Each year the USD School of Law awards several scholarships sponsored by various university benefactors to upper-division students. Note that the criteria, number of awards, and amount of money awarded for these scholarships may change at any time due to funding, endowment earnings, donors’ restrictions or other institutional priorities. All scholarships will be coordinated with other financial aid. Private scholarships include the following:
Alec Cory/Procopio Scholarship
This scholarship, in memory of Alec Cory, will be awarded to a 3L or 4L law student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public interest law.
Albert and Mae Lee Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a continuing law student who demonstrates a strong scholastic ability and outstanding moral character.
Blanchard, Krasner & French Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded to continuing law students who demonstrate financial need.
This is part of a USD-wide scholarship created by gifts from BusinessLink Members (a corporate consortium). The law school scholarship will be based on financial need and/or merit.
C. Hugh Friedman Endowed Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded to two students who are beginning their final year of study at the School of Law (third year full-time student or fourth year part-time student), and who have demonstrated an interest and proficiency in business law. The students must have taken one or more courses in business law (examples include, but are not limited to, corporations, business planning, securities regulation and intellectual property), and have performed well academically in those courses. Preference is given to students with financial need.
Cary Mack Scholarship
A scholarship will be awarded to a continuing law student who demonstrates financial need.
The Christopher McCallister Memorial Scholarship
Family, friends and the Class of 2007 seeking to honor the leadership qualities and entrepreneurial spirit that were hallmarks of Chris McCallister’s life created this scholarship. An award is available to a third-year law student in good standing who contributes to the diversity of the law school and/or to the legal profession generally because of their socio-economic background, life experiences, personal circumstances, or other obstacles he/she may have overcome. Preference is given to a student who has demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial skills in professionally related endeavors or in community service or volunteer work (may include leadership roles in student-related activities and projects).
Class of 1974 Scholarship
This scholarship from the Class of 1974 in memory of Professor Darrell Bratton will be awarded to a 3L or 4L law student with demonstrated academic success and financial need.
Class of 1975 Scholarship
This scholarship from the Class of 1975 will be awarded to a 3L or 4L law student with demonstrated academic success and financial need.
Class of 1979 Scholarship
This scholarship from the Class of 1979 will be awarded to a 3L or 4L law student with demonstrated academic success and financial need.
Congresswoman Lynn Schenk Endowed Law Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded to female law students who demonstrates tenacity and determination and who are of modest family economic circumstances. The awardees must be highly self-motivated (demonstrated by work outside of school and overcoming obstacles in pursuing education) and see challenges as enriching. The awardees must have knowledge and appreciation of the struggles of women in America for equality and of those who came before her to take on the struggles of equality. They must demonstrate a desire to open doors for others in the future. Additionally, the awardees must support the values of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, a feminist bar association seeking to advance the status of women in the law and society. In addition to the application, the scholarship committee has requested that a supplemental 1-page statement be submitted prior to the final decision being rendered. The topic will be provided to the finalists.
Darling Foundation Scholarship
Created by the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation, this scholarship will be awarded to a law student demonstrating financial need.
David S. Casey Trial Advocacy Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded to students showing promise in trial advocacy through achievements in connection with the Mock Trial Team, distinction in class work related to trial advocacy, or other such indicia of promise.
Delroy Richardson Endowed Law Scholarship
San Diego Gas and Electric endowed this scholarship in memory of their long-time employee Del Richardson. Del was a USD alumnus who was active in community and campus diversity issues. Grants from the Richardson family, other alumni, law firms and corporate contributors have supplemented this endowment. This scholarship is awarded to a student who enriches diversity, demonstrates need and has evidence of strong academic achievement.
DLA Piper Life Science and Technology Scholarship
This scholarship is open to anyone who currently works or, previously worked in any capacity at a life science, medical device or technology company.
Donna Lee Arledge Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in loving memory of Donna Lee Arledge. It will be awarded to a law student whose life has been impacted by cancer.
Fiorenza and Hernando Courtright Endowed Scholarships
Two scholarships will be awarded to students whose family responsibilities require them to render financial assistance to their parent(s) or sibling(s) while attending law school. Single parents who are supporting their own children are also eligible to apply.
Frank E. and Dimitra F. Rogozienski Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a law student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance in business oriented law courses. Examples of such courses may include, but are not limited to, antitrust, bankruptcy, business planning, corporate finance, corporations, tax and other related corporate/business law courses. A preference will be given to third-year full-time and fourth-year part-time students who have completed two or more such courses.
Gerald and Donna McMahon Endowed Scholarship
Endowed by a gift from Gerald and Donna McMahon, a scholarship will be awarded to a student in good academic standing and who is making good progress toward completion of the requirements to earn the degree of Juris Doctor.
Grant Morris Endowed Scholarship Fund
The University of San Diego School of Law Class of 1976 established an endowed scholarship in Professor Grant Morris’ name. It honors his nearly 30 years of service as a distinguished professor and twice acting Dean of the Law School. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing law student in need of assistance to lessen the financial burden of attending law school.
Helen and Webster Kinnaird Law Scholarship
A scholarship will be awarded to a continuing law student (2L, 3L or 4L) who demonstrates financial need.
Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack LLP Diversity Scholarship
The Higgs, Fletcher & Mack Diversity Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to a student who has a demonstrated commitment to serving diverse communities. The scholarship supports the firm’s efforts to promote diversity in the San Diego legal community and will be provided to a third (or fourth) year law student.
Irvin and Eleanor B. Kahn Endowed Scholarship
A scholarship will be awarded to a continuing law student who demonstrates financial need.
