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BEST SCHOOLS 2002: Dollars for Scholars

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A selective guide to scholarships for the study of business or law.

March 2002

Business Scholarships

AICPA Minority Scholarship Academic & Career Development Division 1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 (212) 596-6224 The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants awards a maximum of $5,000 to undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students who are not CPAs must be pursuing a master’s degree in accounting or taxation; students pursuing an MBA must have an undergraduate degree in accounting. Qualifications: Applicant must be in a five-year accounting program or have been an undergraduate accounting major who has been accepted into a master’s-level accounting, business administration, finance, or taxation program, or have had any undergraduate-level accounting instruction and have been accepted into a master’s-level accounting program. Must be a minority as defined by AIPCA. Students must also be enrolled full-time. Deadline: July 1 American Society of Women Accountants Scholarship 1595 Spring Hill Road, Suite 330 Vienna, VA 22182 (800) 326-2163 This scholarship is open to both women and men who are pursuing a BA or MBA in accounting or a Certificate of Accounting. Applications may be submitted through local chapters of ASWA, which can be found on the Web site. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need, scholarships range from $1,500 to $4,500. Contact your local chapter of AWSA for more information. Qualifications: Students who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours with a major in accounting may submit a completed application to a local ASWA chapter. Deadline: Early April Association for Financial Professionals Scholar’s Award Certification Department 7315 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 600W Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 907-2862 Fax: (301) 907-2864 A $5,000 scholarship for students of business and finance is awarded to graduating seniors, candidates for graduate degrees, or participants in AFP’s Professional Studies Program. Apply online. Qualifications: Selection is based on an original paper, not submitted to any other award program. See the Web site for recommended subjects. Deadline: June 1 Consortium for Graduate Study in Management 5585 Pershing Ave., Suite 240 St. Louis, MO 63112 (888) 658-6814 The Consortium, a 14-university alliance designed to hasten the entry of minorities into managerial positions in business, seeks college-trained minorities, including Hispanics, for graduate fellowships. The merit-based fellowships offer full tuition for two years of full-time MBA study at one of the 14 schools: University of California at Berkeley, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, New York University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Dartmouth College, Emory University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Apply online. Qualifications: Must show evidence of organizational achievements and management potential. Deadline: January 15 Esteban E. Torres National Council of La Raza – Harvard Mid-Career Fellowship 1111 19th Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 785-1670 The National Council of La Raza is a community-based organization that promotes professional growth and leadership in the Hispanic community. The Esteban E. Torres NCLR – Harvard Mid-Career Fellowship Program offers $22,000 for one year of study at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. After completing the fellowship, recipients are required to spend the next two years working in the Hispanic community. Qualifications: Must be of Hispanic descent. Must have worked for seven years, five of those in a Hispanic organization or a mainstream organization targeting the Hispanic community, or be an employee of NCLR. Deadline: April 12 HSF/ALPFA Scholarship Program One Sansome Street, Suite 1000 San Francisco, CA 94104 (877) 473-4636 The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, together with the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (formerly the American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants), provides scholarships for college undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in accounting or finance-related fields. Students who have demonstrated an interest in accounting are encouraged to apply for the scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and community involvement. See the AAHCPA Web site for an application. Qualifications: Students must be of Hispanic descent, enrolled in a graduate program with an accounting emphasis, or in the last year of a five-year accounting program. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (accounting and overall). Deadline: Late June HSF/NSHMBA Scholarship Program One Sansome Street, Suite 1000 San Francisco, CA 94104 (877) 467-4622 The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, in partnership with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, provides financial resources to assist outstanding Hispanics pursuing master’s degrees in management or business. The awards range from $2,500 to $10,000. Check the Web site for more information. Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency; must have Hispanic ethnic parentage; must be accepted to an accredited graduate college or university; must show current participation in community development or community service; and must have financial need and be able to demonstrate notable academic performance. Deadline: Early July Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship Government Finance Officers Association 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 977-9700 A $5,000 scholarship for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students studying public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration with a focus on government or nonprofit management. The program seeks to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance. Check the Web site for more information. Applications are available in November. Qualifications: Applicants must plan to pursue a career in state or local government finance; must be of minority descent; must hold citizenship or permanent residency in the United States or Canada. Deadline: February 8

