Fellowships and Internships
Past Scholarship Recipients
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Only law students pursuing a Juris Doctor (non LL.M) degree in an accredited law school in the
U.S. at least half time as determined by the school is eligible for a NAPABA Law Foundation
Scholarship. The law school must be accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the
Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Each applicant must submit a completed and signed NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship
(A single application is needed to be considered for all scholarships.)
Each applicant must submit with the application form (a) an official copy of the applicant's most
recent law school transcript (or for first-year law students, a statement from their law school
certifying that they are law degree candidates enrolled at least half-time); (b) a resume; and (c) two
letters of recommendation from persons not related to the applicant. Applicants who wish to
demonstrate financial need may also submit a copy of their law school application for financial
One or more members of the Scholarship selection committee may interview finalists.
The application and all required attachments must be postmarked by September 1,
2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified before the 2014 NAPABA Annual Convention in
Due to the high volume of applications, it is administratively prohibitive to provide
acknowledgement/receipt of application. We suggest that applicants that need a receipt of
application use a delivery method that provides confirmation or a tracking number.
Please carefully read the eligibility rules, application instructions, timeline, and FAQs prior
to emailing NLF for further information.
2014 Scholarship Application
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The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)
(3) organization established by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
The NAPABA Law Foundation carries out its work primarily by awarding scholarships and
fellowships that promote the interests of the Asian Pacific American community. Since its founding
and through 2014, the Foundation will have awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships and
nearly $750,000 in fellowships and internships.
The Foundation awards scholarships on a nationwide basis to law students who demonstrate a
commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. These
scholarships are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar
associations, and individuals.
NLF welcomes corporate, foundation, community, and individual donations to support its
educational and charitable activities. All donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent
permitted by law.
In addition to the scholarships listed below, NLF will award $2,000 scholarships with reference to the quality of the applicant pool. In recent years, eight to ten such additional scholarships have been awarded each year.
Each year, two Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships of $7,500 are awarded to the law students who demonstrate particularly outstanding leadership potential to serve the Asian Pacific American community, as selected from all of the scholarship applicants by the Foundation in consultation with the President of NAPABA. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of Anheuser-Busch.
UPS and NLF are pleased to offer once again the UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarship for law students dedicated to the Asian Pacific American Community who are the first in their family to attend law school.
Two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded annually to two law students who meet the following requirements:
- First in their immediate family to be currently enrolled in, and in good standing, at an American Bar Association (ABA) or Association of American Law Schools (AALS) accredited law school in the United States
- Submission of a completed NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship Application
- Demonstrated commitment to pro bono and/or public interest legal work
- Demonstrated financial need
- Permanent resident or U.S. citizen
- Commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American Community
Previous winners of the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships and immediate family members of UPS employees are ineligible for the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships.
In recognition of the NAPABA Law Foundationís 20th Anniversary in 2014, NLF Board Member
Ronald Low, one of the original founders of NAPABA, and his wife Wanda Denson-Low, retired Senior
Vice President for the Boeing Company and former recipient of the NAPABA 2004 Womenís
Leadership Award, have generously donated $50,000 to the NLF to fund this scholarship in
perpetuity. One $2500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student who has a history of
demonstrated leadership and/or community service to the Asian Pacific American Community.
In 2003, the Foundation named one of these scholarships in memory of Chris Nakamura, a leader of the Asian Pacific American legal community of Arizona. The Chris Nakamura NAPABA Law Foundation Scholar will be awarded $2,500.
In 2004, the Foundation established the Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 through the generosity of the law firm of Lim, Ruger & Kim in Los Angeles.
The Foundation considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant's essay. Letters of recommendation should be furnished by individuals who can provide relevant information and who can be contacted by the Foundation. The applicant must be in good standing at his or her law school. The Foundation considers factors including, but not limited to, the applicant's:
- demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest and/or public service legal work
- financial need
- leadership potential
- maturity and responsibility
- commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community
It is the policy of The NAPABA Law Foundation not to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Officers and directors of NAPABA, The NAPABA Law Foundation, members of the Scholarship selection committee, and their immediate families are ineligible for the Scholarships. All application materials submitted will become property of the Foundation.
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