Institutional Scholarships

Scholarships

The AUWCL Office of Admissions considers all applicants for merit scholarships at the time of their admission; a separate application is not required. Merit scholarship awards primarily consider applicant academic indicators (LSAT/GRE and undergraduate GPA). Merit scholarships for full-time JD students are renewable for up to three academic years per the AUWCL Merit Scholarship Policy. The Office of Admissions generally begins awarding merit scholarship in January and continues throughout the admissions process. For the last two years, more than 60% of the incoming class received merit scholarships and the awards last year ranged from $10,000 up to full tuition.

The Public Interest Public Service (PIPS) Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship awarded to incoming (1L) full-time JD students only. The scholarship is awarded to those with a demonstrated commitment to public service, strong academic credentials, and a desire to pursue a public interest or public service career upon graduation. A separate scholarship application is required.

For more information on the PIPS Scholarship, including the link for the scholarship application, please click here.

The Myers Law Scholarship is AUWCL’s most prestigious award and provides one-year scholarships to matriculated full-time JD students (one or two annually) who show academic promise and demonstrate financial need. Scholarships are funded up to 125 percent of tuition. Applicants for this scholarship must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the AUWCL Institutional Need-Based Grant Application by the financial aid deadline, in order to determine the financial need of the applicant.

The Myers Law Scholarship also requires an additional application, including a personal statement and resume. Application procedures and selection criteria are announced in the WCL Docket email early in the fall semester with the application deadline typically 2-3 weeks after the first announcement.

For more information about the Myers Law Scholarship, please click here.

Through the generosity of AUWCL friends and alumni, dozens of named scholarships are awarded annually ranging in amounts from $1,000 to upwards of $20,000 depending on funding levels in a given year. Selection criteria for these scholarships vary. Most commonly awards are based on financial need and academic achievement.

The Restricted Scholarships require a separate application, including a personal statement and resume. Application procedures and selection criteria are announced in the WCL Docket email during the fall semester with the application deadline typically 2-3 weeks after the first announcement.

For more information about Restricted Scholarships, please click here.

The United Methodist Scholarship is awarded each academic year to full-time JD law students who are full members of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application. International students from one of the United Methodist Church Central Conferences must be a member of The United Methodist Church for a minimum of three years. International students from an autonomous Methodist Church (or non-UMC Central Conference) must have been a member of The United Methodist Church within the U.S. for at least three years.

The annual application, along with the required supplemental documentation, must be submitted to the AUWCL Office of Financial Aid by the March deadline listed on the application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is also required for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The application is posted annually to the Financial Aid Forms webpage when available.

The AUWCL Office of Financial Aid offers a limited number of need-based grants to qualifying full-time JD students only. The institutional application is offered free-of-charge and must be completed electronically on an annual basis. Grants are available to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens as defined by federal criteria. Full-tuition scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply. 

Parental information is required of every applicant for need-based grant support. Applications without parental information will not be considered unless approved by the AUWCL Financial Aid Office. Applicants with extenuating circumstances must email finaid@wcl.american.edu prior to the March 1 deadline. 

While we do not expect parents to contribute to law school, the application requires this information for all applicants regardless of age, marital status or dependents in order to gain a sense of the socioeconomic background the student is coming from and to gauge systemic need, which is most commonly demonstrated by receipt of a full federal Pell Grant during undergraduate studies. Eligibility for the need-based grant is determined by analyzing income and asset information, along with other institutional financial aid and/or external resources.  

The need-based aid application is not required for consideration of merit scholarships offered through the AUWCL Office of Admissions and/or federal student loans through the Department of Education.

Grant recipients must maintain full-time enrollment (12 credits per fall/spring semester), comply with program rules, and are limited to three years of support. Recipients must utilize their full Direct Stafford Loan eligibility ($20,500) each year to be considered for the need-based grant and the AUWCL Financial Aid Office will revoke grants for students who do not exhaust their Stafford loan eligibility.  For those who qualify, the annual award maximum is $15,000.

For more information about the need-based grant, please click here.