Privately Funded Scholarships for J.D. Program

Private scholarships are made possible by generous donations from alumni and friends of the School of Law. Endowed scholarships will be awarded in perpetuity from the income earned on the endowment account. Annual scholarships exist through annual contributions by donors for the purpose of making annual scholarship awards. All incoming first-year students are automatically considered for privately endowed scholarships. If you have questions about these scholarships or would like information on creating a scholarship please contact the appropriate office below.

For more information on applying for scholarships or questions about individual scholarships, please contact the Office of Admission at lawadmit@uark.edu or 479-575-3102.

For more information on supporting law students through scholarships, please contact Tory Gaddy, director of development, in the Office of Development at gaddy@uark.edu or 479-575-3895.

Academic Merit

Endowed Scholarships

Michelle Lee Bartlett Endowed Scholarship

Created by Mr. and Mrs. David L. Bartlett in memory of their daughter Michelle

Candidate Criteria: Upcoming second year law student in the top 20% of the class with an interest in criminal law demonstrated by a maximum three-page memorandum on any area of criminal law.

The Ralph M. Cloar, Jr. Endowed Student Award

Created by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) to honor the life and legacy of longtime member and 1986-87 ATLA president Ralph M. Cloar, Jr.

Candidate Criteria: Active in the local ATLA student chapter or has an expressed interest in consumer protection law. Demonstrate financial need and high academic achievement.

Sidney P. Davis, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

Created to honor the work of Sidney P. Davis who had an active legal career in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was a former president of the Washington County Bar Association, and served as a lecturer at the School of Law for twenty years primarily in the field of insurance law.

Candidate Requirement: Current law student with strong academic performance

Charles H. Earl Scholarship

Created by Charles H. Earl to provide scholarship funds to students

Candidate Criteria: demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement, and personal integrity.

Jim G. Ferguson Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: Created by Jim G. Ferguson, Jr. in memory of his father Jim G. Ferguson, Sr.

Candidate Criteria: high academic achievement

Purpose: Created by Sandra Garner in memory of her husband Charles Garner

Candidate Criteria: 3-L law student with a record of commitment and skill in the area of advocacy and demonstrated financial need.

John Grabiel Scholarship

Created by Ruth Grabiel in memory of her father John Grabiel

Candidate Criteria: student must demonstrate high academic achievement

Morris and Jessie Waterman Herrman Endowed Scholarship

Purpose: Created by Gus W. Herrman and Cecil W. Herrman in honor of Morris and Jessie Waterman Herrman

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement.

Kutak Rock Nicholas H. Alexander Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: Created by the friends, family, and colleagues of Nicholas H. Alexander to commemorate his life and legacy.

Candidate Criteria: High academic achievement and a demonstrated record of individual accomplishments and community service.

The Mike and Billie Lax Family Scholarship

Created by the Mike and Billie Lax Family to provide scholarship funds for law students

Candidate Criteria: Strong work ethic and moral character with service to others. Preference will be given to a student with a demonstrated financial hardship. Renewable in 2nd and 3rd years with demonstrated academic success.

Robert A. Leflar Scholarship

Created by friends, family, former students and colleagues to honor of Robert A. Leflar, Dean and professor of law, to provide a three-year fellowship for a law student.

Candidate Criteria: High academic achievement

Connie Lewis Lensing Endowed Law Scholarship

Created by Connie Lewis Lensing to provide scholarship funds to law students

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student with academic potential and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from Eastern Arkansas. Scholarship is renewable in 2nd and 3rd year if student remains in good academic standing.

Anna McGee Scholarship

Created in honor of Anna McGee

Candidate Criteria: Law students in the upper 10% of class and demonstrated financial need.

Reed JeeMinSeo Moberly Endowed Scholarship

Created by Robert Moberly and Lynne Webb in memory of their son Reed JeeMinSeo Moberly.

Candidate Criteria: Contributes to the diverse educational environment and has potential to contribute to the academic excellence at U of A. Preference will be given to a 1-L student.

Louis L. Pettit Chancellor’s Law Fellowship

Created by Louis Pettit to provide scholarship funds to attract and retain academically excelling students.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student who has a minimum 3.5 GPA, and a minimum LSAT score of 160. Preference will be given to graduates of Stuttgart High School or Arkansas County residents.

Thomas R. Rawlings Endowed Scholarship

Created by the Estate of Thomas R. Rawlings to provide scholarship funds to high achieving students.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student with high LSAT scores and high academic achievement

Rose Law Firm Scholarship

Created by the Rose Law Firm to provide assistance to an academically excellent student serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review.

Candidate Criteria: Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review.

Major General Arthur G. Salisbury Scholarship

Created by Maj. Gen. Arthur and his wife, Nancy Salisbury to provide scholarships to high achieving students

Candidate Criteria: High academic achievement

John N. Stern Scholars

Created by the Ben J. Altheimer Charitable Foundation to honor their founding Chairman, John N. Stern.

Candidate Criteria: High LSAT scores and high academic achievement. Preference will be given to students from Jefferson County, Arkansas.

