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Scholarships & Awards

Only current SIU School of Law students may apply for the following competitive scholarships and awards.

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Beth and Darin Boggs Scholarship

Open to 1L, 2L, 3L

Winner of annual ping pong tournament


Pat Caporale Scholarship

Open to 1L, 2L, 3L

Scholarship will be open to all applicants with the following qualifications, regardless of race or ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or marital status, national origin, disability, age or veteran status in accordance with the SIUC Affirmative Action Policy:

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 who has "made a positive impact on student life at the SIU School of Law."


 Al H. and James A. 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.


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.


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 the Southern District of Illinois.


Lisa Franke Scholarship

The Lisa Franke Scholarship will be open to all applicants with the following qualifications, regardless of race or ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or marital status, national origin, disability, age or veteran status in accordance with the SIUC Affirmative Action Policy:

1. A student enrolled in the JD/MSW dual degree program or participating in the School of Law's Domestic Violence Clinic.

2. Preference should be given to an eligible recipient that is 1) female or 2) a member of the Women's Law Caucus.

The scholarship may also be designated for a student who exhibits the following characteristics: endless enthusiasm, an outgoing personality, strong leadership ability, a commitment to civic and charitable causes, and the ability to motivate others to become involved in important causes.


Gilbert Family Memorial Scholarship

Open to 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.


Harold W. "Hank" Hannah Agricultural Law Scholarship

Open to 1L, 2L, 3L

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.


Health Law Contribution Award

Open to 2L & 3L

This scholarship is given to a student who has demonstrated an interest in health law.


Charles M. Hudson Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law

(Cost of patent bar reimbursement)

Open to 1L, 2L & 3L

This scholarship is awarded to a student who has taken and passed the Patent Bar exam.


Jackson County Bar Association Scholarship

Open to 1L, 2L & 3L

This scholarship is awarded to a SIU Law Student who is a member of the Jackson County Bar, is in the top 50% of his or her class, has participated in volunteer work in Jackson County, which may include participation in the clinical programs at the law school, and intends to remain in Jackson County to practice law.  Short essay required.


Lowell H. Jacobson Scholarship Competition (Nomination)

Open to present 2L

(We are relying on the past practice of the Seventh Circuit in announcing this award.) This award is given to a law student in the federal Seventh Circuit. Each law school is entitled to nominate one person as the possible recipient. The student must be in his/her third year in the 2010-2011 school year and "should have demonstrated legal ability and achievement in [his/her] law school, including high scholastic standing and either legal writing or extracurricular activities such as law review or other journal, moot court clinical program, etc. The nominee should be in need of the scholarship to complete law school. Our typical Scholarship Award recipients have exemplified personal commitment and sacrifice to pursue their legal careers."

The SIU nominee will compete with students nominated from other law schools within the Seventh Circuit.


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. This scholarship will be applied to the recipient's Bursar Account in 2010-2011.


Lincoln's Inn (Certificate Only)

Open to 3L

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 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. Separate application required.


Judge James O. Monroe, Jr. 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.


National Association of Women Lawyers Award (NAWL Membership)

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; contributes to the advancement of women in society; who promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; shows promise to contribute to the advancement of women in society; and has earned the respect of the faculty.

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


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.


SIU School of Law Public Interest Award

Open to present 1L 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.


Judge Richard E. Richman Ethics Scholarship

Open to present 2L

This scholarship is given to a 2L law student enrolled in Legal Profession in 2008-2009 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.


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 student's 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, "My Role as a Lawyer in Society."

The recipient is selected by a committee consisting of the Director of Admissions and two members outside the School of Law.

Letters should be addressed to:

Dean Cynthia Fountaine
SIU School of Law
Carbondale, IL 62901-6811

and should say "Re: Richman Endowed Scholarship"


Donny J. Schmeder Memorial Endowed 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 previous 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.

Women's Bar Foundation of Illinois Scholarship (Nomination)

Open to present 2L

The School of Law nominates two 2L students each year to compete for the Women=s Bar Foundation of Illinois scholarship.The nominations are based upon outstanding scholastic achievement, involvement in school activities, financial need, ties to Illinois, and personal qualities. The nominees will be interviewed by the WBF in Chicago.  One will be selected to receive a scholarship to be awarded in the Fall.


Women's Bar Foundation Public Interest Scholarship (Nomination)

Open to present 2L

The School of Law nominates one second year female law student each year to compete for the Women's Bar Foundation Public Interest Scholarship. This nomination will be based upon a student's past and current deep and abiding commitment to public interest law. The public interest activities may be from within or outside the law school. Other criteria include good academic record, financial need and an intention to practice law in Illinois.

Our nominee may be invited to be interviewed by the WBF in Chicago. One student will be selected from among the Illinois law schools' nominees to receive a scholarship to be awarded in the Fall.


Edgar O. and 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:

a. Scholastic achievement need not be the sole criterion, but grades shall be satisfactory.

b. Need shall not be a necessary criterion, but other financial assistance available to applicant shall be considered.

c. The needs of the community in which applicant contemplates locating should also be considered.

d. Applicant must be of good moral character with the potential of becoming an active participant in the affairs of the community.