Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Diversity Scholarship Foundation hosts reception tomorrow for all bar presidents

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation is hosting a complimentary reception in honor of all bar association presidents tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the offices of Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N. LaSalle.

If you would like to attend, simply click here to RSVP. Yes, as you will note, the preferred response date was yesterday, but I checked today with Carolina Y. Sales, who is the treasurer of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation and is helping to organize tomorrow's event, and she said reservations are still being accepted.

Meanwhile, the November 1 deadline is fast approaching for DSF scholarship applications. Scholarships awarded by DSF include the:
Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to a student who actively advocates for diversity within the Illinois legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.
Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.
LSAT Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in Illinois, or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA. The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.
Disabled Law Student Scholarship Award (DLSSA)
This Scholarship (an award of at least $500) was established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell, an Associate with Hinshaw and Culbertson, and her fiance Dr. George F. Viamontes. With their wedding set for October of this year, Stacy and George are inviting guests to make donations to the DLSSA in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. They also encourge and invite everyone to contribute to this scholarship fund and help support derserving law students with disabilities for many years to come. This Scholarship will be awarded to a disabled law student who is attending an accredited law school in the Chicago area. There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship. Read more about the DLSSA and contribute here.
In addition to these scholarships, DSF provides opportunities for externships with judges in a variety of different fields. Those selected for externships will be provided a stipend. Interested persons must complete a the scholarship application linked above. All of the requirements set forth in the scholarship application apply to those seeking externships including mandatory attendance at the 2015 Unity Award Dinner. I'll have a post up about the dinner soon. Meanwhile, for more information about the scholarship program, dsfchicago@gmail.com.

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