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/or academic achievement. Scholarship(s) specific to LL.M. students are denoted. Online MLS students are not eligible to apply for Restricted Scholarships.
The Restricted Scholarships require a separate application, including a personal statement and resume. Application procedures and selection criteria are announced on MyWCL and in the WCL Daily email during the fall semester with the application deadline typically 2-3 weeks after the first announcement.
The Restricted Scholarship application is announced by the AUWCL Financial Aid Office early in the fall semester with the deadline typically in mid to late September. The exact dates can fluctuate annually with the timeframe generally remaining the same. The Restricted Scholarships application is always announced after the Myers Law Scholarship.
Complete the Restricted Scholarships application online, including a personal statement and resume. Only one application is required no matter how many scholarships are selected on the application (please note: only select scholarships for which you may be eligible).
If applying for scholarships with financial need as a determining factor, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the AUWCL Institutional Need-Based Grant Application preferably by the financial aid deadline. The application is accessed from the Forms webpage (when available).
The following is a list of Restricted Scholarships awarded in the prior academic year:
Anonymous AUWCL Endowed Scholarship
Established by an anonymous donor, this scholarship supports a deserving student with financial need.
Arbenz Family Endowed Scholarship
Established by Erick Arbenz and Karin Rosenberg-Miskovsky in 2012, this scholarship supports a student studying international human rights law or who has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of human rights.
Mary C. Arends Endowed Scholarship
Established by alumni, faculty, and staff to acknowledge the significant contribution of Mary Arends, AUWCL’s first Director of Development (1983-1991), this scholarship supports a first year female student entering law school after several years in the workplace, who is interested in public interest/public service, civil rights and/or domestic issues.
Kenneth and Patricia Auberger Endowed Scholarship
Established by bequest of Kenneth Auberger ’59 and his wife Patricia in 2006, this scholarship supports law students with financial need.
AUWCL Anonymous Endowment
Established by an anonymous donor, this scholarship supports a student from a middle-income family who has demonstrated financial need.
AUWCL Dean's Merit Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2002, this scholarship supports a deserving student based on merit.
AUWCL International Students Endowed Scholarship
Established by AUWCL, this scholarship supports students who have shown merit and demonstrate a commitment to the law school community.
AUWCL Law Review & Journal Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2002, this scholarship supports a member of the Law Review or other student-edited journal who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement.
Sandra W. Barron '79 and David A. Barron '77 Scholarship
Established by Eric Bord in 2014 in honor of his parents, this scholarship supports a deserving student with preference given to a female student who demonstrates a commitment to public service and an expressed desire to pursue a public interest or public service career upon graduation
Gerald Battist IP Endowed Scholarship
Established by Gerald Battist ’66 and his wife Louise in 2005, this scholarship supports a student studying intellectual property law.
Joan Myers Bondareff Scholarship
Established by Joan Myers Bondareff '75 in 2013, this scholarship supports a deserving student with preference given to a female student who demonstrates financial need.
Centennial Endowed Scholarship
Established to celebrate AUWCL’s 100th anniversary, this scholarship supports a student with financial need and academic merit (top 10% of class standings).
James & Leona Cobb Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1999 by James ’80 and Sharon Effatt Howard ‘80 and members of the class of 1980, this scholarship supports a first or second year student based on scholastic achievement and financial need. Preference is given to African-American, West Indian, or Native American students.
Michael Cochran Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in memory of Michael Cochran by his brothers Stephen Cochran ‘72 and H. Eugene Cochran, this scholarship supports a student in the clinical program interested in civil litigation.
Grace Markel Daish Endowed Scholarship
Established by former students to honor Professor Grace Markel Daish, this scholarship supports a female student with financial need.
James C. Eastman Scholarship
Established by former colleagues and partners from the firm of Jackson Campbell in memory of James C. Eastman ’66, this scholarship supports part-time students.
Kristy Flowers Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of AUWCL student Kristy Flowers, this scholarship is awarded to a part-time student who expresses interest in becoming a defense attorney.
Phyllis Freeman Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1997 by Milton Freeman in honor of his wife Phyllis Freeman ’41, this scholarship supports a student on the basis of need.
