Diversity Scholarship Foundation 2019 Scholarships

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 12:00pm • n/a

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation (DSF) offers various scholarships to deserving and diverse students each year. 

​The application deadline is September 15, 2019.  Selected applicants will be notified whether they must submit to an interview with members of the scholarship committee.  Scholarship recipients must be able to attend the Unity Award Dinner through award presentation on December 3, 2019.

There are several scholarships and the awarded amounts vary.  To access the online application and complete information, please see our website at http://diversitychicago.org/dc/scholarships.  

The DSF scholarships include:

Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who actively advocates for diversity within the Chicago area legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.

Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged.  Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Award
New in 2019, this Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who has demonstrated their leadership skills and used those skills to help achieve diversity and inclusion within the legal community.  Those students applying for this award must have their recommenders include information about how the scholarship applicant has been a “leader & achiever.”  Eligible students maintain a 3.2 GPA.

LSAT Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in the Chicago area, or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA. The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.

Law Student with a Disability Scholarship Award
This Scholarship (an award of at least $500) was established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell, an Associate with Hinshaw and Culbertson, and her fiance Dr. George F. Viamontes.  There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship.

Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
This Scholarship is awarded to third-year law students who have demonstrated academic ability and the need for financial assistance.  This scholarship is intended to help off-set the cost of an Illinois State Bar Exam preparation course.

Note: The DSF reserves the right to waive the GPA requirements to well-deserving students who tirelessly advocate for diversity.  You must have completed at least two semesters of law school (and have a transcript) to qualify for all but the LSAT scholarship.

Questions? Please contact Erica N. Byrd or Barbara N. Flores, Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs, at dsfchicago.scholarships@gmail.com

Contact: Erica Byrd & Barbara Flores

New and Notable


Book Marq Fall 2019 Book Rental Return Deadline

While the Book Marq's fall 2019 deadline for returning rental books is December 14, the Book Marq is aware that the Law School's finals extend beyond that date. Students will not be charged a penalty for a late return so long as you return your books after finals and no later than Saturday, December 21.

Contact: Bonnie Thomson
General News

Marquette Prohibits Motorized Scooter Use On Campus Property

Knowing the City of Milwaukee is piloting dockless scooters, the Marquette University Police Department led a thorough review about the impact of such motorized vehicles on campus safety, which included input from leaders across functions and consultation with Marquette University Student Government. As a result, Marquette University is prohibiting the use of motorized scooters on campus property, effective immediately, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joel Pogodzinski announced.

Under the new policy, all motorized scooters — including the rentable dockless variety operated by companies such as Lime, Bird and Spin — are banned from use on any campus property, including walkways and sidewalks within the campus. The new policy also applies to other personal motorized vehicles, including but not limited to electric bicycles, electric skateboards, hoverboards, Segways, and mopeds.

MUPD will enforce the new policy. Additionally, MUPD will enforce all city ordinances and traffic laws related to motorized scooter operations, particularly their use on public sidewalks, which is strictly prohibited.

Click here to read the complete University article.

Contact: Christine Wilczynski-Vogel, Associate Dean for External Relations, Events, and Facilities

Sports Law Speaker Series: JoAn Scott, NCAA D1 Men's Basketball Championship

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:00pm TBD

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 12 p.m. all students are invited to attend a Sports Law Speaker Series event with JoAn Scott, managing director of the NCAA's Division 1 men's basketball championship. Ms. Scott will discuss her career with NIKE and the NCAA, and the inner workings of the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball championship. Lunch will be provided to all attendees. Register on the event webpage or by clicking here.

Contact: Paul Anderson
Pro Bono Opportunities

Earn One Hour of Pro Bono Time - MVLC Brown Bag CLE: "An Unreasonable State of Repair: Rent Abatement, Retaliation, and Other Housing Conditions Concerns"

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:00pm Room 263

Student volunteers of the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics can earn one hour of pro bono time by attending the MVLC Brown Bag CLE Series. This free CLE series provides volunteers with in-depth information on some of the most commonly seen issues at the Clinics. These events are great ways to earn additional pro bono hours while enhancing your knowledge of the legal issues faced by clients of the MVLC. Register to attend here.

Contact: Katie Mertz