The major source of Suffolk Law School awards is the Trustee Grant. Trustee Grants are awarded based on financial need and do not have to be repaid. Students who file the required financial aid forms by the priority filing date will be automatically considered for grant monies from this fund. Applications received after the priority filing date will be considered for a Trustee Grant on a funds available basis. Award amounts vary. Grants are renewed each year provided recipients reapply by the financial aid deadline and their financial need remains similar.
Sargent Scholarships are awarded to incoming students on the basis of significant financial need and strong academic credentials. Sargent Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Award amounts vary. The scholarships are renewed each year provided recipients maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and continue to demonstrate financial need. Awards are for Suffolk University Law School tuition only. Funds are posted to students’ tuition accounts after the fourth week of classes.
Academic Leadership Scholarship Awards
Academic Leadership Scholarships are awarded to the top five students in each section (for both Day and Evening Divisions) as they are about to enter their second year. Students ranked first in their section receive a scholarship worth 50% of tuition; those ranked 2 through 5 receive a scholarship worth 25% of tuition. Academic Leadership Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Recipients must remain in the top 20% of their class to renew the scholarship. Awards are made in July.
Trustee Academic Scholarships†
Trustee Academic Scholarships are merit-based funds awarded by the Admissions Committee shortly after an applicant is admitted to the Law School. Recipients will be notified by the Office of Admissions. Scholarships are awarded to students based on outstanding academic achievement and do not have to be repaid. Award amounts vary. Scholarships are renewed each year provided recipients maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Endowed & Named Scholarships
These "named" scholarships are funded by gifts from donors and foundations, and are awarded to students who meet the donors' designated criteria. Qualifications and award amounts vary, but the determination of the award is generally based on financial need and scholastic achievement. Endowed scholarships do not have to be repaid.
Students applying for financial aid are automatically considered for these funds, based on the information provided in the student's application. Scholarships that require a separate application will be posted, when the application is available, to Campus Cruiser and in the Current Outside Scholarship Opportunities section below.
†Important Notes on Scholarship Retention
85% of students awarded Trustee Merit or Sargent Scholarships retain their scholarships in their second year of study. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) makes every effort to assist students who, for academic reasons, lose their original scholarships. Students who drop below the required GPA may be reconsidered for scholarship funding once their GPA again meets the required level. Reconsideration will take place after the spring semester of each year, once spring grades are available and a cumulative GPA has been calculated. In addition, with funding permitting, once fall semester, mid-year grades are available, students may also be reconsidered by the OFA for scholarship reinstatement. Students should note that any reinstatement of scholarship funding is not retroactive. Affected students will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid regarding any change in their award.
o Trustee Merit Scholarships are awarded based on academic qualifications only. A Trustee Merit Scholarship recipient who is eligible to continue their enrollment at Suffolk but whose GPA falls below 3.0 and therefore loses their Trustee Merit Scholarship will be considered for financial aid if they apply for financial aid by the appropriate deadlines for returning students and demonstrate financial need.
o Sargent Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic qualifications. A Sargent Scholarship recipient who is eligible to continue their enrollment at Suffolk but whose GPA falls below 3.0 and therefore loses their Sargent Scholarship will receive 75% of their original Sargent Scholarship amount as a Trustee Grant if they apply for financial aid by the appropriate deadlines for returning students and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Yellow Ribbon Scholarships
Yellow Ribbon Scholarships are awarded to qualified U.S. veterans approved by the VA for participation in the program. Award renewal is contingent on continued eligibility as determined by the VA. More information on the Yellow Ribbon Program and Suffolk’s commitment can be found on Suffolk University’s Veteran Services web page. Funds are posted to students’ tuition accounts once received from the VA.
Current Outside Scholarship Opportunities
The Office of Financial Aid posts scholarship opportunities available from non-Suffolk University Law School sources as they are provided to us.
Aspiring Attorney Aid Scholarship
Offered by the Kraut Law Group of California, the Aspiring Attorney Aid Scholarship is a $500 scholarship to be awarded to students seeking a future in law. Further information and the scholarship application may be found on their website.
Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship
This is the first annual award to be given by the Infinity Law Group of Massachusetts. Application for the scholarship is open to all Asian American students who will be attending their first year of law school by the fall of 2015 or are already in law school. The scholarship will be award to the person who plans to make the best use their law degree to help the Asian American community after graduation.
Application deadline is January 12, 2015.
Constangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholars Award
Constangy, Brooks & Smith initiated its Diversity Scholars Awards program to recognize the achievements of law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to diversity in their community, school or work environment, and personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals. One student will receive a $2,500 scholarship. To be eligible, you must be a second-year student enrolled in an accredited law school that is located in one of the following states: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia/Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Massachusetts. Selection criteria will include your academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.0); commitment to diversity in the community, or in your school or work environment; and personal achievement in overcoming challenges to reach your goals.
Application deadline is December 12, 2014.
Empowering Women In Law Scholarship
The Pearce Law Firm of Philadelphia, PA is accepting applications for the Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. The scholarship is a $2,000 award open to women nationwide who are currently attending law school.
Application deadline is December 31, 2014.
Farzad Family Law Scholarship
This scholarship is available to all law students who are currently admitted to and attending an accredited American university or college or are admitted to and attending a state accredited law school. Interested applicants must write an essay on the question “Should the right to marry for same sex couples become a federal constitutional right by amendment to the United States Constitution or remain a State issue?" and provide proof of current attendance at the college or university (for example, if you wish, by including your transcripts). Your response should be between 2,500 to 4,500 words, although the length is not strictly enforced.
Application deadline: Must be received by December 15, 2014
Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law Good Works Scholarship
Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law believes that it is essential to lead by example and give back to one’s community. This is true both for those directly involved in the legal profession, and for those who are employed in other professions that contribute to the growth and success of the Commonwealth. To this end, the firm is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for future lawyers and other college and university students who are also actively engaged in making their community a better place by leading and planning community service projects. The Good Works scholarship offers a great opportunity for students who are active in community service.
The award is $500 for this year, and information is available on our scholarship page. You can reach the scholarship page by visiting the homepage and clicking the "Scholarship" tab on the right side of the page.
Application deadline is January 1, 2015.
Plymouth County Bar Association
The Plymouth, MA County Bar Association is offering several scholarships: the Edmund J. Campbell Scholarship Fund and the Abraham H. Feingold Scholarship and Assistance Fund which are available to applicants from Plymouth County, MA who are attending law school. In addition, the John J. Geogan Fund provides scholarship funds to any student of a family member of a Plymouth, MA County attorney who is either attending college or law school
Application deadline is November 1, 2014.
Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship
The Law Office of John J. Sheehan will be accepting applications for the Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship. This is a non-renewable award to prospective first and second year law students (class of 2017-2018) with a clean driving record, a 3.0 GPA, and a Fall 2014 or 13 law school entry date. Additional criteria include superior academic performance, and an essay. A single scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded.
For further details and to download an application.
Application receipt deadline is July 31, 2014.