All external scholarships, awards and competitions are ordered according to the closest deadline. If you have any questions about these scholarships, please refer to their respective links
The Mike Lawrence Scholarship
The Mike Lawrence Scholarship is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students who have a relationship with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. There is a preference for African Americans as well as for students who are involved in the institute’s Student Ambassador Program.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates
Application Deadline: Spring Semester- November 30 - Fall Semester- July 31
Open to applicants who meet either of the following criteria:
-You have personally worked to protect children's rights or stop abuse either as a volunteer, as a counselor, in your professional work or by legal means.
-You are an abuse survivor who wishes to use your own experiences to help others.
Illinois Sheriffs’ Association College Scholarship Program
Opens January 15, 2020
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association will be awarding over 100 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. Applicants must be permanent residents of Illinois. An essay will be required along with the application.
Richard D. Hailey Scholarship
Opens in February 2020
$5,000 scholarship to a minority Law Student member who is entering his/her first, second, or third year of law school.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. Since its inception, more than 350 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.
Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
After decades of fighting oppression and discrimination, LGBTQ students have finally entered the era where they can not only feel like a part of the general college population but also receive the assistance that will help them in their studies. Of course, nothing is ideal yet, but there are special college scholarships targeting LGBTQ youth in particular that can make the process of paying tuition a little bit easier. We’ve composed a list of such scholarships and sorted them based on the award amount, from the highest to the lowest. It’s in no way exhaustive but it can give you an idea of where to look for aid and which requirements must be met for applying.