Raymond I. Geraldson Endowed Student Award in International and Humanitarian Law
Established in 2012, this scholarship supports a student committed to pursuing a career in international humanitarian law.
Albin Gess Scholarship
Established in 2015 by Albin Gess ’71, this scholarship is awarded to one student, preferably a part-time or evening, with demonstrated financial need.
Emalee C. Godsey Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1987 to honor Emalee Godsey, a beloved AUWCL Registrar, this scholarship supports a second or third year student with financial need.
June L. Green Endowed Scholarship
Established by John C. Green in 2002 in honor of his wife June L. Green ’41, one of the first women nominated to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Sandra P. Grosso Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Sandra P. Grosso AUWCL’83, and is awarded to a student, preferably a woman, based on need and a commitment to the improvement of AUWCL as demonstrated through service. Ms. Grosso was a former American University Assistant Counsel.
Ray Hazen Student Bar Association Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2014 by the AUWCL Student Bar Association in recognition of Ray Hazen’s many years of service as the law school’s first dean of students, this scholarship supports 3 students who demonstrate a commitment to public service and the AUWCL community.
Fred R. Joseph Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1999 in memory of Fred R. Joseph BA ’65 JD ’68, this scholarship supports a student with financial need interested in civil rights, public interest or criminal law as demonstrated through service to the community, work experience or participation in one of AUWCL’s clinical programs.
John & Tyna Karl Employee Rights Scholarship
Established by John Karl ‘79 and Tyna Coles, this scholarship supports a student who, through academic and extracurricular commitments, demonstrates great promise for a career advocating on behalf of employees in the workplace.
Judge Seymour Korn Endowed Scholarship
Established by Judge Korn, a good friend of the law school, this award is presented to a student with financial need.
Edny Labbees Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Edny Labbees '13, this scholarship is awarded to a JD student based on merit.
Leadership Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2012, 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 AUWCL community.
Jackson Lewis Employment Law Scholarship
Established by Jackson Lewis LLP in 2012, this scholarship supports a student with an interest in pursuing a career in labor law, employment law, benefits, or some other aspect of workplace law. Preference is given to students from populations that are underrepresented in the legal profession or the school.
Belva A. Lockwood Endowed Scholarship
Established in honor of Belva Lockwood, a famous suffragist and the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. Although Belva Lockwood was not an alumna of AUWCL, she was closely associated with one of the founders, Miss Emma Gillett, who came to Washington to follow in Lockwood’s steps and to attend law school.
Arthur Mathews Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established by the law firm of Wilmer Hale in 1998 to honor the late Arthur Mathews, a distinguished partner of the firm and a longtime member of the AUWCL adjunct faculty, this scholarship supports a student with demonstrated financial need and whose record of commitment demonstrates that he or she will follow Mr. Mathews’ example. Mr. Mathews fervently believed in the importance of pro bono service, and enthusiastically provided the same high quality of legal work for his pro bono clients as he did for those who paid.
Leonard and Miriam Melrod Endowed Scholarship
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Melrod in recognition of the quality legal education that their son, Daniel Melrod ’85, received at AUWCL.
Elliott S. Milstein Endowed Scholarship
Established by alumni, faculty, staff and friends in recognition of Elliott Milstein’s seven years of devoted service as Dean of AUWCL, this scholarship supports a third year student with financial need who intends to represent the poor in civil or criminal cases and who has demonstrated this commitment either before or during law school.
John Sherman Myers Alumni Scholarship
Established by AUWCL, this scholarship supports students who have shown merit and demonstrate a commitment to the law school community.
Sandra J. Oakman Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established to honor Sandra Oakman, former Director of Admissions at AUWCL, this scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates a commitment to furthering the mission and goal of the Washington College of Law Office of Admissions.
Dora Palkin Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1994 in memory of Dora Palkin ’16, the youngest woman ever admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, this scholarship supports a female student.
Marcy C. Panzer and Manny D. Pokotilow Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2002 by Marcy Panzer and Manny Pokotilow ‘64, this scholarship supports a student with financial need in the evening class division.