Jackson Lewis Labor and Employment Scholarship
The Jackson Lewis Law Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance in labor and employment law courses with priority given to a student who enriches the diversity of the law school. Examples of employment law courses may include, but are not limited to, employment law, employment discrimination, labor law, ERISA & Employment Benefits, Employment Law & Technology and Work, Welfare & Justice. A preference will be given to third-year full-time and fourth-year part-time students who have completed two or more such courses.
James E. Spain Family Law School Student Aid Endowment
This scholarship provides eight awards to assist continuing part-time students.
John Winters Memorial Fund
This scholarship was established to memorialize John M. Winters and his many years educating law students and his contributions to the School of Law at the University of San Diego. This scholarship is awarded to a third-year full-time or fourth-year part-time student. The primary criterion for selection is financial need. In those cases where more than one student qualifies based on relatively equal need, preference shall be given to the students who have families to support. If two or more students qualify based on financial need alone, any such tie shall be broken by taking into consideration the student's academic accomplishments and contributions to the School of Law.
Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship award is for a student with demonstrated financial need and academic success. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens as determined by federal financial aid regulations. Preference will be given to students who are permanent residents of California.
Kevin and Bryan Briscoe Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
A scholarship will be awarded to a student who has been involved in community activities or volunteer service during law school.
Kim and Mark Koro Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded to a continuing law student who demonstrates financial need.
LGBT Alumni Scholarship
The LGBT Alumni Scholarship will provide a scholarship to be awarded to an LGBT student at USD School of Law, including entering 1L students, who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBT issues. Preference will be given to students who have overcome challenges in pursuit of their education.
Lou Kerig Endowed Scholarship Fund
Alumni seeking to honor Professor D.V. (Lou) Kerig created an endowed scholarship fund. Two scholarships will be awarded to students who are in the upper 50% of their class, have financial need, and have excelled in Evidence.
The Honorable Louis M. Welsh Endowed ScholarshipAn endowed scholarship fund was established to continue the legacy of the Honorable Louis Welsh. The scholarship will be awarded to encourage a continuing student who exemplifies the highest ethical standards and believes in the humanity of the law. The applicant should demonstrate their passionate desire to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a trial lawyer. The applicant should show academic promise and demonstrate financial need due to life issues.
Lawrence Mahlum Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is in the work place or in the military and is wishing to obtain a law degree to enhance their skills or make a career change. Priority will be given to a part-time student.
The Michael (JD '93) & Karen Lurie Social Responsibility Law Scholarship
This scholarship will be provided to a student with a demonstrated interest in social responsibility causes related to the intersection of law, business, and/or government.
Mary and Alan Schulman Scholarship
Students qualifying for two scholarships will be in the top half of the class and they must contribute to the diversity of the law school generally because of their socio-economic background, life experiences, personal circumstances or other obstacles they may have overcome.
Michael Konz Memorial Scholarship
Michael Konz was a second year evening law student who worked full time at General Dynamics Convair Division as a human relations specialist. Michael was killed tragically in a work-related incident in 1992. His family, friends, classmates, professors, colleagues and General Dynamics established this fund in Michael’s memory. This scholarship will be awarded to a continuing part-time student in the upper one-half of the class who works full-time. A candidate who best embodies Michael's philanthropy, wit, optimism, integrity, and his dedication to the study of law will be selected. Letters of recommendation are suggested.
Michael Mohr Memorial Scholarships
Two scholarships will be awarded to students who have finished in the upper one-half of their respective division. In addition, the students should demonstrate financial need and must have participated in the intramural program or allied activities, displaying strong character, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the program.
Moller Scholarship Endowment
Three scholarships will be awarded to a continuing law student who demonstrates financial need.
Richard A. Bayer Endowed Scholarship
One scholarship will be awarded to the first-year part-time student who earns the highest grade in Property.
Ronald Maudsley Memorial Scholarship
Professor Ronald Maudsley, during his life, stressed the importance of aspiring to the highest possible standards and working up to one's fullest potential. The award originally funded by the Maudsley family to memorialize Ronald Maudsley’s commitment to the University of San Diego will be given annually to a second year full-time or part-time student who best exemplifies these traits, taking into consideration his/her academic accomplishments at the law school and the potential for scholarly achievement.
Roseann Gerold Hoffman Endowed Scholarship
Created in memory of his wife, Judge Herbert Hoffman established this scholarship that will be awarded to a full-time law student, who demonstrates strong moral character and financial need.
Sol G. Dubroof Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a continuing student who demonstrates financial need.
Stephen C. Ferruolo and Julie Robinson Scholarship
Funded by the generosity of Dean Stephen Ferruolo and his wife Julie, a scholarship will be awarded to a continuing student who demonstrates financial need.
The Vargas Scholarship
Funded by a gift from USD Law Professor Jorge A. Vargas and his family, this scholarship is awarded to a student who enriches diversity, demonstrates need, has evidence of strong academic achievement and makes a formal commitment to improve relations between the United States and Mexico in the legal or judiciary areas.
Tim C. Rothans Public Service Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a part-time law student, currently employed, who is interested in serving the public in their legal career. The classmates and family of Mr. Rothans who created this scholarship hope that will inspire future generations of professionals to serve the public’s interest.
Turner Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship has been funded by Vickie Turner, a past Distinguished Award recipient. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who enriches diversity, demonstrates need and has evidence of strong academic achievement.
Vern D. Schooley Endowed Scholarship Fund
This endowment was created by a pledge from Vern D. Schooley to provide annual scholarships to law students who are in good academic standing and who are making good progress towards completion of the requirements to earn the degree of Juris Doctor. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest or inclination to pursue a career in patent law.
Warren Family Endowment For Student Assistance
Sixteen scholarships will be awarded to assist students in the second and third year full-time divisions. The awards are based on academic performance, financial need and demonstrated commitment to serving diverse communities.