DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Monday October 26, 2015.
Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
The scholarship program at UC Hastings, coordinated by the Director of Financial Aid, is designed to recognize and encourage the achievement, creativity and potential of UC Hastings JD students. This application process is for scholarships that will be awarded for the 2015-16 academic year.
These scholarships are restricted to JD students who are either a 2L or 3L in 2015-16 and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents during their third through sixth semesters of study. Eligible students may apply for any number of scholarships by checking the appropriate boxes on this application and submitting supporting documents. Supporting documents include: an autobiographical statement, resume and any required essays. Carefully read the application for details.
Restricted scholarship funds are given by donors and are available annually to students who meet specific criterion such as financial need, academic achievement and/or demonstrated service to the college and the community at large. Each scholarship is subject to annual funding availability.
Scholarships and Study Away (domestic programs), Study Abroad (international programs), Leave of Absence and Exchange Programs:
Students who plan to study away/abroad or take a Leave of Absence (LOA) in either the fall or spring semester are eligible to apply for these donor named scholarships. Students must be enrolled at Hastings to receive a scholarship. Therefore, in the event a student is selected to receive a scholarship and studies away/abroad or takes a LOA for one semester, s/he will receive the full scholarship in the semester s/he attends Hastings. If s/he studies away/abroad or takes a LOA both semesters the scholarship will be forfeited.
UC Hastings students participating in Hastings Exchange Programs and paying fees to Hastings may apply for these scholarships.
If you wish to apply for scholarships, complete the General Application and apply for any scholarships that are listed under ‘Opportunities’. When you submit your General Application, you will be automatically considered for a number of scholarships. To view these scholarships, please click on the "Applications" menu. Both the General Application and the scholarship applications must be complete and submitted (not just saved) by 11:59p.m. Monday October 26, 2015. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be considered.
As with exams, do not put your name or any other personal identifiers on your resume, essay, autobiographical statement. Instead, you must include your student ID# in the top right-hand corner of every page of each item. This procedure will ensure confidentiality and fairness in the evaluation process.
In your autobiographical statement, be sure to address the eligibility criteria listed under each scholarship for which you are applying. You may wish to save your General Application and return after reading through the eligibility criteria of the scholarships you wish to apply for. This information is essential for the selection committee when considering your application. When addressing hardships overcome, please be positive and don't dwell on the negative.
To further assist you in determining whether you meet certain eligibility criterion, the following definitions are offered:
Deserving and / or Worthy: Four factors are considered (You do not have to meet all four to apply):
Financial Need or Needy Students: Applicants must have submitted a 2015-16 FAFSA and must be found eligible for federal financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year.
Amounts awarded from each scholarship are based on funding availability and may vary from year to year. Amounts may range from $400 to $10,000.
Due to the limited number of scholarships available and the large pool of eligible candidates, the Scholarship Selection Committee will avoid awarding a student more than one scholarship. Should an applicant receive another UCH award based on pure academic achievement, this will not preclude the applicant from receiving a scholarship through this process.
Under current IRS regulations, scholarships may be subject to income tax in the year received.
By Federal regulation, students on financial aid may not receive aid in excess of their eligibility. Therefore, receipt of a scholarship may result in an adjustment to the student's financial aid package. Any reduction required will be made to loans first.
Each scholarship is subject to annual funding availability.
Recipients are notified in the fall semester. If fall semester financial aid has already been disbursed, the scholarship will be disbursed in the spring semester.
Deadline: 11:59PM, Monday October 26, 2015.