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.

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Application and Selection Process

Both the scholarship application and the full general admissions application must be submitted electronically by the January 31st deadline in order to be considered for the scholarship. Click here to apply for the PIPS scholarship. Click here to apply for the PIPS scholarship.

Opportunities and Employment

Meet Our Current Scholars

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Christina Canalizo

B.A. History/Religious Studies, Stetson University, 2016

Growing up between the palm-studded beaches and mosquito-infested swamps of Ormond Beach, Florida, Christina has always had a passion for stories, particularly those that shed light on the human experience and inspire us to take action. At Stetson University she majored in History with a minor in Religious Studies, and she enjoyed studying the progress of (and impediments to) human rights across time and continents. She developed a particular passion for women’s rights, founding a new organization on campus called Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) and volunteering as a clinic escort at Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando. As President of SASA, she utilized the power of storytelling to ignite change on campus by hosting nationally-renowned guest speakers, organizing a Take Back the Night protest march, and encouraging survivors to discuss the barriers they faced to receiving justice and the support they needed from their communities. As a volunteer for Planned Parenthood, she witnessed first-hand how the law can expand or restrict the opportunities available to the clinic’s patients and the impact reproductive rights politics had on their daily lives.

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Audrey Mulholland

B.A. International Relations/Social Sciences, University of Southern California, 2014

Born and raised in the Midwest, Audrey moved from her hometown of Fishers, Indiana to pursue a degree in International Relations and Social Sciences from the University of Southern California.  While at USC she spent a semester studying abroad in Galway, Ireland which sparked her initial interest in law as she closely followed two court cases that would make key decisions in the arena of human rights. Upon graduation in 2014 Audrey spent a year living in Bangalore, India as an intern for International Justice Mission, a nonprofit that works to protect the poor from violence in the developing world. In India she worked with clients who were victims of bonded labor trafficking, and observed the defense of human rights at the most foundational level. This experience cemented her passion and desire to work in the field of international human rights and revealed the palpable impact the law can have in the lives of individuals.  Upon completion of her internship Audrey returned to Indiana and began volunteering with the Immigrant Justice Program at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Meet Our Past Scholars

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"The relationships forged through the program provided me an instant professional network as well as deep and enduring friendships."

Ana Corina, Whitman-Walker Health Legal Team

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