Outside Scholarships

Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to a Seattle University law student with a strong interest in the field of intellectual property law. Seed IP Law Group is one of the top-rated intellectual property law firms in the United States. The scholarship honors the firm’s founders, Dick Seed and Ben Berry, for their contribution to the law of intellectual property. As expressed by Bill Ferron of the Seed IP Law Group, “We think it’s very important to train the next generation of intellectual property attorneys so that we can continue to build on the legacy started by Ben Berry and Dick Seed. Only through strong support of higher education will our country continue to be a leader in the world.” The scholarship recipient receives $6,000.00. Applications due by February 6, 2017

  • Eligibility and Criteria of Selection for Scholarship:  To be eligible for this scholarship you must be currently enrolled as a law student at Seattle University School of Law and must have an undergraduate degree that qualifies you to sit for the USPTO Patent Agent Exam. Criteria for selecting the recipient of the scholarship include a well-developed interest in intellectual property and active participation in IP activities such as the Intellectual Property Law Society. Preference will be given to 2 and 3Ls and students with strong technical and/or scientific backgrounds.

  • Application Deadline and Announcement of the Scholarship:  All applications must include: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications and merit, (2) the applicant’s resume, and (3) a copy of the applicant’s law school transcript that includes the grades through the Fall 2016 semester. Completed applications should be submitted to Dean Donna Claxton Deming. If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu. The scholarship recipient will be announced in late February and the recipient will be expected to attend a reception hosted by the firm in March.  

WSBA Intellectual Property Scholarship. The Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property section offers an annual $2500 scholarship to a student who has a demonstrable interest in the practice of  intellectual property law (whether litigation or transactional work) in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark or trade secret protection, arts and entertainment, advertising law and/or the intellectual property aspects of business.  The successful student will be selected based on their overall academic record, their performance in course work related to intellectual property and their extracurricular activities, particularly those that relate to IP.  Preference will be given to upper level students.  Applications due by February 6, 2017

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript by Monday, February 6 to Dean Deming at dcdeming@seattleu.edu.  The scholarship recipient(s) will be presented with the award at the annual WSBA IP section meet and greet event, scheduled to be held on Friday, March 10th at 5:00 pm at the Washington Convention Center.

DAR American Indian Scholarship.  This $4000 scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get a higher education (undergraduates are given preference). All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. See http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/american-indian. The deadline is February 15, 2017.  

Seattle University's Women's Law Caucus is offering a $1,000 scholarship, in honor of prior dean Kellye Testy, to a SU Law student who exemplifies the leadership qualities of the WLC's core values. Applicants must be full- or part-time Seattle University School of Law students in good standing. A complete application must include:

  1. Personal Statement: The WLC's core values are leadership and excellence in the advancement of women in the law. The personal statement should describe how you have demonstrated or plan to demonstrate one or both of these values in your academic career and/or through your work experienced, as well as why you believe these values are important. 
  2. Résumé: Your resume should include your contact information: email, mailing address, and phone number.
  3. Letter of Recommendation (optional): You may, but are not required to, submit a letter of recommendation from a professor, employer, or advisor.

All fellowship application materials must be submitted via email to Associate Dean Donna Deming at dcdeming@seattleu.edu. The application deadline is February 19, 2017 (5:00PM).

Wilshire Law Firm is offering a biannual scholarship of $1,000 to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to the community. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and assist a motivated student in fulfilling their ambitions of working in the legal field. See http://wilshirelawfirm.com/legal-scholars-award/. The deadlines are March 31 and September 30. 

The Law Office of Ronald D. Weiss offers a $2500 scholarship essay contest which should include originality, quality writing, and responsiveness to the contest topic. See http://www.ny-bankruptcy.com/scholarship/. The deadline for entries is April 21, 2017.

Albertson & Davidson LLP offers a $2,500 scholarship to students based on an essay on the topic: Courts in the United States have little power to change the terms of a valid will, even if some of its terms seem unfair to people who would normally expect to inherit assets. Do you think that it should be legal to disinherit your spouse or children, and should courts be able to change the terms of a will that they decide is unfair? Why or why not? See http://www.aldavlaw.com/scholarship/ for details. The deadline is April 26, 2017.

Global Teletherapy is offering a $1,000 merit-based scholarship. It requires a 2,000 word essay submission for academic expenses. See application details and essay question at http://globalteletherapy.com/scholarship. Deadline is May 15, 2017. 

Encore provides the $1000 Victims of Drunk Driving Scholarship. See essay topics and application information at http://www.encoreprotection.com/scholarship-program/. Deadline is May 31, 2017.

Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC provide a $1,000 bi-annual scholarship to help with the costs of higher education to the winner of an essay-writing project. See http://www.yourdelawareworkerscompensation.lawyer/scholarship/. The deadline is June 6, 2017 at 9 a.m. PST.

American Indian College Fund awards educational scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students attending tribal colleges and public or private/non-profit colleges. For a list of offered scholarships for graduate students see American Indian College Fund - graduate.

Berks County Community Foundation awards many educational scholarships to a Berks County, PA resident. For a list of offered scholarships see bccf.org/scholarships.

BLSA has funded and developed a financial aid Web site that provides a plethora of scholarship information and provides several ways that donations can be made to the "Students of Color Scholarship Fund." They invite you to review the information at www.financialaid4you.com.

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Scholarship information for international students may be found at www.internationalscholarships.com.

Disclaimer: We do not endorse or confirm outside scholarships. Students should research the firm or organization carefully before submitting an application and always read the fine print. You will not be asked to pay an application fee for a legitimate scholarship. 

For answers to any questions you have about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at lawfa@seattleu.edu.