STCLH Scholarships

South Texas College of Law Houston is committed to helping make higher education affordable to our students.  In this section, you will find a list of INTERNAL scholarships that may be of interest to you.  If you apply for and receive an award, please let the Financial Aid Office know.  In addition, during your time at South Texas College of Law Houston, the Financial Aid Office will make additional scholarship opportunities available to students.

Scholarship Amount:
$4,000

Description:
The Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter (ACC) intends to grant up to twelve (12) $4,000 scholarships to qualified students from the three Houston-area law schools. The scholarships will consist of one-time grants that will be awarded to the recipients only once in their law school years. The scholarships are intended to be, and should be, used by the law students for tuition and other expenses directly related to law school, otherwise the scholarship money will be taxable income to the students.

Criteria:
1. Enrollment at one of the Houston-area law schools in the Fall 2016 semester; 2. Diverse status as a racial or ethnic minority; 3. Academic accomplishment (i.e., official transcript reflecting the student’s calculated GPA and overall ranking in the top third of his or her class); 4. Financial need (i.e., financial aid letter showing the student’s financial budget for the school year – official not required – can print from STANLEY); 5. Extra-curricular activities (e.g., pro bono); and 6. Service to the law school.

Application Deadline:
November 2018

Scholarship Amount:
Two (2) $12,500

Description:
This scholarship was established in 2015 through the generosity of the C.T. Bauer Foundation. Two scholarships, each in the amount of $12,500, will be awarded to continuing students who have completed at least two semesters and who demonstrate academic merit (minimum B average), financial need, and a proven commitment to South Texas College of Law Houston, the legal community, and public service. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible.

Criteria:
1. A double-spaced typed statement addressing your academic merit, financial need (how you fund your law school education), and commitment to STCL, the legal community, and public service. 2. A current résumé. 3. A transcript (unofficial copy printed from STANLEY is acceptable). 4. A current financial aid award letter (unofficial copy printed from STANLEY is acceptable).

Application Deadline:
September 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$1,000

Description:
The Elizabeth A. Dennis Langdell Scholar Award was established in 2007 by L. Steve Young (’93) to honor Assistant Dean Elizabeth A. Dennis (’84) who, in 1989, established the Langdell Scholars Program, and to commemorate the positive experience he received while participating as a tutor in the Langdell Scholars Program under Dean Dennis’ supervision in the early 1990s. The award is presented annually to a graduating student who has made significant contributions to the Langdell Scholar Program.

The recipient will be presented with a check in the amount of $1,000 and a plaque at the South Texas College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall.

Criteria:
Interested third year students should complete this form and attach to it both of the following:

1. A double-spaced typed statement describing: (1) Your approach to being a Langdell Scholar, and (2) What you learned from your experience as a Langdell Scholar. Please feel free to add anything that you consider relevant to your application for the award. 2. A current résumé.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
Two (2) $5,000

Description:
N/A

Criteria:
1. Must be a 2L or 3L student at the time of application for the scholarship. 2. Must have a strong interest in a career in litigation. 3. Must have a record of academic merit both overall and in relevant coursework. 4. Must have participated in mock trial or moot court competitions. 5. Prior or current employment in a litigation-oriented position is desirable. 6. Financial need. 7. Must be available to attend a luncheon of the HBA Litigation Section in Spring.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$1,000

Description:
N/A

Criteria:
1. A student enrolled in or having completed class(as) in Wills, Trusts, Estate Administration, Guardianships, Estate & Gift Tax or Estate planning (the subject areas). 2. A student who has shown exemplary success in any of the subject areas either through superior grades, internships or clerkships. 3. A student who has evidenced a strong interest in pursuing a career in the practice of the subject areas mentioned above.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$1,000

Description:
N/A

Criteria:
1. Must be a 3L student in the spring of 2017. 2. Must have a strong interest in a career in tax. 3. Must have completed the introductory Federal Income Tax class. 4. Must be enrolled in or have completed at least one advanced tax course. 5. Scholarship will be awarded at the HBA Tax Section luncheon in either April or May.

Application Deadline:
April 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$2,500

Description:
This award is presented annually to a graduating female student, preferably from the Houston Heights area, who exemplifies the qualities of public service and commitment to social causes, especially those involving women. Candidates are asked to provide a brief statement describing their involvement in these initiatives and how they plan to continue this involvement in their legal careers. This award is open to any female student that graduated in December 2016 or will be graduating in May 2017.

Criteria:
Hortense Sparks was born in Matagorda County in 1872. As a young woman, she taught school before marrying Albert Malsch, with whom she had three daughters. The couple lived in Houston, where Hortense worked as a court reporter and first became interested in studying law. She was divorced in 1906 and in 1908 married Houston attorney William Henry Ward. She passed the Texas bar exam in 1910 and became the first woman admitted to the Texas state bar. She and her husband practiced law together. In 1915, she became the first southern woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court.
As a suffragist and legal activist, Ward played a prominent role in the 1913 passage of the Married Woman’s Property law, which gave women control of their separate property and wages, and in the passage of the 54-hour work week for women. In 1918, she helped prepare the legislation for the primary suffrage bill and the Texas prohibition law. On June 27, 1918, Hortense Ward became the first woman in Harris County to register to vote.