Nicholas Papain Family Endowed Scholarship
Established by Nicholas Papain ’78, this renewable scholarship supports promising students with a preference given to a student with financial need who best exemplifies the commitment and dedication to learning instilled in Mr. Papain by his parents, Nestor and Bessie Papain.
Colonel Kenneth W. Patrum, Esq. Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2005, this scholarship supports promising students, preferably incoming, who demonstrate financial need and a solid academic background.
Paul P. Purta Endowed Scholarship
Established by Kent Brostom ’96 and Ilene Brostrom in 1996 in honor of Paul P. Purta, former Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement, this scholarship supports a student who has previously worked in a helping profession, such as social work, counseling or the ministry, is religiously active and has financial need.
Laura Reckman Endowed Scholarship
Established by Alvina Reckman Myers in 1965 in memory of her sister, Laura Reckman, who was a nurse, this scholarship supports a student with a health care background.
Elizabeth F. Reed and Ernest E. Salisbury Endowed Scholarship
Established by Elizabeth Scott Salisbury Denny ’35 and her husband, John Denny, to honor former AUWCL faculty member, and Mrs. Denny’s father, Ernest E. Salisbury ’33, this scholarship supports a student demonstrating scholastic achievement, involvement in the law school community, and financial need.
Lisa Rickard Scholarship
Established in 2015 by Lisa Rickard ’82, this scholarship is awarded to one student, preferably a woman, who demonstrates a dedication to the leadership roles women play in business law and expresses a desire to pursue a career in business law upon graduation. Eligible students will have attained a minimum of 3.2 GPA and completed a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours per year.
Peter S. Ridley, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established by family and friends to honor Peter S. Ridley, Jr. ’70, a native of Washington, D.C. and a celebrated Vietnam War veteran, this scholarship supports a student who possesses distinct leadership qualities with preference given to a first or second year African American student.
Paul J. Sedgwick Endowed Scholarship
Established by the Sedgwick family in 1982 in honor of Paul J. Sedgwick ’24, an AUWCL adjunct professor (1930-1940), this scholarship supports deserving and financially needy students.
Thelma Casto Southard Award
Established to honor Betty Southard Murphy ’58, this scholarship supports students with distinguished service to the law school community and who demonstrate a commitment to be active alumni.
Stephen & Beatrice Dodd Toth Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1993 by the Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley ’64 in honor of her parents, this scholarship supports student(s) who have shown promise, exhibit academic (top 20% of their class) and leadership ability and demonstrate financial need and a commitment to public service, with preference given to female students.
Ves Vorobyev Endowed Scholarship
Established by Nina Vorobyeva and Aleksandr Livshits in 2007 in honor of their son Ves Vorobyev, this scholarship supports a student with financial need in good academic standing.
Edward J. Walker Endowed Clinical Scholarship
Established by friends and family of Edward J. Walker ’85, this scholarship supports a student enrolled in the clinical program with a preference for a resident of Northern Virginia.
Washington College of Law Scholarship
Established to award outstanding students of AUWCL.
Sherry Weaver Scholarship
Established in 2016 by colleagues, family, and friends of Sherry Weaver, Director of Diversity Services (retired), to honor her dedication to AUWCL, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding AUWCL evening student.
John Cobourn Webb Endowed Scholarship
Established by D. Timothy Webb ‘76, son of John Cobourn Webb ’37 in 2012, this scholarship supports students who have shown promise, exhibited academic and leadership ability, and demonstrated financial need and academic qualification.
Mark K. Wilson Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in honor of Mark K. Wilson ’81, a former editor-in-chief of the AUWCL Law Review, this scholarship supports a member of the Senior Editorial Board of the AUWCL Law Review.
Robert J. Woldow Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1999 by colleagues, family and friends of Robert J. Woldow ’70, this scholarship honors Robert Woldow’s career as the managing director and general counsel of National Securities Clearing Corporation, and his dedication to his work, family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to a second-year WCL student with demonstrated financial need who is interested in practicing in the corporate or securities law area.
Wilson & Amelia Young Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Wilson and Amelia Young, the parents of Margaret Y. Jackson and the grandparents of Jacqueline L. Jackson ‘74, this scholarship supports a student with academic achievement and financial need, with preference given to an African American female.