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Returning Student Scholarships and Fellowships

The following scholarships and fellowships are available to returning Hamline Law students. Please note that additional scholarship and fellowship opportunities exist for incoming, first-year Hamline Law students.

Internal Scholarship Opportunities

The following is a listing of the 2012-2013 scholarships given to returning Hamline Law students. This list will be updated in Spring 2013 to reflect scholarships and amounts available to returning students for 2013-2014.

Application Instructions

Please note: All applications are submitted through Symplicity.

Applicants may obtain copies of the scholarship application forms from within each scholarship job posting in Symplicity – search for Job Type: Scholarships. Save the application form to your hard drive and complete the requested information. You must then upload your scholarship application form(s) for each separate scholarship into your Documents section in Symplicity. Be sure to categorize them as "Document Type: Resume*." Then, apply to those for which you qualify by submitting your previously uploaded scholarship application form to the corresponding scholarship job posting. The deadline to apply is June 17, 2012.

*If you do not have an existing resume in Symplicity, your scholarship application forms may be delayed temporarily since the system will require Career Services staff approval. This process should not take longer than a few business hours.

SCHOLARSHIP  

NO. & AMT.  

AWARD CRITERIA  

Robert H. Atkins

1 at $1100

Demonstrated financial need. Preference given to applicants with demonstrated interest in environmental law or environmental and consumer protection.

John C. & Edna S.  Benson

1 at $1200

Student who is in good academic standing. Applicant must demonstrate the quantity and quality of the applicant's connections to Minneapolis and contributions to the Minneapolis community.

Elsie L. Blackhurst

1 at $1500

Female student with demonstrated commitment to public service as a lawyer who is planning a career in public service and financial need. Applicants must have a 2.50 cumulative law school grade point average. Applicants may submit letters of recommendation for this scholarship.  

Susan Berne Bonine

2 at $3000

Awarded to a rising second year student with demonstrated financial need. Some preference may be given to older or other non-traditional students.

Kenneth G. Brill

1 at $1000

Awarded to a rising third year student in recognition of academic performance and demonstrated personal qualities of integrity, leadership, and citizenship; and demonstrated financial need.

Cynthia Clark

1 at $675

A non-traditional student with a passion for justice and the law; someone who derives joy from sharing and helping others.

Dorsey & Whitney

2 at $1500

Demonstrated high academic achievement at Hamline Law, commitment to excellence in extracurricular activities and demonstrated financial need.

John S. Evans

1 at $2000

Demonstrated academic success in Agricultural Law courses or intent to practice law in a rural community.

Jon M. Garon

2 at $2500

Current law student who has demonstrated a proficiency in innovation or artistic endeavors and demonstrates an interest in the field of intellectual property law. Must be in good academic standing. Financial need may be considered.

Joseph P. Gatto IV

1 at $4000

Student with interest in children's issues and children's advocacy.

Hall/Page

1 at $1200

Demonstrated financial need.

Law Faculty

1 at $1000

Second or third year law student based upon demonstrated financial need.

Robert L. Levine

1 at $2000

Student who has excelled at Hamline Law despite entering with a low undergraduate grade point average and low LSAT score. Demonstrated financial need.

Nelson Mandela

1 at $1500

Student from South Africa or Africa, or student who embodies the ideals of love and forgiveness exemplified by Nelson Mandela.

Angela M. McCaffrey
Public Law

2 at $2000

Student who has demonstrated a commitment to practice law in the public interest or in the public sector.

Gregg Meyers

1 at $2500

Awarded to a rising second year law student with demonstrated financial need. Preference to older and/or non-traditional students.

Richard T. Oakes

1 at $2500

Awarded to any student who was not an outstanding undergraduate student, but who is performing in the top quartile of their law school class and who has demonstrated financial need.

Dwight D. Opperman

1 at $2500

Rising second year student who is ranked in the top ten percent of the class in law school, but who did not receive a merit-based scholarship during their first year.

Justice James C. Otis Memorial
Public Service

1 at $2000

Any law student who demonstrates integrity, respect for the law, and a belief in public service.

SBA Educational Trust Fund  #1

1 at 1/3 tuition

Outstanding participation in Hamline Law School student government related activities, including Law School student organizations. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and must not have previously received a SBA Scholarship or any other substantial Law School scholarship.

SBA Educational Trust Fund #2

1 at 1/3 tuition

Outstanding participation in extraneous civic or community service related activities. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and must not have previously received a SBA Scholarship or any other substantial Law School scholarship.

SBA Educational Trust Fund #3

1 at 1/3 tuition

Student of color with outstanding participation in Law School student government related activities, or in extraneous civic or community service related activities. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and must not have previously received a SBA Scholarship or any other substantial Law School scholarship.

Robert J. Sheran
Litigation & Practice

1 at $750

Student who received a grade of B or higher in the Litigation Practice Course and demonstrated abilities in advocacy or litigation (i.e. Moot Court, Practicum, or Clinic).

Amy Silberberg

1 at $1500

Rising second year student who has demonstrated a commitment to either child advocacy or family law, and who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership in support for the well-being of all children.

Teddy Morrow Wimer

1 at $1000

Student with (1) financial need, (2) from a single-parent home.

The Honorable James A. Wright

1 at $4000

Rising second or third year law student who demonstrates strong interest in trial practice and has superior academic performance, moot court competition experience, law school extra curricular activities or a combination of these. Preference may be given to a student who is North Dakota resident.


Returning Student Scholarship Descriptions

Robert Harris Atkins Scholarship


Awarded annually to a law school student with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students with an interest in environmental law, environmental and consumer protection, or, if no student with these interests is identified, to a student who has demonstrated an interest in protecting the civil liberties of all individuals.

