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SCHOLARSHIPS

DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP: Download application

The Dean’s Scholarship was established by Dean Broderick in 2001. The scholarship is funded by late registration fees and fees that are collected for late examinations.

The purpose of the fund is to award a scholarship annually to one or more law students enrolled at Empire College School of Law to assist them in the completion of their legal education. The amount awarded to each scholarship recipient will be within the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee is comprised of three faculty members.

The Scholarship Committee will consider the following attributes when selecting a scholarship recipient:
• Financial need;
• Community involvement;
• School leadership; and
• Academic promise.

Applicant’s wishing to be considered for this scholarship should complete and submit the Application for Dean’s Scholarship form, available in the Law School office.


KATHERINE THORNHILL SCHOLARSHIP: Download application

Katherine Thornhill is a graduate of Empire College School of Law, Class of 1991. The Katherine Thornhill scholarship was established to provide scholarships for students attending Empire College School of Law. The awards are based on financial need. The amount of the scholarship varies from year-to-year.


OLGA GRACEY SCHOLARSHIP: Download application

The Olga Gracey Scholarship was established by the Student Bar Association of Empire College School of Law in March 1981 in memory of Olga Gracey, a first-year law student who died tragically in a fire in February of the same year. Students, friends, and family members contributed to the original trust fund. During the academic year of 1993-1994, Professor Nancy Ryan donated a percentage of the proceeds from her seminars to this scholarship fund.

The purpose of the trust is to award a scholarship annually to qualified first-year law students enrolled at Empire College School of Law. The amount awarded to each scholarship recipient is to equal the cost of all textbooks required for the first-year course of study for the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded.

The Scholarship Committee is comprised of three faculty members. The criteria for the selection of each scholarship applicant is as follows:

1. Each recipient must be a woman;
2. She must be self-supporting; and
3. She must be enrolled in her first year of study at Empire College School of Law.

In addition, the Scholarship Committee will consider the following attributes when selecting a scholarship recipient:
• Financial need;
• Apparent social commitment; and
• Academic promise.


THIRD-PARTY SCHOLARSHIPS

A variety of third-party scholarships have been received by Empire College School of Law students. Some examples are the Sonoma County Women in Law Scholarship and the Michael F. O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship. Many law firms throughout the United States offer private scholarships from their firms. We maintain a binder of these companies and their scholarships in the Law School office. Students are eligible to apply for multiple opportunities and may receive scholarship awards from one or more participating law firms.

 

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