Richard and Patricia Vint – Exxon Mobil Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Created by Richard and Patricia Vint to support students studying oil and gas law.

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement and leadership potential. Student must be studying oil and gas law.

Annual Scholarships

Charles Thomas Pearson Scholarship

Created by Charles Thomas and Mary Alice Pearson to provide scholarships for high achieving law students.

Candidate Criteria: 2-L and 3-L students who rank in the top 20% of their class.

Areas of Study

Endowed Scholarships

Michelle Lee Bartlett Endowed Scholarship

Created by Mr. and Mrs. David L. Bartlett in memory of their daughter Michelle

Candidate Criteria: Upcoming second year law student in the top 20% of the class with an interest in criminal law demonstrated by a maximum three-page memorandum on any area of criminal law.

Butler Snow Christy D. Jones Endowed Award

Created by Butler Snow LLP, friends, and colleagues of Christy D. Jones to commemorate her career and the impact she leaves on the legal community. Christy Jones was a driving force within the pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare industry during her career of more than forty years.

Candidate Criteria: demonstrated academic excellence and interest in litigation

The Ralph M. Cloar, Jr. Endowed Student Award

Created by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) to honor the life and legacy of longtime member and 1986-87 ATLA president Ralph M. Cloar, Jr.

Candidate Criteria: Active in the local ATLA student chapter or has an expressed interest in consumer protection law. Demonstrate financial need and high academic achievement.

Eual Dean and Fern Nance Social Justice Endowed Scholarship

Created by Cynthia E. Nance in honor of her parents Eual Dean and Fern Nance

Candidate Criteria: 3-L student with a strong interest in public interest law

Public Interest and Rural Community Sustainability

Created by professor and former dean Stacey Leeds to provide summer stipends to JD and LLM students pursuing public interest law or work with private firms that will address problems of access to justice and rural economic development created by a low number of attorneys per capita.

Candidate Criteria: Good academic standing and demonstrated interest in public interest work

Raffaelli Lineberger Public Service

Created to provide and externship by John D. Raffaelli to recognize the contributions and commitment of John Raffaelli and John Lineberger, and their families, to public service and to excellence in legal education

Candidate Criteria: Interest in Public Service.

James R. Van Dover Pro Bono Scholarship

Created by James R. Van Dover to honor the work and legacies of Judge Bobby Fussell and James Van Dover

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need and an interest in pro bono or public service

Richard and Patricia Vint – Exxon Mobil Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Created by Richard and Patricia Vint to support students studying oil and gas law.

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement and leadership potential. Student must be studying oil and gas law.

Annual Scholarships

Conner and Winters Fern Holland Award

Created to commemorate the life and legacy of Fern Holland by friends and colleagues

Candidate Criteria: contributes to the diversity of the law school and expresses an interest in public service.

Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Interest

Created by the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation to establish an externship for a student focused on public service.

Candidate Criteria: good academic standing, interest in public service

Diversity

Endowed Scholarships

John D. and Jayne Alford Endowed Scholarship for Tribal Citizens

Created by John and Jayne Alford to further the educational endeavors of citizens of federally recognized tribal governments

Candidate Criteria: Citizen of a federally recognized tribe indigenous to the United States. Must maintain a 2.5 GPA and provide required essay on the representation of tribal citizens in the legal community.

Reed JeeMinSeo Moberly Endowed Scholarship

Created by Robert Moberly and Lynne Webb in memory of their son Reed JeeMinSeo Moberly.

Candidate Criteria: Contributes to the diverse educational environment and has potential to contribute to the academic excellence at U of A. Preference will be given to a 1-L student.

Patricia and Richard Vint ExxonMobil Diversity Endowment Award

Created by Patricia and Richard Vint to support expanded and diverse opportunities for students including internship opportunities, student travel to conferences and competitions, or to support diversity education.

Candidate Criteria: Contributes to the diverse educational environment

Annual Scholarships

Created by Cornelius and Tea’ Boone, Greneda Johnson, Efrem Neely and Angela Wilson to recruit a diverse student body.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student from a diverse background with demonstrated financial need.

Conner and Winters Fern Holland Award

Created to commemorate the life and legacy of Fern Holland by friends and colleagues

Candidate Criteria: contributes to the diversity of the law school and expresses an interest in public service.

Hemingway Family Award

Created by Collins Hemingway to support student scholarships

Candidate Criteria: demonstrate financial need and have overcome a hardship to attend school. Preference will be given to an Arkansas resident who previously participated in the CLEO or SPPARK programs.

Created by the Walmart Legal Team to provide scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds.

Candidate Criteria: 2L and 3L law students in good standing. Student must contribute to a diverse educational environment. Renewable if student remains in good academic standing.

Geographic Specific

Endowed Scholarships

Robert E. Boyer Endowed Scholarship

Created by Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Boyer in memory of Tommy’s brother, Robert E. Boyer.

