Outside Scholarship Sources

In addition to federal and institutional financial aid, students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarship sources.  As we learn of external aid opportunities, we consider the validity and relevance to our current and prospective students and provide the information below. Scholarship sources may change details without notifying schools, so be sure to check their linked websites for the most up-to-date and thorough information.

General Scholarships
Diversity Scholarships
Military Scholarships
Pennsylvania Residents
Student Scholarship Search 

General Scholarships

Arnold & Itkin LLP Academic Scholarship

Arnold & Itkin LLP will award $5,000 to two current law students who share our passion for assisting the underprivileged and the victims of tragedy. Regardless of the area of law, the scholarship recipients should be focused on utilizing the legal system to support those less fortunate. All applicants should demonstrate both past and current dedication to victim advocacy and/or community service. 

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 1

Baumgartner Law Student Scholarship
The Baumgartner Law Firm offers a scholarship for current or incoming law students based on need and commitment to helping others. Applicants must be attending an accredited law school in the U.S. by the fall semester of the application year.

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: August 31

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students who have battled any type of cancer during their lives or have had  an immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Requires an essay or video, academic transcript, proof of enrollment, and letters of recommendation.

Amount: $4,000 

Deadline: March 31 for Fall semester award, December 1 for Spring semester award.

Munley Law Scholarship
Munley Law is offering $5,000 to a United States citizen who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with their college, university, or law school.  Students should answer the question: What amendment to the Constitution is the most meaningful to you, and why?  You may submit your entry as a Microsoft® Word Document, OR a Microsoft® PowerPoint Presentation, OR an Mpeg or QuickTime Video Presentation.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Diversity Scholarships

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.
The fund grants 20 incoming diverse law students financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school. 

Amount: $5,000 per year, renewable with satisfactory performance.

Deadline: March 1

American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships
The AIGC provides multiple fellowships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students throughout the United States. 

Amount: Varies

Deadline:  Varies

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Eligible to full-time Latino students with financial need who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. 

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Earl Warren Scholarship
The Earl Warren Scholarship open to rising first-year law students who are committed to racial justice and interested in civil rights or public interest law.

Amount: $30,000

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Horace Mann Bond — Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship Program
The Horace Mann Bond - Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship Program (formerly the Equal Opportunity Professional Education Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to highly-qualified Pennsylvania students from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University who pursue pre-professional programs in law, medicine, podiatry, and dentistry at Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Temple University.

Amount: Tuition, fees, and books, renewable each year

Deadline: July 1

Korean American Scholarship Foundation
Korean American students with a 3.0 GPA or higher can apply for this scholarship that looks at financial need, merit, recommendations, and essays.

Amount: $1,500-$5,000

Deadline: Application opens in April each year and is due in Mid-July

MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program
Open to current law school students with a record of advancing Latino civil rights and with plans to pursue careers to advance Latino civil rights.

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Deadline: Late January 

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program
Named after one of the Foundation's most devoted supporters, the James Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program provides three scholarships each year, two specifically designated for minority students of African American, Hispanic American, or Native American descent.

Amount: $3,000 each.

Deadline: December 1

The Point Foundation
The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. This scholarship provides financial support, mentoring, and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Point Foundation attempts to identify students who are physically, intellectually, and morally capable of leadership to play an influential part in the betterment of society. 

Amount: Varies. The average scholarship award per scholar is $13,600. 

Deadlines:  Multiple. Carefully read the website. Initial application opens November 1.

Sidney B. Williams Scholarship
This fund offers scholarships to underrepresented minorities who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law and have financial need.

Amount: $10,000, renewable for each year of study

Deadline: Mid-March

Military Scholarships

Pat Tillman Foundation
Open to Veteran and active-duty military service members and their spouses. All branches of the military, including the National Guard and Reserve are eligible to apply.

Amount: Full tuition, books, and living expenses 

Deadline: Application opens February 2015 and will most likely be due early March. Details are forthcoming on foundation website.

Post-9/11 GI Bill
Educational benefits are available to many veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. Eligibility is based on your cumulative service and includes allocations for tuition, books, and living expenses.

Amount:  Students who are 100% eligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill will receive full tuition and fees at Penn State’s Dickinson Law. The current living allowance is $1,416 a month and an additional $1,000 is granted for books and supplies. Those less than 100% eligible will receive a prorated amount based on their service percentage.

Deadline: No strict deadline, but as soon as possible to ensure you receive your living expense amount promptly at the beginning of the term. Please contact our office for full instructions.

Veterans United Foundation

Veterans United Foundation, formed and fully funded by Veterans United Home Loans and its employees, strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need. The program’s primary goal is to assist military service members and their families. Eligibility for this scholarship requires recipients to be surviving spouses or children of a deceased Veteran of the US military.

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: Multiple. Fall: Late-October, Spring: TBD

Pennsylvania Residents

Faerie L. Angle Memorial Scholarship Fund
The scholarship supports young persons from Franklin County, Pennsylvania, studying to be lawyers. Awards will be made to students entering the first, second, and third year of a J.D. Program in Pennsylvania. Multiple winners will be selected.

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Extended to July 1

Samuel J. Goldstein, Esquire, Scholarship Fund
For Law students who are Pennsylvania residents of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland counties. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, complete an application, submit an essay, and maintain a GPA of 2.0 to renew the scholarship. Preference is given to applicants of the Jewish faith.

Amount: Varies. Renewable

Deadline: Mid-April

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Patty Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship
Law students or lawyers who have been admitted to practice for less than 3 years may be eligible to apply. You must be a PA resident and actively volunteer service to an animal welfare organization or engage in scholarship in the field of animal welfare.

Amount: up to $5,400

Deadline: July 1

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Joseph T. McDonald Memorial Scholarship Program
This scholarship is given to current, full-time, third year students at Penn State’s Dickinson Law who are involved in the trial advocacy program and are Pennsylvania residents.

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: December 1

Pennsylvania Bar Foundation James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program
Named after one of the Foundation's most devoted supporters, the James Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program provides three scholarships each year, two specifically designated for minority students of African American, Hispanic American, or Native American descent.

Amount: $3,000 each

Deadline: December 1

Seidel Family Scholarship
For current or former Berks County residents who are or will be attending Penn State's Dickinson Law. Applicants must have lived in Berks County for at least two consecutive years during their secondary school years. Scholarships will be awarded based on all-around qualified candidates.

Amount: Varies, but past amounts have been approximately $8,000, renewable for each year of study.

Deadline: Application opens in mid-January, with a June deadline each year. Notifications go out in July. 

Dr. W.R. Walter Trust Scholarship
The scholarship is intended to assist Harrisburg area students financially in their pursuit of a graduate degree in Dentistry, Medicine, Ministry, Law, or other scientific fields. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and potential to succeed in the student's chosen educational field. Applicants must be high school graduates of one of the public high schools located in Dauphin County or Cumberland County, and must have obtained a Bachelor's degree and be enrolling in graduate school in the fall of the year the award is made.

Amount: Varies, but renewable up to 3 years.

Deadline: Mid-December

Student Scholarship Search

In addition to the scholarships listed here, you may find it helpful to complete an additional search tailored to your specific background and career goals. Scholarship search engines include: