WCL Restricted Scholarships
The Washington College of Law offers a limited number of scholarships established through the generosity of friends and alumni. Selection criteria for these scholarships may vary, but generally awards are based on need and academic achievement. These scholarships are awarded during the academic year. Application procedures, deadlines, and selection criteria are announced on MyWCL, and our Facebook page during the the fall semester.
The following scholarships were awarded in the 2013-2014 school year:
- The Myers Law Scholarship provides one-year scholarships to full-time students who show promise and demonstrate need. These scholarships are funded up to 100 percent of tuition so that the student(s) selected for the award may undertake or complete full-time study of law. Applicants for this scholarship must file the Need Access Application by the financial aid deadline.
Anonymous WCL Scholarship
Awarded on the basis of financial need.
Arbenz Family Endowed Scholarship
Awarded in accordance with financial aid policies to a student studying international human rights law.
Mary C. Arends Scholarship
In accordance with the donor’s wishes, preference is given to a first year woman student entering law school after several years in the workplace and who is interested in public interest, civil rights or domestic law. Preference is given to women in the part-time program or women with children.
Kenneth and Patricia Auberger Scholarship
Established by bequest of Kenneth Auberger '59 and his wife Patricia to support law students with financial need.
- Gerald Battist IP Endowed Scholarship
Endowed by Gerald Battist '66 to fund an intellectual property law scholarship.
- Trishana Bowden Scholarship
Preference is given to a student of color who is a member of the editorial staff of a WCL journal.
- Centennial Scholarship
Awarded to any enrolled student, JD or LLM, with financial need and academic merit (top 10% in class standing).
James & Leona Cobb Scholarship
Established by James and Sharon Howard, WCL '80. In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference is given to a first or second year African-American, West Indian, or Native American student based on scholarship and demonstrated financial need.
Michael Cochran Memorial Scholarship
Awarded in memory of Michael Cochran, brother of Stephen Cochran WCL '72. The award is given to a student in the clinical program interested in civil litigation.
Grace Markel Daish
In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference is given to a woman law student.
James C. Eastman Scholarship
Awarded to a part-time student in memory of James C. Eastman WCL '66, a partner in the law firm of Jackson & Campbell and wellknown litigator.
- Milton Freeman Scholarship
Established in honor of Phyllis Freeman WCL ’41, on the basis of need.
Raymond I. Geraldson Student Award
Awarded annually to a student committed to pursuing a career in international humanitarian law.
Emalee C. Godsey Scholarship
Awarded to a second or third year student, with financial need, in memory of a former WCL Registrar.
June L. Green Scholarship
The purpose of this gift is to establish an endowed scholarship fund in the name of June L. Green. There are no other criteria specified by the donor.
Fred R. Joseph Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Fred R. Joseph AU '65, WCL '68, this need-based award is for a student interested in public interest, civil rights, or criminal law as demonstrated through service in the community, work experience or participation in one of WCL's clinical programs.
Kappa Beta Pi Scholarship
Awarded by the members of Kappa Beta Pi legal sorority. In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference is given to a female law student.
John & Tyna Karl Employee Rights Scholarship
Awarded to a student who, through great academic and extracurricular commitment, demonstrates great promise for a career advocating on behalf of employees in the workplace.
Judge Seymour Korn Scholarship
In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference is given to a Jewish student, with financial need.
Leadership Endowed Scholarship
This fund provides support for up to two female law students: one pursuing JD, and the second pursuing an LLM; who are in good academic standing, have financial need, and demonstrate leadership skills in the WCL community.
Jackson Lewis Employment Law Scholarship
The Jackson Lewis Employment Law Scholarship is awarded to a WCL student with an interest in pursuing a career in labor law, employment law, benefits, or some other aspect of workplace law. In selecting from a pool of qualified candidates, preference will be given to students from populations that are underrepresented in the legal profession or the school.
Belva A. Lockwood Scholarship
Awarded in memory of the first women admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Arthur Mathews Memorial Scholarship
Established to honor Art Mathews, a distinguished member of the firm and a long-time member of the WCL adjunct faculty. A strong believer in providing the same high quality of legal work for his pro bono clients as he did for those who paid, this award is given to a student whose record of commitment demonstrates that he or she will follow Mr. Mathews' example.
Leonard and Miriam Melrod Scholarship
Awarded to a deserving student.
