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Public Interest Scholarship Program

The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) created the Public Interest/Public Service Scholars (PIPS) Program in 2001 to provide financial and programmatic support to students with a clearly demonstrated commitment to public service, strong academic credentials, and an express desire to pursue a public interest or public service career upon graduation. Working closely with the Assistant Director of the Office of Public Interest, PIPS Scholars receive individualized academic and career counseling, faculty and other public interest mentoring, as well as additional support to ensure their experience at AUWCL equips them to pursue rewarding and meaningful careers in non-profit organizations, the government, or private public interest law firms.

AUWCL is proud to provide these three-year, full-tuition scholarships as part of its commitment to human dignity, community empowerment and global justice by investing in the next wave of public interest leadership. The scholarships are provided to allow scholars to concentrate on public interest commitments while in law school and to have a stronger financial position from which to engage in public interest careers upon graduation.

Cori Alonso-Yoder, PIPS Class of 2011 reflects on what it means to be part of the PIPS community at WCL.