Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scholarship Opportunities Part II

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A few months ago I wrote about new scholarship opportunities for law students.  Some of these points included tips about scholarships afforded to students during the application to law school or after each year’s rank/GPA are determined.  I also provided new, unique ways to find scholarships such as declaring to practice in an unpopular field of the law, living in different locations where lawyers are in demand, and searching thoroughly in federal and state bar associations/law firms who may offer scholarships.  With more chances to earn educational funding, reliance on financial aid should be at a minimum…if at all.  Here are few additional opportunities you shouldn’t miss.
1.     Discover recently announced that the company would be offering $40,000 in scholarships for those going to college and graduate school.  No obligations or purchases are necessary to win.  Enter HERE before April 15, 2014.  Hunt for other major companies who do national scholarship giveaways.  Sometimes these contests have simple applications or just require contact information and a click of the button.
2.     According to the National Association of Counties, roughly 20% of U.S. citizens live in rural areas and only 2% of law practices operate from these locations.  Rural areas are getting desperate for legal representation and are now offering convenient ways to earn a law degree and receive funding for it.  William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota is offering $10,000 per year to students who enroll in a new part-time hybrid legal education program where students attend occasional on-campus workshops and online courses.
3.   Some schools, such as Northeastern University School of Law, offer special scholarships to those who show a commitment to practice in public interest law.  If a career in public service is your goal, be sure to inquire about these scholarships (sometimes they may not be advertised), the deadlines, and the requirements.

The time it takes to apply for scholarships is far less than the years it will take to pay back student loan debt.

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