In addition to her work on the All-Woman Supreme Court case, Ward was active throughout the 1920s in both state and national politics, particularly in fighting against the Ku Klux Klan. She continued to practice law until the death of her husband in 1939. She died in 1944.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$1,000

Description:
The Jim Alfini/Hans Lawton Award is made annually to the 3L student who has made the most significant contributions to, and demonstrated the most interest in, the dispute resolution field through coursework and other activities while enrolled at South Texas College of Law.
The total amount to be awarded is $1,000. One or more recipients will be presented with a check and a plaque at the South Texas College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall.

Criteria:
Interested individuals should complete this form and attach to it the following:

1. A double-spaced typed statement (no longer than two pages) describing your academic and extracurricular achievements, financial need, involvement in community and Hispanic initiatives, and your career aspirations. Please feel free to add anything that you consider relevant to your application for the award. 2. A current résumé. 3. Most recent financial aid award letter.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$10,000

Description:
The Lylene Pilkenton Scholarship was established in 2005 by Neal Hirschfeld ’80 in honor of Assistant Dean and Registrar Lylene Pilkenton. The scholarship is awarded annually to the student or students who demonstrate superior academic performance and outstanding leadership ability in College initiatives. To be eligible, applicants should have completed at least 30 credit hours of study at the close of the fall semester. Scholarships in the total amount of $10,000 will be awarded for the following academic year.

Criteria:
Interested individuals should complete this form and attach to it the following:

1. A double-spaced typed statement (no longer than two pages) describing your academic and extracurricular achievements, financial need, involvement in community and Hispanic initiatives, and your career aspirations. Please feel free to add anything that you consider relevant to your application for the award. 2. A current résumé. 3. Most recent financial aid award letter.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$250

Description:

The Lyndon B. Johnson Civil Rights Award was established at South Texas College of Law in 1998 with a gift from Beth Sufian and James A. Passamano. The award is presented each year to the student who has demonstrated an individual commitment to civil rights under law. The annual award consists of a bronze presentation bust of President Johnson and a scholarship award of $250. Also, the name of each recipient will be displayed along with the sculpture of President Johnson.

The award will be presented at the South Texas College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall.

Criteria:
(1) The applicant shall have completed or be enrolled in at least one course for which the candidate has received or will receive credit toward a J.D. degree that contains civil rights or human rights law as course subject matter in any amount;

(2) The applicant shall provide the name of a South Texas College of Law faculty member who may be contacted for a personal reference; and

(3) The applicant shall provide a written description (of any length) of the candidate’s activities related to advancing or protecting the civil and human rights of individuals. The activities described may include the applicant’s volunteer activity, work activity, professional activity, academic activity or any other activity that demonstrates the a commitment to civil rights under law.

Candidates may nominate themselves or may be nominated by others, including faculty members.

The review committee will select as the recipient the candidate who demonstrates greatest commitment to civil rights through their activities, course work, academic writing (if any), legal clinical work (if any), academic performance, and professional goals (if any are stated).

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$1,000

Description:
The Marina and Bernardino Agosto, Sr. Award was established in 2012 by Bernardino “Benny” Agosto, Jr. ’95 in honor of his parents, Marina and Bernardino Agosto, Sr. The award is presented to outstanding graduating students of Hispanic origin who demonstrate financial need. Up to five recipients each will be presented with a check in the amount of $1,000 at the South Texas College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall.

Criteria:
Interested individuals should complete this form and attach to it the following:

1. A double-spaced typed statement (no longer than two pages) describing your academic and extracurricular achievements, financial need, involvement in community and Hispanic initiatives, and your career aspirations. Please feel free to add anything that you consider relevant to your application for the award. 2. A current résumé. 3. Most recent financial aid award letter.

In addition to her work on the All-Woman Supreme Court case, Ward was active throughout the 1920s in both state and national politics, particularly in fighting against the Ku Klux Klan. She continued to practice law until the death of her husband in 1939. She died in 1944.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$1,000

Description:
Applications are now being accepted for the Professor Elaine A. Carlson Scholarship for Texas Judicial clerkships. The Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a commitment to public service as evidenced by their acceptance of a judicial clerkship with a Texas appellate court.
The recipient will be presented with a check in the amount of $1,000 and a plaque at the South Texas College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall

Criteria:
To apply, interested individuals should submit the following:
1. A completed application form.
2. A current resume.
3. A transcript reflecting their coursework at STCL.
4. A letter supporting their acceptance of a judicial clerkship with a Texas appellate court.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$1,000

Description:
Applications are now being accepted for the Professor Pamela E. George Family Law Award. The Award is presented annually to a graduating student who has exhibited a keen interest in family law and plans to pursue a career practicing in that area. The recipient will be presented with a check in the amount of $1,000 and a plaque at the South Texas College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall.

