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THE POWER OF LAW CENTER SCHOLARSHIPS

The University of Houston Law Center is committed to attracting the best law students in the nation and providing them with the resources and support they need to be successful. High-achieving students are heavily recruited by top schools, and the availability of a scholarship can quickly influence a decision about which school to attend. Scholarship funding is the single most important factor in the Law Center’s effort to attract and retain top students and continue to graduate lawyers of the highest caliber.

As higher education costs continue to climb, law students and their families are frequently forced to assume large and potentially overwhelming levels of debt to pay for a law degree. Many of our students currently benefit from some form of financial aid, and our limited scholarship funds cannot cover all of our students’ financial needs. Recent tuition increases have helped raise revenue, but these increases have been offset by ongoing reductions in state allocations to higher education. The net effect of these developments adds a new imperative for the Law Center to quickly develop funding sources for additional scholarships.

In addition to scholarships, monetary awards are available to students who have distinguished themselves through their coursework and other activities. Award recipients include students who have written significant journal articles or have performed commendably in advocacy competitions. Other awards are granted to students who have demonstrated commitment to client service in a clinical setting, or have achieved the top grade in a specific course. The criteria for specific awards are established by donors, and the Office of External Affairs Awards can suggest a number of ways to honor or reward deserving students.

UH LAW SCHOLARSHIP GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

A.A.White Scholars Award
$90,000 gift, payable as single donation or $30,000/year for 3 years

Named after the founding Dean of the Law Center, this is the most sought after scholarship by the Law Center’s highest qualified applicants. The A.A. White Scholars Award is offered to stellar applicants with the highest LSAT scores and highest UGPAs. The “full ride” scholarship includes tuition and fees. Scholarship funding is payable as a single donation of $90,000, or payable $30,000 a year for three consecutive years. Donors receive the highest level of membership in the Dean’s Society and designation as an A.A White Scholar Patron.

Law Scholar Award
$30,000 gift, payable as a single donation or $10,000/year for 3 years

Awarded to Law Center applicants with excellent LSATs and UGPAs, this recruiting scholarship provides significant funding of tuition and fees for three years. Law Scholar Awards are funded through gifts of $30,000, payable as a single donation of $30,000 or $10,000 a year for three consecutive years. Law Scholar Patrons receive a high level membership in the Dean’s Society.

A Special “Thank You” to inaugural “Law Scholar Patrons”
Stepping up almost before the effort was launched, the donors below have pledged to fund a $30,000 scholarship over 3 years ($10,000 per year) to help attract the most qualified applicants to UHLC.
Susan L. Bickley
Clay Crawford
Billie J. Ellis, Jr.
William “Tim” Moore
Robert C. Sohns, Jr.
William P. Swenson
John T. Unger
Stephen Wallace
Alvin & Susie Zimmerman
Anonymous Donor

Leaders and Achievers Award
$30,000 gift, payable as a single donation or $10,000/year for 3 years

Awarded to law student applicants or current students with excellent academic standing, these students must show how they have overcome socioeconomic hardship, disabilities or educational disadvantages. A commitment to public service is preferred. Donors make a gift of $30,000 to fund the award, or $10,000 per year for three consecutive years. Patrons receive a Dean’s Society membership.

Specialty Scholarships
$30,000 gift, payable as a single donation or $10,000/year for 3 years

Donors make a $30,000 gift to be awarded equally over three years. Patrons receive a Deans’ Society membership. Donors may designate one of the below scholarship areas or select multiple specialty areas in $5,000 increments to specific categories. These specialties include:

  • Practice areas such as, energy, intellectual property, health, environmental et al.
  • First generation or members of underrepresented groups
  • Global or public service fellowship
  • Internship/Externship Opportunities
  • Dean’s Scholarship – greatest need

Endowed Scholarships
$25,000 gift, payable as a single donation or $12,500/year for 2 years

Permanently endowed scholarship may be established with a minimum donation of $25,000. Contact the Office of External for specific guidelines regarding the establishment of an endowment.

Living Expense Stipend
$15,000 gift, payable as single donation

Donors can give $15,000 per year as a single donation to defray the living expenses of exceptional students or qualified students with emergency needs.


Mia Breaux Lorick

Blaine Larson

Laura Duncan

ADDITIONAL GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

LL.M. SCHOLARSHIPS are gifts leveraged by the Law Center to allow lawyers trained in other countries to attend our Foreign LL.M. Program at resident-tuition cost. Foreign scholars increase the diversity of our programs and connect our campus and Houston to a global network of future leaders. Costs of these scholarships range from $25,000 to $35,000.

HONOR OR MEMORIAL FUNDS recognize the exceptional accomplishments and unique qualities of an individual. Named funds create legacies that provide support for future students, and honorees or their families are afforded the opportunity to meet the students who benefit from these generous gifts. Honor or memorial funds typically involve an investment of $5,000 to $25,000+.

ENDOWED STUDENT SUMMER INTERNSHIP FUNDS encourage student involvement in public interest work by providing stipends for summer internships at non-profit legal advocacy institutions. These funds typically involve an investment of $100,000.

STUDENT SUMMER INTERNSHIP FUNDS underwrite a single stipend for a student to complete a summer internship with a non-profit legal advocacy group. These one-time funds can be established for $2500.

ANNUAL STUDENT AWARDS provide students with additional financial resources to pay their educational expenses. Individual awards are based on criteria of excellence or interest agreed to by the Law Center and each donor.
Dean’s Level $5,000 and above
General Level $1,500 and above

For more information on how you can invest SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS at the University of Houston Law Center, please contact:
Russ Gibbs, D.Min., CFRE
Associate Dean of External Affairs
713-743-1454
ragibbs@Central.uh.edu