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Other Resources

External Scholarship Opportunities

Writing Competitions

Post Graduate Fellowships

Military and Veterans Academic Excellence

American Indian Education Grants

No Worker Left Behind

Loan Repayment Assistance


Public Interest Law

We encourage you to pursue these outside sources of assistance. In addition to the list of potential resources listed below, we urge you to check with the local bar association in your hometown and with any organization or employer that you or your family are affiliated. 

Any external aid you receive will reduce the amount of loans you may borrow, and thereby reduce your loan indebtedness.

External Scholarship Opportunities

WSU Law students often qualify for merit awards from external organizations.

These external links provide additional information that may be useful to students. Providing links to a website does not constitute an endorsement by Wayne State University Law School of the sponsors of the site or the information or products presented on the site.

 See other opportunities on our Writing Competition Web page

ABA/LSAC Pipeline Diversity Scholarship Directory

Access Group "My Inspiration" Contest  

Air and Waste Management Association, East Michigan Chapter

American Association for Justice Scholarships and Awards

American Association of University Women

American Bar Association Awards, Competitions, and Scholarships 

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund  2014-15 Application will be available in December 2013 

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American Citizens for Justice  

American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation

Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarships

Banner & Witcoff Scholarships

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2014 Diversity Scholarship and Application  Deadline: May 31, 2014                                                                                           

Cancer for College Scholarships

Carl Ziemba Scholarship

Community Foundation of Monroe County

Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)

DegreedUp.org 2014 Deadline: November 27, 2013

Disability.gov Scholarship Opportunities

Earl Warren Legal Training Scholarship Program

Foreclosure.com Writing Competition

Forum Foundation GLBT Leadership Scholarships

Genesee County Bar Foundation - John S. Beagle Scholarship

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship

Incorporated Society of Irish/American Lawyers - Thomas P. Thornton Scholarship

International Association of Defense Counsel

Iranian American Bar Association Scholarships

Jackson County Bar Association

John Gyles Education Awards for U.S. or Canadian Citizens

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Klein Scholarship

Mackenzie King Scholarships for graduates of Canadian Universities

Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships

Mark T. Banner Scholarship

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund Scholarships

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

Military & Veterans Benefits Law Scholarship

Minority Corporate Counsel Association Scholarships & Fellowships

Nation Institute Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties Deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
for first-year law students (in between their first and second year) Award: $1,000 honorarium

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarships

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

Otto Stanfield Law Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Students

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Polish National Alliance Scholarship Award Program

Rhode Island Bar Foundation Scholarship

Saginaw Community Foundation Scholarships

Scholarship America

Shiawassee County Bar Association  Patricia Carmody Memorial Scholarship 
                                                                    Deadline: April 1, 2014

State Bar of Michigan Opportunities for Scholarships

Varnum Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Voelker Foundation Native American Scholarships

Warner Norcross & Judd Scholarship Program

Western Michigan Bar Association Scholarships

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholarships

Zelle Hofmann Diversity in Law Scholarship

Scholarship Search Sites

Student Aid on the Web Scholarship Wizard

Students.gov Scholarships & Grants

Scholarship America

Scholarships for International Students

The eduPASS website has scholarship and other financial options for students who are not US citizens.

Scholarship Scams

Be aware of tactics companies use to convince students to utilize their services:

Federal Student Aid Information on Financial Aid Scams


Post Graduate Fellowships

Additional information about post graduate awards can be found on the Wayne Law Career Services Office web page at www.law.wayne.edu/career-services/alumni.php.

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fellowships

Center for Reproductive Rights Law Fellowship

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Frederick B. Abramson Public Interest Fellowship Award

Fulbright Scholar Program

Georgetown Law Tax, Health and Economics Fellowships

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Connected Fellowship Awards 

National Institute of Justice Fellowships

Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellowship

Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Sears Law Teaching Fellowship

Skadden Fellowship

Supreme Court Fellows Program

Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program


Military and Veterans Academic Excellence

Wayne State University Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence (OMVAE) 
The WSU Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence provides help concerning the educational benefit programs available to veterans and their dependents.  OMVAE can be reached at (313) 577-9180 and are located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL), Room 1656.

US Department of Veterans Affairs
The GI Bill website includes information on the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or “New GI Bill.”

Financial Aid for Veterans and Their Dependents
A comprehensive guide to financial aid for veterans and their dependents.

Yellow Ribbon Program:

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You should complete and submit the application form available online and will receive written notification explaining the VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program. If you are eligible, your Certificate of Eligibility will also advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program.  You should take your Certificate of Eligibility to the WSU Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence (1600 UGL, Room 1656) to certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon. 


American Indian Education Grants

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW): This program is for members of US federally recognized tribes. In order to be eligible for the MITW, you must meet the following criteria:

For more information on this and other programs, visit the websites below:


No Worker Left Behind

No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) is a program for transitioning workers into good-paying jobs by providing up to two years worth of free tuition at any community college, university, or other approved training provider. The program is available to help workers gain the skills and credentials for new careers in high-demand occupations, emerging industries, or to start a business. More information can be found through your local Michigan Works Office, at www.michigan.gov/nwlb, or by calling the 1-800-285-WORK.


Loan Repayment Assistance

Loan repayment assistance can come in the form of scholarships or loan forgiveness programs from a variety of sources.



Full-time AmeriCorps members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service. See americorps.gov for more information. 

Although we do verify our external links regularly, we would appreciate it if you would notify us in the Law School Financial Aid Office if you find any bad links or inaccurate information.

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