Criteria:
Interested individuals should complete this form and attach to it both of the following:

1. A double-spaced typed statement (no longer than one and one-half pages) of your career aspirations focusing upon your interest in family law. Your statement should identify specific attributes you posses and activities—academic and/or practical—which reinforce your desire to practice in that area. Please feel free to add anything that you consider relevant to your application for the award.

2. A current résumé.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$500

Description:

The Professor Richard J. Graving Award was established in 2009 by Elizabeth King (’93) in honor of Professor Richard J. Graving. The award, in the amount of $500, is presented annually to a student who demonstrates leadership and interest in the field of international law.

The recipient will be presented with a check in the amount of $500 and a plaque at the South Texas College of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall.

Criteria:
Interested individuals should complete this form and attach to it both of the following:

1. A double-spaced typed statement describing your leadership and interest in the field of international law and your career aspirations. Please feel free to add anything that you consider relevant to your application for the award.

2. A current résumé.

Application Deadline:
March 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$2,000-$4,000

Description:

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at South Texas College of Law is pleased to announce the availability of the Sam and Ruth Gross Memorial Scholarship for eligible minority applicants enrolled in the Spring Semester. This scholarship is an award ranging from $2,000 to $4,000, which will be applied to the current semester’s tuition.

The scholarship was established in 2005 by Michael Gross ’71 in memory of his parents. The scholarship is available to minority students with financial need who have completed at least 15 hours of study, but not more than 65, and who have achieved at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Interested students must complete the application below and submit it along with a copy of their most recent financial aid award letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is fine) and a brief essay (not more than 500 words) explaining challenges they have met in pursuit of a law degree. Applicants may describe in the essay any achievements, experiences or contributions that distinguish them.

Criteria:
1. Must have completed at least 15 credit hours and not more than 65 credit hours as of the end of the fall semester. 2. Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 3. Must be a minority student who has overcome challenges in pursuing a law degree. 4. Demonstrate financial need.

Application Deadline:
April 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$500

Description:

The Susan Scoble Scholarship Award, established in February 2011, honors Susan June Scoble, Patron Services Librarian at South Texas College of Law, who had a unique way of connecting with and helping others and was especially important to a multitude of student workers who lovingly called her their “library mom.” Her compassion and words of encouragement inspired them to be strong during tough times and push through struggles with determination.

The $500 award is presented semi-annually, at the end of the fall and spring semesters, the award is presented at the end of each semester to a student who is employed at South Texas College of Law in the work-study program at the time of application. The recipients are recognized at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony to be held in April in Garrett-Townes Hall.

Criteria:
The completed application form must be accompanied by the following:

A. A double-spaced typed statement of up to 500 words describing: (1) your experiences working at STCL, (2) how the working experience is helping your personal growth, (3) situations in which you went beyond the call of duty to assist other students, and (4) circumstances when you, like Susan, put others’ needs before your own.

B. A current résumé.

Application Deadline:
April 2018

Scholarship Amount:
$3,000

Description:
Internal scholarship intended for those with the desire to pursue a career in Tax Law.

Criteria:
1. Must be interested in a career in taxation. 2. Must be scheduled to graduate in the specific fall or spring award is being offered. 3. Must have completed the introductory Federal Income Tax class. 4. Must be currently enrolled in or have completed at least one advanced tax course. 5. Must have a “B” average or greater in tax-related coursework and an overall “B” average or greater. 6. Must be either: (a) a full-time student, or (b) a part-time student who works full time in a corporate tax capacity at a company in the greater Houston area. 7. Demonstrate financial need. 8. Must not have previously been awarded this scholarship.

Application Deadline:
Fall and Spring

Scholarship Amount:
$5,000

Description:
The Texas A&M Aggie Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Mr. Patrick D. Mahoney ’88 and other graduates of Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law Houston. The scholarship is awarded to students who (1) graduated from Texas A&M University; (2) exemplify core Texas A&M University values, such as excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, and selfless service to the community, (3) demonstrate academic merit and financial need; and (4) do not have other scholarships that, in total, are one-half or more of their current tuition at STCL.

Criteria:
1. A double-spaced typed statement describing how you meet the criteria listed above, including your commitment to excellence, demonstrated leadership abilities, service to STCL and the greater community, and your career aspirations. Please feel free to add anything that you consider relevant to your application for the scholarship. 2. A current résumé. 3. A transcript (unofficial copy printed from STANLEY is acceptable). 4. Most recent financial aid award letter (unofficial copy printed from STANLEY is acceptable).

Application Deadline:
September 2018