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Scholarships: FAQ

How To Apply

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 Application form. (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 assistance.

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 Scottsdale, AZ.

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

Please visit the Fellowships and Internships section for more exciting opportunities!

The NAPABA Law Foundation - 20 Years of Programs

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.

NLF Scholarships

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.

Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships

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/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships

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.

The Low Family Scholarship

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.

Chris Nakamura Scholarships

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.

Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship

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.

Scholarship Criteria

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.

For more information, please contact nlfstaff@napaba.org


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