Good grades pay off

Scholarships are an excellent way to supplement the cost of your legal education that is not covered by other financial aid you have received. Listed below are resources for exploring scholarship opportunities.

We are available to answer your questions. Please contact us any time.

Merit Scholarships

All admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships when they apply to the School of Law. 

Students whose admissions qualifications demonstrate a potential for superior academic performance in law school will receive scholarship notification with their acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions. The notification will outline the amount of the award and the criteria needed to maintain the merit scholarship or grant. Traditionally, scholarships range from $10,000 to $40,000 per year and may be renewed at 100% annually, if the student's class rank at the law school is in the top half.

Application


March 1 is the suggested deadline for application.

To apply, please visit the Law School Admissions Council website.

Dean's Fellows Scholarship

The Dean’s Fellows awards are full-tuition scholarships that recognize applicants who:

  • possess a record of extraordinary scholarly achievement and leadership
  • have a demonstrated commitment to community through volunteerism, public service or civic activities
  • show strong potential to be leaders during and after law school

These awards may be renewed annually if the student’s class rank at the law school is in the top fifty percent of the class each year.

In addition to receiving a monetary award, Dean's Fellows awards also include the following:

  1. An educational stipend ($1,500)
  2. Opportunities for work as a Faculty Research Assistant (if desired)
  3. Networking opportunities with Dean's Council members (select judges/attorneys) or other attorneys with leading law firms in the region
  4. "Breakfast with the Dean" once per semester 

Public Service Component


Quinnipiac University School of Law is dedicated to serving the surrounding community through public service, volunteerism and civic activities. In support of this, Dean's Fellows make a commitment to complete a total of 30 hours of service work over their three years at the law school. This requirement can be satisfied through work in the community, through a student organization's public service requirement or by serving as an Admissions Ambassador.

Academic Guidelines


Recent recipients of these prestigious awards typically fell within the following academic credential ranges:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA: 3.3 - 4.0
  • LSAT score: 155 - 170

Application


The application deadline for Dean's Fellows candidates is February 1.

To become a candidate for a Dean's Fellows Scholarship, please address the reasons why you should be considered for the award in your application for law school admission. You should include:

  • previous leadership experience
  • scholarly pursuits
  • civic and volunteer activities
  • plans for what you hope to do with your law degree

An additional essay may be submitted.

Finalists for Dean’s Fellows will be invited to the Quinnipiac campus in late March or early April for selection interviews and a special program designed to introduce them to our academic offerings and facilities and to meet with faculty, students and deans. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by Quinnipiac University School of Law. To be eligible for a Dean’s Fellows award, finalists must attend this program.

To apply, please visit the Law School Admissions Council website. 

Questions


If you have additional questions about the Dean’s Fellows awards, please contact us at 203-582-3400 or by email at ladm@qu.edu.

Diversity-Based Awards

Distinguished Scholar Awards are offered to incoming students who will contribute to the broad diversity of the law school community. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, geographic background, race or ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, life and/or work experience, being a first-generation college student, or having overcome economic or social adversity.

Distinguished Scholar Awards range from $10,000 to $40,000 per year and are awarded on the merits of the applicant's entire admissions application with emphasis on undergraduate academic record, personal statement, LSAT score and potential to contribute to diversity on campus.

In awarding the scholarships, Quinnipiac University School of Law will engage in a highly individualized, holistic review of each applicant's file, giving serious consideration to all the ways an applicant might contribute to a diverse law school community. Scholarships are renewable each year if the recipient is in good academic standing.

The Scholarship Committee requests that you address in your personal statement, or in a separate addendum, how you would contribute to campus diversity.

Quinnipiac University School of Law strives to attain a student body that is both exceptionally academically qualified and broadly diverse to enrich its students' education. A diverse student body will result in livelier and more enlightening and interesting classroom discussion, promote understanding of people of different backgrounds and better prepare students for an increasingly diverse society.

Application


The priority deadline for Distinguished Scholar candidates is March 1.

To apply, please visit the Law School Admissions Council website.

Questions


If you have additional questions about Distinguished Scholar awards, please contact us at 203-582-3400 or by email at ladm@qu.edu.

Named and Endowed Scholarships

Certain individuals and law firms have established and funded scholarships to be presented for excellence in specific fields of law and/or outstanding academic achievement or need. Students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are automatically considered.

The endowed scholarships vary in amount and criteria and are awarded annually through the Office of Financial Aid.