Law Scholarships

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)*•AALL James F. Connolly Congressional Information Service Scholarship Each year $3,000 is awarded to a law librarian who is interested in pursuing a law degree. Preference is given to those demonstrating an interest in government publications. Evidence of financial need must be submitted. Qualifications: Must be a library school graduate working toward a degree at an accredited law school, with meaningful law library experience and no more than 36 semester credit hours remaining before qualifying for the law degree. Deadline: April 1 •AALL George A. Strait Minority Stipend This $3,500 scholarship is awarded to college graduates who are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools. The scholarship is based on financial need. Preference will be given to individuals with law library experience or interest. Qualifications: Open to members of minority groups as defined by U.S. government guidelines. Deadline: April 1 American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund 750 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 988-5415 Created to encourage minority students to apply to law school, this program provides financial assistance to ensure that such students have an opportunity to attend law school for three years. The scholarship is based on financial need, community service, and academics, and offers $5,000 in assistance per year. Renewable. Check the Web site for more information. Qualifications: Must be an underrepresented minority student to qualify; undergraduate students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better; graduate students must be entering their first year of law school. American Bar Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Law and Social Science Jodi Polster, Program Associate 750 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 988-6580 ABF offers fellowships to encourage original research on law, the legal profession, and legal institutions. Applicants must be candidates for Ph.D. degrees in the social sciences. Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000 for 12 months. Fellows also may request up to $3,500 each fellowship year for reimbursement of expenses. Fellowships are offered at the ABF offices in Chicago, and all Fellows are provided with personal computers and have access to the libraries of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. See Web site for application process. Qualifications: Proposed research must be in the general area of social approaches to law, the legal profession, or legal institutions. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline: February 1 Florida Minority Participation in Legal Education Program Law Scholarship The Florida Education Fund 15485 Eagle Nest Lane, Suite 200 Miami Lakes, FL 33014 (305) 364-3111 The program is intended to increase minority enrollment at the state’s law schools. Applicants must intend to sit for the Florida bar examination upon graduation from law school and to practice law in the state for a period of time equal to the interval in which the student received assistance from the program. The scholarships are for full-time students and provide up to $21,000 for each of three academic years at participating schools (Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Stetson University, University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida Coastal University). Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen and Florida resident who is a member of a historically disadvantaged minority group underrepresented in the membership of the Florida bar. Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must take or have taken the LSAT. Deadline: March 15 Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Greta Larson 900 2nd Ave. South 1100 International Center Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 347-7141 Now in its tenth year, the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship program is for first-year law students. The law firm, located in downtown Minneapolis, also offers internships for scholarship recipients who have completed their second year of law school. The purposes of the program are to promote the legal training of minority lawyers and to encourage them to join major law firms and excel in private practice. The scholarship is $5,000 for the first year of law school. Qualifications: Open to minority students enrolled in the first year of law school. Deadline: April 1 MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program 634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 629-2512 The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund awards several law school scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $6,000, to Hispanic students in their first, second, or third year of law school. Applications may be obtained online. Qualifications: Scholarships are based on financial need, demonstrated involvement with and commitment to serve the Hispanic community, and academic achievement indicating the potential for successful completion of a graduate or law degree. Deadline: June 30

Law and Business Scholarships

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship Customer Service Center, Dept. 141 P.O. Box 4030 Iowa City, IA 52234 (319) 337-1716 The American Association of University Women awards stipends of $5,000 to $12,000 to minority women who are graduate degree candidates completing their final year of study in fields such as business administration and law. The goal of the program is to support women in designated fields where female participation has traditionally been low. Qualifications: Applicants must be minority women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their final year of study. Deadline: January 10 Hispanic Scholarship Fund One Sansome St., Suite 1000 San Francisco, CA 94104 (877) 473-4636 The Hispanic Scholarship Fund presents awards of $1,000 to $3,000 to full-time graduate and undergraduate students who are at least one-half Hispanic. Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 2.7. Must have completed 15 college credits of undergraduate work from an accredited college in the United States or Puerto Rico before applying. Check Web site for more details. Deadline: October 15 LULAC National Scholastic Achievement 2000 L Street, Suite 610 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 835-9646 The League of United Latin American Citizens sponsors a community-based program providing $250 to $1,000 in funds to undergraduate and graduate Hispanic students in a variety of majors. Local LULAC councils raise scholarship funds and seek to have those funds matched by corporations and individual donors. Write to a participating LULAC council in or near your hometown to ask for a scholarship application. Qualifications: ACT composite average score requirement is 23, SAT combined score requirement is 970, and GPA requirement is 3.5. Deadline: March 31 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 400 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019 (212) 547-6926 Fax: (212) 548-4623 This program provides opportunities for continuing generations of accomplished “new Americans” to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The fellowship grants half tuition plus $20,000/year for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Applicants must provide evidence of at least two of the following: creativity, originality, and initiative; commitment to and capacity for accomplishment; and commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Qualifications: Applications are open to those who hold “green cards,” have been naturalized as U.S. citizens, or are the children of two parents who are naturalized citizens. Applicants must either have a bachelor’s degree or be in the final year of undergraduate study and must not be more than 30 years of age. Applicants may be in graduate school, though not beyond their second year. Deadline: November 30

Source: HISPANIC BUSINESS magazine

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