Women's Bar Foundation 2021 Scholarship

Each year, the WBF awards scholarships to women who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women both in the legal profession and within the community at large.  In selecting award recipients, the WBF will consider a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, academic achievement, leadership, history of public or community service, and financial need. 

Information about the application process appears below and in the attachment. Applications must contain: (1) a completed Scholarship Application (attached); (2) a resume; (3) a law school transcript; and (4) a letter of recommendation. Please note that the application deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021.

Applicants should email their applications and supporting documentation directly to wbfscholarship@gmail.com.  Recommenders may submit their letters directly to the Foundation at wbfscholarship@gmail.com or may provide their letters to the scholarship applicant for submission. 

Once we receive the applications from each school, the WBF Board will choose at least two applicants to interview from each Illinois law school. Interviews will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 via Zoom.  Applicants must be available for an interview to be eligible for a scholarship.  We will inform the applicants of whether they have been selected for an interview and of the precise time and location of the interview no later than Monday, October 11, 2021. We anticipate that we will award at least one scholarship to a student from each Illinois law school.  

If you have any questions about the application, scholarship criteria, or selection process, please feel free to contact me at amy.oconner@uchicagomedicine.org or by phone at 586-242-0968.  We look forward to meeting this year’s outstanding applicants from Kent!

As in the past, the Foundation seeks to recognize women who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women both in the legal profession and within the community at large. In selecting award recipients, the Foundation will consider a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the candidates’ academic achievement, history of public or community service, leadership, and financial need. The Board will award scholarships based on the following criteria:

  • A third-year female law student;
  • Strong academic record;
  • Present and past extracurricular activities reflecting community involvement or participation in activities within and outside of law school that show a commitment to helping other women, either within the legal community or through public service or public interest law;
  • Involvement with initiatives concerning the advancement of women in the legal profession and within the community at large (please provide specific examples); and
  • Personal qualities that suggest a future leadership role in the legal community.
Application can be found here.