrolled in Legal Profession in the upcoming academic year and who intends to practice in southern Illinois and has demonstrated service to the Law School.

Academic achievement is not to be considered as this award is made of the basis of financial need.
$4,000.00

25 Judge Richard E. Richman Endowed Scholarship: Open to: present 2L
This scholarship was established in memory of Judge Richard E. Richman. It goes to a student (present 2L) to use during the studentís final year in law school. The recipient criteria encompass character, verbal skills, humanity, and compassion.
Applicants should submit at least three letters of recommendation (with no more than one letter written by a School of Law faculty member) and a short essay on the topic, ďMy Role as a Lawyer in Society.Ē
The recipient is selected by a committee consisting of the Dean and two members outside the School of Law.
$6,000.00

26 Donnie J. Schmeder Scholarship: Open to: present 1 or 2L
Preference is to be given to a Southern Illinois University law student who will be in his/her second or third year during the upcoming Fall Semester (i.e., a present 1L or 2L) from Southern Illinois (meaning south of Springfield, Illinois) who is studying one or more of the following fields: Employment Law; Environmental Law; Health Law; or a related field.
$500.00

27 Womenís Bar Foundation Scholarship:
The School of Law nominates two 2L students each year to compete for the Womenís Bar Foundation of Illinois scholarship.
The nominations are based upon academic excellence and community involvement, and the potential to become future leader in the legal community.
  • 2L female law student;
  • Strong academic record;
  • Present and past extracurricular activities reflecting community involvement or participation in activities within and outside the law school that show a commitment to public service or public interest law;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • Involvement with diversity initiatives within law school or the legal community; and
  • Personal qualities that suggest a future leadership role in the community.
The nominees will be interviewed by the WBF in Chicago. One will be selected to receive a scholarship to be awarded in the Fall of the next academic year.
 

29 Edgar O. & Bonnie Zimmer Law Scholarship: Open to present 2L
The Edgar O. and Bonnie Zimmer Law Scholarship is to be awarded at the beginning of the fall semester to a senior in the School of Law who has indicated an intention of becoming a part of the community life of Southern Illinois. Students should be in their fourth semester of law school when applying.

Southern Illinois means the Illinois counties of Monroe, Randolph, Perry, Hamilton, Franklin, White and all counties south thereof, except Jackson County.

The student shall be chosen according to the following guidelines:
  1. Scholastic achievement need not be the sole criterion, but grades shall be satisfactory.
  2. Need shall not be a necessary criterion, but other financial assistance available to applicant shall be considered.
  3. The needs of the community in which applicant contemplates locating should also be considered.
  4. Applicant must be of good moral character with the potential of becoming an active participant in the affairs of the community.
$1,000.00

30 Jackson County Bar Association Scholarship: The Jackson County Bar Association Scholarship is open to any SIU law student (1L, 2L and 3L). Preference will be given to a law student who is a member of the Jackson County Bar Association. Applicants should be in the top 50% of their class and have participated in volunteer legal work in Jackson County. This may include participation in law school clinical programs. Applicants should also evidence an intent to practice law in Jackson County after graduation. 

31 Natural Resources Award: A third-year student in good academic standing enrolled during the previous semester at the SIU School of Law as selected by the Awards Committee using the criteria set forth herein.
  • The student who receives the highest grade in a natural resources law class; and
  • A student who has demonstrated an interest in Natural Resource law.
$500.00