The School of Law administers several donor-based and endowed scholarship funds that
are distributed to continuing JD students based on specific award criteria. These
scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and an application is required. Typically,
special scholarship applications are available in late spring and are due one week
after the end of the spring semester. Students are eligible to apply for special scholarships
as they enter their second, third or fourth year of law school. Scholarship recipients
are notified of their award in late June.
APPLICATIONS FOR ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS
Special scholarships are available to upper-division JD students for the 2017 - 2018
academic year who will have completed at least 22 units before the start of fall 2017
semester. A few of the donors have asked that their gifts be restricted to students
who meet certain criteria. The law school believes that the current state of the law
permits such designations to support those groups that have been historically underrepresented
in the legal profession.
A scholarship committee will review all applications and select scholarship recipients.
Students will be notified by email in mid-May 2017 if they have been awarded a special
scholarship. All scholarships will be applied to students accounts for fall 2017 through
summer 2018, depending on their program.
2017 - 2018 Special Scholarship Applications are due by 4 pm on April 24, 2017.
The Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a law student who has demonstrated leadership and is in the top fifteen
percent of his or her class. The selection committee may also consider financial need.
The Frederick W. Bradley Endowed Scholarship, named for a 1966 graduate of the School of Law, is awarded solely on the basis of
The Phillip Burton Endowed Law Scholarship, named in memory of the former US congressman and 1953 School of Law graduate, is
awarded on the basis of financial need.
The Linda Caputo Memorial Scholarship was established by the friends, family, law school faculty, and classmates of Linda
Caputo, who graduated from the School of Law in 1987 and had spina bifida. This scholarship
is awarded to a student who has overcome significant obstacles to obtain a legal education.
The Martin S. Cohen Endowed Memorial Scholarship, named for a former student, is awarded to a Jewish student with demonstrated financial
need and good academic standing.
The Kevin J. Connell JD Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a third-year student who died in spring 1995. The scholarship
is awarded to a student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need,
with preference given to veterans of the US Armed Forces.
The Environmental Law Scholarship is awarded to a student who has completed his or her second year of law school and
has a demonstrated commitment to, and record of, achievement in environmental law.
An essay is required with the application.
The Helen A. and John A. Gorfinkel Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of John Gorfinkel, a former professor and dean, and is
awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.
The Richard W. Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship was created and funded by classmates and friends of a 1965 graduate of the School
of Law. This scholarship, given to a student who has shown great academic improvement
since starting law school, is awarded at the start of a student's third year.
The Paul S. Jordan Endowed Law Scholarship is named for a School of Law faculty member, dean, and university trustee. Preference
is given to students who demonstrate scholastic excellence and financial need.
The Hugh Geoffrey Major Endowed Women's Law Scholarship was established by Patricia Carson (Class of 1952) and named for her son. The scholarship
is awarded to women students with financial need and good academic standing.
The Barbara M. Mathews Educational Scholarship, named for a 1983 law graduate, provides annual support for women students who majored
in humanities as undergraduates and who demonstrate financial need.
The Masud Mehran Endowed Fellowship is named for a member of the University Board of Trustees since 1986. The fellowship
is awarded to students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.
Preference is given to individuals displaying entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.
The Anthony J. Pagano Dean's Merit Scholarship, named for a former dean of the School of Law (1988-1998), is awarded at the discretion
of the current dean to a law student with financial need who demonstrates outstanding
achievement in law school.
The Roderick S. Polentz Memorial Endowed Scholarship, established in 2005 by a generous gift from the Polentz family, is named in memory
of a 1984 alumnus and is awarded to an evening law student.
The Joseph R. and June B. Rensch Endowed Scholarship is awarded to upper-division students on the basis of financial need, academic achievement,
and potential for business leadership.
The Kathryn E. Ringgold Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and solid academic standing,
with preference given to women or African Americans.
The Louie Sbarbaro Endowed Scholarship Fund is named for a longtime bon vivant and raconteur who resided in Siskiyou County,
California. This is a need-based scholarship, with preference given to students who
resided in the northern part of California before entering law school.
The Catherine Sherburne-Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund is named in memory of a 1956 School of Law graduate and its first female faculty
member. This fund provides assistance to a part-time woman student in her third or
The Professor James B. Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship is given to a part-time woman student with significant financial need or to an older
student of either gender.
The Union Bank of California Scholarship provides financial assistance to a low-income or minority student.
The Michael A. Zamperini/W. Clay Burchell Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a gay or lesbian law student who is beginning his or her final fall
semester. This scholarship is awarded based on overall academic achievement and academic
performance in the Writing & Research courses. An essay is required with the application.
The Joseph and Ruth Zukor Memorial Scholarship was endowed by Ruth Zukor in memory of her husband, who graduated from the School
of Law in 1956. This scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated financial
need and are in good academic standing.