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James W. Stoudt Scholarship Fund

The James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is a lasting testament to one of the Pennsylvania Bar's steadfast supporters - the late James ("Jim") W. Stoudt.

Known for his elegant and effective leadership and gracious presence, Jim was instrumental in the creation of the Pennsylvania Bar Trust and served it in many varied capacities for more than 40 years. Although his tenure was briefer, he played an equally pivotal role in the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, serving as our Zone 2 Director and as our first unanimously elected Director Emeritus. We will always be appreciative of his unwavering commitment, his willing spirit, and his sage advice and insights.

In memory of Jim’s contributions to the Foundation and to the Bar community as a whole, and with the support of Jim’s family, we created the James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Supported by individual memorial contributions and the proceeds of "Foundation of Treasures," the Foundation's annual silent auction, the James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship Fund currently provides three, $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically designated to support minority law students, to candidates attending any one of the following eight accredited law schools presently serving Pennsylvania:

  • Drexel University School of Law
  • Duquesne University School of Law;
  • Penn State University Dickinson School of Law;
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Law;
  • Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Law;
  • Temple University James Beasley School of Law;
  • Villanova Univ. School of Law; and
  • Widener Univ. School of Law (included because of Harrisburg campus)

The scholarships are provided on an annual basis and the recipients are selected by a committee comprised of Foundation Directors and Foundation members using eligibility criteria developed and approved by the Board. These include:

  • Good standing and academic achievement as evidenced by applicant’s academic transcript;
  • Financial need as certified by the applicant’s law school financial aid office;
  • Pennsylvania residency as documented by applicant’s current voter registration card or current Pennsylvania driver’s license; and
  • The potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession either through anticipated legal field or other efforts as discussed in the applicant’s essay and evidenced by the applicant’s recommendations.

In addition, the minority scholarships are specifically earmarked for students from one of the following historically under-represented racial/ethnic backgrounds:

Black (African) Americans – Persons having origins from any of the Black groups of Africa.

Hispanic Americans – Persons having origins from one or more of the Spanish-speaking peoples of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central or South America or the Caribbean Islands.

Native Americans – Persons having origins from or more of the original peoples of North America and who are recognized as an Indian by a tribe or tribal organization.

Applications are due December 1, 2014. Scholarships will be awarded by December 31, 2014.

2014 James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship FAQs

2014 James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Application

 

2013 Scholarship Recipients:

Beasley School of Law of Temple University
Adara Lynn Combs

University of Pennsylvania School of Law
HyeJi Kim

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Rebecca L. Hammond and Erin B. Strang



2012 Scholarship Recipients:

Penn State Dickson School of Law
Lindsay A. Berkstresser

University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Diepiriye Abiye Anga

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Kimberly Bennett and Cristian M. Minor Sanchez




2011 Scholarship Recipients:

University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Geneva Campbell

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Patrick Lemon and Akiesha Gilcrist

Earle Mack School of Law of Drexel University
Eileen M. Somers


 

2010 Scholarship Recipients:

Penn State Dickinson School of Law
David Lee Miles Brown and Micah L. Craft

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Daniel Carmeli and Lacee C. Ecker

Widener University School of Law
Traci Marie Crosby
University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Pablo Ariel Rubinstein Ize

Villanova University School of Law
Esuga Abaya and Marissa Prosky


 

2009 Scholarship Recipients:

Beasley School of Law of Temple University
Julian Trent Emerson and Merilee Arevalo

Duquesne University School of Law
Bridget Marie Sedlock and Talon Rice

Earle Mack School of Law of Drexel University
Earthen Johnson
Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Christine Bartkowski and Comeka Anderson

University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Remy Nshimiyimana

Widener University School of Law
Michael Follett and Ancy P. Ommen