Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:48 PM Kellie

Scholarships to help pay for your law degree...where do I sign?!

This is the time of the year when a variety of firms, companies, and clubs send the Financial Aid Office information about the scholarships they offer.  Some of the scholarships are awarded based on where you reside, the field you are interested in, and/or if you are in good standing or as simple as writing a paper.  These funds can help pay tuition for the fall semester or spring semester or both.

Why not take advantage of all that is available?  Who could pass up "free money", especially if this money can help pay for your law degree and lessen your student debt?  Apply for any of these scholarships now for 2012-2013 financial aid year!

Toward your benefit, at Yale Law, outside scholarships are applied first to reduce loans (up to 50% of your unit loan amount) and second to reduce any institutional funds that were awarded. If you are only borrowing loans to pay for tuition, then the entire amount of the outside scholarship would be applied toward reducing the loans.

Intrigued by a "free money" offer?  Then take a look at some of the recent scholarship opportunities that our office has been made aware of:

The Yale Club of New Haven - www.ycnh.org - the scholarships ($3,000 per year) are available through the generosity of the alumni of the Yale Club of New Haven.  Scholarships are awarded to full time graduate and professional school students in the spring of their first and/or subsequent years and awarded to residents of the greater New Haven county.

New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) - www.neebc.org - is an organization whose primary function is to advance knowledge and education about issues in the employee benefits field.  The intent of this scholarship ($5,000) is to encourage students to consider the employee benefits field for career opportunities.

NPBA Foundation Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship for Second Year Law Students - www.norfolkandportsmouthbar.org - was established in honor of Elizabeth Fitzwater.  The Foundation's mission is to promote the administration to justice, to educate the public about the importance of law in their daily lives and to enhance the image of the legal profession in the community.  This scholarship ($1,000) has been set up for those students who intend to practice in the south Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Information on these and many more outside scholarship opportunities is available directly from the Financial Aid Office - come by to learn more!

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