Elliott S. Milstein Endowed Scholarship
Established to honor former Dean and current professor Elliott S. Milstein, this award is given to a third year student with financial need who intends to go into practice representing the poor in either civil or criminal cases. The commitment to such work must be demonstrated during law school or by activities prior to law school.
John Sherman Myers Alumni Scholarship
The John Sherman Myers Alumni Scholarship was created in 1967 by WCL graduates to honor former Dean John Sherman Myers. It is awarded to a student who has excelled both in academics and extracurricular activities.
Sandra J. Oakman Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Sandra J. Oakman, Assistant Dean of Admissions, this award is presented annually to recognize a student's commitment to furthering the mission and goals of the WCL Office of Admission.
Dora Palkin Memorial Scholarship
Awarded in memory of Dora Palkin, WCL '16. In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference is given to a female student.
Marcy C. Panzer and Manny D. Pokotilow Scholarship
Awarded to an evening division student with financial need.
Nicholas Papian Famly Scholarship
Endowed by Nicholas Papian '78 to provide support to promising students with a preference given to a student with financial need who best exemplifies the commitment and dedication to learning instilled in the Donor by his parents, Nestor and Bessie Papian.
Colonel Kenneth W. Patrum, Esq. Scholarship
This fund provides financial support to promising students, preferably incoming at WCL. Qualified students will demonstrate financial need and a solid academic background.
Paul P. Purta Scholarship
Established to honor Paul P. Purta, this award is given to a student with financial need who has worked in a profession such as social work, counseling or the ministry and appreciates the influence of religion in public and professional life.
Laura Reckman Scholarship
Awarded to a student with a nursing or health care background. The scholarship was a gift from Alvina Reckman Myers to the American University School of Nursing and was transferred to WCL when the school was closed.
Elizabeth F. Reed and Ernest E. Salisbury Scholarship
Awarded to a student with financial need who has demonstrated scholastic achievement and involvement in the WCL Community. The scholarship honors the memory of Elizabeth F. Reed '27 and Earnest E. Salisbury '33.
Peter S. Ridley, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Awarded in memory of Peter S. Ridley, Jr.,'70. The recipient must be a first or second year African-American student who possesses distinct leadership qualities as evidenced by their involvement in the progression of WCL and/or the community at large or service to the community.
Joy Schwan-Best Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Joy Schwan-Best. In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference is given to a second or third year female law student on the basis of proven merit, financial need, and service to the community.
Paul J. Sedgwick Scholarship
Awarded to a student with financial need.
Southard Murphy Family Endowment
Awarded in memory of the mother of Betty Southard Murphy '58, this scholarship recognizes a student for distinguished service to the WCL community and for anticipated involvement as an alumnus.
Stephen & Beatrice Dodd Toth Scholarship
Preference is given to a woman student with financial need and in the top 20% of her class.
Ves Vorobyev Scholarship
This fund provides support for law students with financial need in good academic standing.
Edward J. Walker Clinical Scholarship
Established in memory of Edward J. Walker, '85, this award is given to a student with financial need, preferably from Northern Virginia, who is enrolled in the clinical program.
WCL Dean’s Merit Scholarship
The WCL Dean’s Merit Scholarship is awarded to a deserving student based on merit.
WCL International Students Scholarship
The WCL International Students Scholarship is awarded to students who have shown merit and demonstrate a commitment to the law school community.
WCL Law Review & Journal Scholarship
The WCL Law Review & Journal Scholarship is awarded to a member of the Law Review or other WCL student-edited journal who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.
WCL Scholars Fund Scholarship
The WCL Scholarship Fund Scholarship is awarded to students who have shown merit and demonstrate a commitment to the law school community.
John Cobourn Webb Scholarship Fund
Awarded annually to WCL student(s) who have matriculated to WCL and who have shown promise, exhibited academic and leadership ability, and demonstrated financial need and academic qualification in accord with the WCL's financial aid policies.
Mark K. Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Awarded in honor of Mark K. Wilson, former Editor-In-Chief of the American University Law review. This scholarship is given annually to a member of the Senior Editorial Board of the Law Review.
Robert J. Woldow Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Robert J. Woldow, a leader and internationally recognized expert in the securities law field, this award is given to a second year student, with need, who is interested in practicing in the corporate or securities law area. Preference is given to renewal candidates.
Wilson & Amelia Young Memorial Scholarship
In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference is given to an African-American female student based on financial need and academic achievement.
Online application is available on the Financial Aid Forms Page.