Guaranteed $20,000 Scholarship to Graduates of 25 HBCUs

Suffolk University Law School is excited to announce the Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener Scholarship. This award will guarantee at least $20,000 in aid to all incoming students who start a JD program at Suffolk Law in 2021 and have received their undergraduate degree from one of these 25 historically black colleges and universities:

  • Bowie State University
  • Claflin University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Coppin State University
  • Delaware State University
  • Dillard University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Grambling State University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Lincoln University (PA)
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State University
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Spelman College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Maryland – Eastern Shore- Princess Anne
  • Virginia State University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana


  • Eligible students must have received their undergraduate degree from one of the identified colleges and universities.
  • All eligible students who are admitted to start a JD program at Suffolk Law in 2021 will be awarded at least $20,000 per year to apply towards tuition at Suffolk Law.
  • Students with GPAs and LSAT scores at or above Suffolk Law’s medians may be awarded more than $20,000.
  • No additional application is needed. Students will be automatically awarded the scholarship when they are admitted to Suffolk Law.
  • The $20,000 award will be renewed each year that students are at Suffolk Law so long as they remain in good academic standing.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply.


The scholarship is named for Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener, who was the first student of color to graduate with a law degree from Suffolk Law. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Kitchener graduated in 1913.

Suffolk Law launched the Kitchener Scholarship to make law school more affordable for students who demonstrate the ability to succeed in law school but who may not otherwise receive merit-based scholarships. We recognize that standardized testing and traditional merit-based scholarship models can be barriers to entry to law school and the legal profession for students from nontraditional backgrounds, and this scholarship is designed to address those barriers.

The Kitchener Scholarship is just one of the efforts undertaken this year by Suffolk Law to expand access to law school to students from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds. Suffolk Law was founded in 1906 with a goal of expanding access to law school. At the time, that meant creating an evening JD program to allow students who could not afford to quit their day jobs to earn a law degree. Now, more than 100 years later, Suffolk Law has made additional efforts to make law school more accessible, including:

  • Launching the First Generation College Scholarship Program, which guarantees at least $20,000 in aid to all incoming students who are the first in their family to graduate from college and who attend one of 25 identified colleges and universities in the Northeast.
  • Flexible degree programs that allow students to earn a law degree in nontraditional ways: accelerated JD, hybrid online JD, full and part-time JD programs, and dual degree programs.
  • Creating a new dean of diversity, equity and inclusion to oversee efforts by Suffolk Law to create a welcoming community where students from all races, ethnicities and backgrounds can thrive.
  • Launching a new First Generation Law Student Association, which joins more than a dozen student affinity groups that bring together diverse students with academic support, networking and mentoring.