New Allard Law awards and scholarships to support IBPOC students
Sep 20, 2021
As outlined in the Allard School of Law Strategic Plan, we’re committed to continuing to build a vibrant law school community that celebrates and supports diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Part of working towards this important goal means ensuring that individuals from groups that have been historically, persistently or systemically excluded from higher education are able to overcome the financial barriers to attending law school.
Over the past two years, four new awards have been created to support students who identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour (IBPOC). Read on to learn more about each of these new awards, as well as other funding opportunities available to new and continuing Allard Law students.
The St. Pierre, Romilly, Nathanson Entrance Award in Law for Black Students is the law school’s newest award, announced in June 2021. This entrance award provides $15,000 for domestic students entering the J.D. program who identify as Black, demonstrate financial need, and have a history of community service or volunteerism. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated an interest in criminal law. This award, funded by David St. Pierre, Selwyn Romilly (B.A. 1963, LL.B. 1966), Matthew Nathanson (LL.B. 1997) and two anonymous donors, may be included as part of an admissions offer.
The Kim-Bautista Award in Law provides awards totalling $1,200 to incoming or current students in the J.D. program who are the first in their family to attend law school and who have demonstrated academic excellence and community service. Preference is given to students who identify as Black or as a person of colour. Financial need may be considered. This award has been made available through an endowment established by Nicco Bautista (B.A. 2010, M.A. 2013, J.D. 2013) and Maria Kim-Bautista (B.A. 2010, J.D. 2013). Incoming and current J.D. students are invited to apply for this award in the spring.
The Kevin B. Westell Award in Law for IBPOC Students provides $2,000 to outstanding domestic J.D. students who identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour. Preference will be given to students who have excelled in criminal justice. This award was made possible thanks to a gift from Kevin B. Westell (B.A., LL.B.). Current J.D students who self-identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour are invited to apply for this award in the spring.
The Catherine Chow Award in Law for IBPOC Students provides two awards of $1,500 each year to second- and third-year J.D. students who identify as Indigenous, Black or a person of colour and demonstrate financial need. This award has been made available annually through a gift from Catherine Chow (LL.M. 2007) to recognize and uplift those who endure racism as IPBOC law students. Current J.D students who self-identify as Indigenous, Black or as a person of colour are invited to apply for this award in the spring.
Other Funding Opportunities
Entrance awards and scholarships + funding for ongoing students: In addition to these four new awards, numerous other awards and scholarships are available to students who choose to study at Allard Law, including the Dean’s J.D. Entrance Scholarships, valued at $24,000. Students who are granted an entrance awards will typically be informed of their award as part of an admissions offer. View the current list of entrance awards.
J.D. students who are currently studying at Allard Law are also eligible for a wide variety of awards for continuing students. In total, over 150 awards and scholarships are available to incoming and current Allard Law students.
Bursaries: Each year we award over $1,000,000 dollars in bursaries to our students. Bursary funding is allocated primarily on the basis of financial need, with the goal of ensuring that the Peter. A. Allard School of Law remains accessible, regardless of financial circumstances. Learn more about our bursary program.
If you have questions about scholarships, awards and bursaries, our Enrolment Services team is available to assist you with any financial-related questions and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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