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Diversity in Law Scholarship

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Aug 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Sep 1, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
25 years old or older
Education Level:
Graduate law degree
First-generation student

While fields like law have become increasingly diverse in recent years, partners and associates are still predominantly white and male, especially at elite firms. 

For example, while 40% of summer associates at US law firms are people of color, only 10% of partners are BIPOC. Similarly, partner positions are far more male-dominated than associate positions which have more female representation.

This scholarship aims to support first-generation law students who are passionate about using their careers to help others.  

Any first-generation law student who is at least 25 years old may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about your experience after receiving your undergraduate degree and why you decided to return to school to pursue law.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published March 9, 2022
Essay Topic

What has your experience been like after receiving your undergraduate degree? Why did you decide to go back to school to pursue law?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Katia Bouza
Southern Methodist UniversityDallas, TX
My first experience in the legal field was when I interned with an Immigration Attorney through Exxon-Mobil’s Community Service Internship Program. This internship placed us in non-profits who were in need of interns. During this internship, I was given many roles such as being able to help people in need by providing financial assistance through our grants, helping people apply for food stamps, and assisting the attorney by translating legal documents from Spanish to English. This job helped me confirm my decision that becoming a lawyer was my next step. There was this fire in me anytime I was able to give guidance to any person who came into the office, I felt as if I had a purpose on this earth and that was to help others with counsel. After graduating from college in May of 2018, I decided to take time off from school, and dedicate the next two years of my life working with under-represented students at a low-income high school as their College Advisor. Through the College Advising Corps-Texas A&M chapter I was working with under-privileged students, and encouraging them to pursue higher education. I assisted almost eight-hundred students in applying to college and helping them figure out a post-graduate plan. Every day I had the honor to ask a new student what their dream is and how I can help them achieve that dream whether it was through helping them apply to college, technical school, or connecting them with local recruiters in the military. Seeing students accomplish their dream of attending College was a privilege to watch especially since a majority of them where first-generation college students. This last year I was teaching Texas History in a low-income middle-school in Houston. I was excited to be pouring out knowledge to students and hoping to start a fire in when it comes to learning history. I enjoy working with students because I get to be a part of shaping the future leaders of tomorrow. It may not always be sunshine and butterflies, but they are wonderful scholars who have the potential to do anything they want. I hope to one day help make the foster care system better by being a Child Protective Services attorney. My experience in the education field contributed to my interest in corporate law, labor and employment, tax law, and played a role in my decision to pursue a career in the legal profession.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Sep 1, 2022.

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