Available scholarships


  • The Christopher Bannerman '98 Memorial Endowed Scholarship 
    This award was established by the family and friends of Christopher Bannerman '98, who died tragically in a car accident. It is awarded to a law student who is enrolled in the evening program, is in the top one-third of their class, with strong preference to a student who works in law enforcement, and has financial need.
  • Judge Edgar Bassick III Endowed Scholarship
    The Judge Edgar Bassick III Scholarship is awarded to a second or third year law student demonstrating outstanding academic ability with a concentration of study in the area of children and family law. The student must have enrolled or committed to enroll in a clinical or externship experience focusing on family law and representation of children.
  • Terence H. Benbow Endowed Scholarship
    The Terence H. Benbow Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dean Benbow. The scholarship is awarded to a law student demonstrating financial need and is in the top 50 percent of their class.
  • The CATIC Foundation Endowed Scholarship
    The CATIC Foundation Endowed Scholarship is awarded to law students who are to enter their final year and who have demonstrated interest and outstanding scholarship in the field of real property law.
  • Edward Cerasia II Endowed Scholarship Fund
    The Edward Cerasia II Scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law student with financial need and a law school record of outstanding academic achievement. Preference may be given to students with a particular interest in the field of employment and/or labor law.
  • The James R. DeFonce '80 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    The James R. DeFonce Scholarship is awarded to a third-year law student who has demonstrated outstanding advocacy on behalf of the disabled through a paper or other project deemed appropriate.
  • The Samuel A. Gilliland Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    The Samuel A. Gilliland Scholarship was established to honor his memory with the hope that awards from this scholarship fund will help perpetuate Mr. Gilliland's accomplishments as an attorney through achievements of law students. The awards will be made to law students who have successfully completed their first year of law school.
  • The Fannie and Samuel Glickstein Memorial Scholarship
    The Fannie and Samuel Glickstein Memorial Scholarship Fund awards tuition scholarships to law students. First and second year full-time students and first-, second- and third-year part-time students are eligible.
  • The John L. Hanny '93 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    The John L. Hanny Memorial Scholarship Award is awarded to a second- or third-year law student with consistently good scholastic achievement as demonstrated by an average of 3.0 or better, demonstrated interest in a field outside the legal profession and financial need.
  • The Linda Ilkowitz Memorial Scholarship
    The Linda Ilkowitz Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a law student demonstrating outstanding academic ability and is enrolled in the evening division.
  • IOLTA Scholarships
    IOLTA Scholarships (Interest on Lawyer's Trust Accounts Program) are based on merit and financial need and are awarded to continuing students in accordance with the Connecticut Bar Foundation's Guidelines for Law School Scholarships. The selection criteria, number of recipients, and the award amounts vary from year to year based upon the allocation of funds. Students will be notified of their eligibility in the fall semester. The IOLTA program was established by the Legislature in 1984 to assist in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The Connecticut Bar Foundation was charged with the responsibility of receiving and distributing the interest generated from the lawyers' trust accounts. In 1989, IOLTA became a mandatory program and was amended to include scholarships for needy students attending law schools in Connecticut.
  • The Marci Karbane '94 Memorial Endowed Award of Courage
    The Marci Karbane Award of Courage Scholarship was created by the family, friends, classmates, and colleagues of Marci Karbane. It is awarded to a returning law student who has demonstrated persistence, courage, and strength in overcoming obstacles in the face of adversity.
  • The Koskoff Fellowship Endowed Scholarship
    The Koskoff Fellowship Scholarship is awarded to provide law students with a learning experience. The Fellow is expected to meet with students, formal and informal settings, over a two day period including a lecture session with students.
  • The Sandra and Martin Lax Endowed Scholarship Fund
    The Sandra and Martin Lax Scholarship is awarded to a second or third year law student demonstrating outstanding academic ability with a focus on or interest in working to protect the interests of children in family law matters such as custody, visitation, and child support.
  • The R. LoRicco Family Endowed Scholarship
    The R. LoRicco Family Scholarship was established by Richard A. LoRicco, Sr. Esq., in appreciation of the excellent legal education his sons, Richard A. LoRicco, Jr. Esq. '86 and Ronald J. LoRicco, Esq. '89, received at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. The scholarship is made to a law student in good academic standing with financial need.
  • The Thurgood Marshall Endowed Scholarship
    The Justice Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Award is in honor of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall. The award is funded by contributions from individuals, law firms, and corporations, and is awarded to a needy student of color who has demonstrated an interest in the field of civil rights.