John C. & Edna Server Benson Scholarship


Mary Benson Davison, daughter of John Benson and Edna Server Benson (1911 graduates from the Hamline University College of Liberal Arts), made this gift in her parents’ memory and in honor of Hamline’s 150th anniversary in 2004. John Benson was a founding partner of the Minneapolis Law Firm, Faegre and Benson, which is now one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States. The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual tuition scholarship to one or more students in the School of Law who are in good academic standing.

Elsie Leavitt Blackhurst Public Service Scholarship


Awarded to a female student with demonstrated commitment to public service as a lawyer who is planning a career in public service. Applicants must have a 2.500 cumulative law school grade average. Financial need will be considered.

Susan Berne Bonine Scholarship


This scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need who completed the first year of law school in the top 15% of the class. Preference is given to students who enrolled in law school after one or more years of post-college experience.

Kenneth G. Brill Scholarship


Awarded to a rising third year student in recognition of academic performance and demonstrated personal qualities of integrity, leadership, and citizenship; and demonstrated financial need.

Cynthia Clark Scholarship


Awarded to a non-traditional student with a passion for justice and the law; someone who derives joy from sharing and helping others.

Dorsey & Whitney Scholarship


Scholarships awarded to students with demonstrated high academic achievement at Hamline Law and a commitment to excellence in extracurricular activities.

John S. Evans Scholarship


Awarded to students who have demonstrated academic in Agricultural Law courses or a student who intends to practice law in a rural community.

Jon M. Garon Scholarship


Awarded to a current law student who has demonstrated a proficiency in innovation or artistic endeavors and demonstrates an interest in the field of intellectual property law. Must by in good academic standing, and financial need may be considered.

Joseph P. Gatto IV Scholarship


Established by Paul J. Gatto JD ’76 and his wife Catherine, in memory of Paul’s cousin, J.P. Gatto IV, who died in an auto accident in 2003 at the age of four. This scholarship supports law students who are interested in children’s issues and child advocacy.

James A./Pauline M. Hall & Hershell R./Ruth Ann Page Scholarship


Created by Sharon L. Hall JD ’79 and James M. Page JD ’80 to provide scholarship support for one or more students who demonstrate financial need.

Intellectual Property Programs Endowment


This endowed fund was created to provide annual support for moot court teams, the legal clinic, and other programs and events in the Intellectual Property area of the law. The funds will be distributed at the discretion of the Dean of the Law School.

Latino Law Student Association Scholarship


Established by the Latino Law Student Association in 2005. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to a Hamline University School of Law Hispanic/Latino/a student, based on merit and financial need.

Law Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship


Established by the Alumni Board to assist second and third year students in recognition of service and academic achievement.

Law Faculty Scholarship


Established by School of Law faculty to support students on the basis of financial need.

Robert L. Levine Scholarship


Awarded to a student who has excelled at Hamline Law despite entering with a low undergraduate grade point average and low LSAT score. Financial need will be considered.

Nelson Mandela Scholarship


Awarded annually to a student who is from South Africa or Africa, or a student who embodies the ideals of love and forgiveness exemplified by Nelson Mandela.

Angela M. McCaffrey Scholarship

Awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to practice law in the public interest or in the public sector.

Gregg E. Meyers Scholarship


This scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and who completed the first year in the top 15% of the class. Preference is given to students who enrolled in law school after one or more years of post-college experience.

Richard T. Oakes Scholarship


Awarded to any student who was not an outstanding undergraduate student, but who is performing in the top quartile of their law school class and who has demonstrated financial need.

Dwight D. Opperman Scholarship


Awarded to a second year law student who is ranked in the top ten percent of the class who did not receive a merit-based scholarship during his or her first year of law school.

Justice James C. Otis, Jr. Memorial Public Service Scholarship


Established by Gwen Lerner JD ’78 and her husband Dr. Irving Lerner. This scholarship honors Justice Otis, a mentor and friend to Gwen, and supports law students who demonstrate integrity, respect for the law, and belief in public service as exemplified by Justice Otis.

Justice James C. Otis, Jr. Minority Scholarship


This scholarship was established to support one or more ethnic minority students in order to enhance diversity and assist students of color who demonstrate a commitment to serving their communities.

Rider Bennett Alumni Scholarship


This fund was established by Hamline University School of Law Alumni at Rider Bennett. The purpose of the fund is to provide one or more annual scholarships to 2L students who ranked in the top 25% of their class at the end of their first year and have demonstrated skill in both legal writing and oral advocacy.

Robert J. Sheran Litigation and Practice Scholarship


Awarded to students with a grade of B or higher in the Litigation Practice Course and demonstrated abilities in advocacy or litigation (i.e. Moot Court, Practicums, or Clinics).

Amy Silberberg Scholarship


This scholarship fund provides annual tuition to one or more 2L students in the school of law who are in good academic standing and committed to the fields of child advocacy or family law, and have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership in support of the well-being of children.

Student Bar Association Scholarships


Awarded for outstanding participation in extraneous civic or community service related activities.

Student Bar Association Diversity Scholarship


Awarded to a student of color with outstanding participation in School of Law student government related activities, or in extraneous civic or community service related activities.

Teddy Morrow Wimer Scholarship


The purpose of The Teddy Morrow Wimer Scholarship Fund is to provide an annual tuition scholarship to one or more students in the School of Law who meet the following criteria: (1) financial need, (2) from a single-parent home.

The Honorable James A. Wright Scholarship


Awarded to a student who is a North Dakota resident with a demonstrated strong interest in trial practice, whose conduct exhibits a high level of integrity and civility.