New York Bar Foundation is proud to be able to fund a wonderful financial aid program called the Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship. This funding program has been created by this foundation with the assistance of a gift from the Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. To honor the memory of Carol Van Scoyoc who was a former chair of the Section and recipient of the Association’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, this organization has established this program recognizing her extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the public good. Through this program, NYBF will help second- or third-year law students, enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in a New York State law school so that they can pursue their educational goals.
Every year, a scholarship worth $5,000 is awarded to a deserving student under this funding program. Candidates will be selected to get the funding support if they exemplify the core values important to Carol: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, and an interest in local government law. The 2022 scholarship recipient will be notified in December 2021 and will be invited to attend the Section’s Annual Meeting webinar in January 2022. The award amount received through this scholarship can be applied to the winner’s 2021-20222 academic year tuition. The foundation will send a check to the school, which the winner is attending, no later than the end of February 2022. Entry can be submitted via email. The application must include a form and some supporting documents. For more information regarding the application process, check out the how-to apply section below.
New York Bar Foundation is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization that provides financial support to educational programs, scholarships, and activities related to law. This foundation came into existence in 1950, and receives charitable contributions from individuals, law firms, corporations, or other entities, and provides grants to work towards its goals.
Following is the brief description of the following scholarship:
|Organization||New York Bar Foundation|
|Number of Awards||N/A|
|Contest Deadline||October 29, 2021|
|Requirements||Cover letter, form resume, Two letters of recommendation, and essay|
Who is Eligible?
Please match the following requirements to get selected:
- The scholarship is open to second and third year full-time and part-time law students, enrolled in a law school in New York State.
- Students must have maintained a minimum 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school and a ranking in the top quarter of their class as of the July 1 preceding their application.
- Students must document their interest in public service and an interest in local government law.
- While an applicant’s financial need will be considered, it is not required for selection.
How to Apply?
To enter, complete an online application form with all accurate and complete information and send it along with some required documents via email to Ldorr@tnybf.org. Please include ‘Local & State Govt. Scholarship’ on the subject line.
The attachment file will be accepted in a single PDF format.
- Completed application (form below).
- Cover letter of interest in the practice of public service and local government law.
- A resume describing prior employment and other relevant qualifications and activities.
- Law school transcript.
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a law school professor unrelated to the applicant by blood or marriage.
- An essay written by the student demonstrating why the student exemplifies Carol Van Scoyoc’s core values. The essay should be no more than two pages, 12 point font, double spaced with one inch margins.
Each year, a $5,000 scholarship will be granted to a law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Carol: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, and an interest in local government law. This award amount can be used to cover educational expenses related to the study program of the winner.
The application deadline is October 29, 2021. Please send your application on or before this date.