  • The Caitlin Lyons McEnery Memorial Scholarship
    The Caitlin Lyons  McEnery Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student who has demonstrated need with preference given to a student with a nursing  background.
  • The Oaklawn Foundation Scholarship
    The Oaklawn Foundation Scholarship is presented to a law student with good scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
  • Brian D. Osar Memorial Scholarship
    The Brian D. Osar Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a second or third year law student with a strong commitment to the law school community, good academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
  • Lynne Pantalena Endowed Scholarship
    The Lynne Pantalena Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a female student entering law school following a minimum of at least two years after completing her undergraduate education. 
  • Pollina Family Endowed Scholarship
    The Pollina Family Scholarship was established by Robert B. Pollina, in memory of his father and mother, Charles and Frances Pollina, his sister Ann, and his brother Michael. His son, Steven M. Pollina, Esq. '93, is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law. It is awarded to a second or third year student with consistently good academic achievement and a strong interest in family law, particularly protecting children's rights and issues of child abuse.
  • The Anna Provorny Endowed Scholarship
    The Anna Provorny Scholarship is awarded to a third year law student with a G.P.A. of 2.8 or better, who is enrolled in the Civil Clinic or has been involved in significant community service.
  • The Professor David S. Rosettenstein Scholarship
    The Professor David S. Rosettenstein Scholarship was established by his widow, Abbie K. Baker and also family, friends, and colleagues to honor his life of service to students, colleagues and the profession.   This scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student with financial need and a demonstrated interest in family and/or animal rights law.  Preference will be given to individuals with an active commitment to people or animals in need.
  • School of Law Endowed Scholarship Fund
    The School of Law Endowed Scholarship Fund is awarded to a returning law student with financial need.
  • School of Law Dean Brad Saxton 2L Scholarship
    The Dean Brad Saxton 2L scholarship was established by the friends and colleagues of Dean Saxton as a tribute to his service to the school and the greater legal community.  The scholarship will be awarded to a law student in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students who were overlooked for a scholarship in their first year.
  • The Morris and Molly Shaiman Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    The Morris and Molly Shaiman Memorial Scholarship was established by the family, friends, and business associates of alumnus Milton Shaiman, Esq. '81, in honor and in memory of his parents, Morris and Molly Shaiman. It is awarded to law students with good scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
  • The Silver, Golub and Teitell Endowed Scholarship
    The Silver, Golub and Teitell Scholarship was established by the New Canaan Law Firm of Silverberg, Marvin, and Swaim, P.C., in honor of Richard Silver, David Golub, and Jay Sandak, in appreciation of their law firm's involvement with Quinnipiac University School of Law. The scholarship is awarded to a first-year law student who demonstrates the intellectual promise and qualities that would be a credit to the legal profession. Preference is given to students interested in family law.
  • The Myron B. Sokolowski Endowed Scholarship
    The Myron B. Sokolowski Scholarship was established by Deanna B. Sokolowski in his memory. This scholarship is awarded to a full or part-time law student who possesses a scientific background, with preference given to a student with an advanced degree in science and has demonstrated financial need.
  • The Spears Family Endowed Scholarship
    The Spears Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Brian Spears '92 and his father, William.  This scholarship is awarded annually to a law student with financial need.
  • The Mary Moers Wenig Endowed Scholarship Fund
    The Mary Moers Wenig Endowed Scholarship Fund is awarded to a second or third year law student dedicated to the advancement of one or more of the following fields: women and the law; family law and marital property; elder law; trusts and estates and estate planning; or probate law. The recipient's interest and/or accomplishment(s) in one or more of these subject areas may be demonstrated by relevant work experience; noteworthy performance in related class work, clinics or externships; and/or legal scholarship or legislative activity.
  • The Wiggin and Dana Endowed Scholarship Fund
    The Wiggin and Dana Endowed Scholarship Fund is awarded to first year law students with financial need and a record of outstanding professional or academic achievement.

Outside Scholarship Information

The Office of Financial Aid receives notification of various scholarships that are awarded by organizations other than the School of Law. These organizations have their own application and selection criteria for awarding private funds. Scholarships vary in amount and criteria and students are responsible for all application, renewal and disbursement paperwork. Please contact the office for more information.

Scholarship Retention Data

Students Matriculation Year

# Entering with Conditional Scholarships

# Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

2015 

61

20 (10 reduced / 10 eliminated)

2014

80

33 (19 reduced / 14 eliminated)

2013

66

22 (10 reduced / 12 eliminated)

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