Candidate Criteria: First year law student who is a resident of Arkansas

Governor Francis A. Cherry Scholarship

Created by Judge William J. Smith to honor the public service of former Governor Francis A. Cherry

Candidate Criteria: Talented citizen of Arkansas

P.H. “Hugh” Hardin Memorial Scholarship

Created by the friends and family of P.H. “Hugh” Hardin to honor his legacy.

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student from Sebastian County.

Connie Lewis Lensing Endowed Law Scholarship

Created by Connie Lewis Lensing to provide scholarship funds to law students

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student with academic potential and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from Eastern Arkansas. Scholarship is renewable in 2nd and 3rd year if student remains in good academic standing.

Louis L. Pettit Chancellor’s Law Fellowship

Created by Louis Pettit to provide scholarship funds to attract and retain academically excelling students.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student who has a minimum 3.5 GPA, and a minimum LSAT score of 160. Preference will be given to graduates of Stuttgart High School or Arkansas County residents.

Pulaski County Bar Foundation Justice Donald L. Corbin Endowed Award

Created by the Pulaski County Bar Foundation in honor and memory of Justice Donald L. Corbin

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student from Pulaski County, or planning to practice in Pulaski County. Student must demonstrate financial need.

John N. Stern Scholars

Created by the Ben J. Altheimer Charitable Foundation to honor their founding Chairman, John N. Stern.

Candidate Criteria: High LSAT scores and high academic achievement. Preference will be given to students from Jefferson County, Arkansas.

Annual Scholarships

Hemingway Family Award

Created by Collins Hemingway to support student scholarships

Candidate Criteria: demonstrate financial need and have overcome a hardship to attend school. Preference will be given to an Arkansas resident who previously participated in the CLEO or SPPARK programs.

Need Based

Endowed Scholarships

Norma Lea Beasley Endowed Scholarship

Created by Norma Lea Beasley to encourage other female students seeking a legal education

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need

David Boatright Scholarship

Created by Will and Nell Boatright in memory of their son David Boatright

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need

William Elmo Browning Scholarship

Created by Mr. Browning to support law students

Candidate Criteria: Current law student with financial need

Butler Snow Christy D. Jones Endowed Award

Created by Butler Snow LLP, friends, and colleagues of Christy D. Jones to commemorate her career and the impact she leaves on the legal community. Christy Jones was a driving force within the pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare industry during her career of more than forty years.

Candidate Criteria: demonstrated academic excellence and interest in litigation

The Ralph M. Cloar, Jr. Endowed Student Award

Created by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) to honor the life and legacy of longtime member and 1986-87 ATLA president Ralph M. Cloar, Jr.

Candidate Criteria: Active in the local ATLA student chapter or has an expressed interest in consumer protection law. Demonstrate financial need and high academic achievement.

John J. Cravens Memorial Scholarship

Created by Jack King in honor of John J. Cravens who was a University of Arkansas School of Law graduate and practiced in Ozark for many years.

Candidate Requirements: demonstrated financial need

Judge Robert H. Dudley Endowed Scholarship

Created by Debbie Dudley Branson in honor of her father Judge Robert H. Dudley

Candidate Criteria: sense of civic purpose, demonstrated financial need, and circumstances that prevent full time devotion to the study of law; preference will be given to a student with a child or children, or a law student who is a child of a judge.

Charles H. Earl Scholarship

Created by Charles H. Earl to provide scholarship funds to students

Candidate Criteria: demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement, and personal integrity.

Marion L. Farmer Law Scholarship

Created through the Estate of Marion L. Farmer to provide scholarship funds to students

Candidate Criteria: demonstrated financial need and minimum 2.0 GPA

Created by Sandra Garner in memory of her husband Charles Garner

Candidate Criteria: 3-L law student with a record of commitment and skill in the area of advocacy and demonstrated financial need.

P.H. “Hugh” Hardin Memorial Scholarship

Created by the friends and family of P.H. “Hugh” Hardin to honor his legacy.

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student from Sebastian County.

Marion W. and Mary Alice Hazel Endowed Scholarship

Created though the estate of Mary Alice Hazel to provide scholarship funds to students

Candidate Criteria: 2-L or 3-L student with demonstrated financial need.

Morris and Jessie Waterman Herrman Endowed Scholarship

Created by Gus W. Herrman and Cecil W. Herrman in honor of Morris and Jessie Waterman Herrman

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement.

The Mike and Billie Lax Family Scholarship

Created by the Mike and Billie Lax Family to provide scholarship funds for law students

Candidate Criteria: Strong work ethic and moral character with service to others. Preference will be given to a student with a demonstrated financial hardship. Renewable in 2nd and 3rd years with demonstrated academic success.

Connie Lewis Lensing Endowed Law Scholarship

Created by Connie Lewis Lensing to provide scholarship funds to law students

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student with academic potential and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from Eastern Arkansas. Scholarship is renewable in 2nd and 3rd year if student remains in good academic standing.

James E. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship

Created through the estate of James E. McDaniel to provide scholarship funds for law students

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need

Anna McGee Scholarship

Created in honor of Anna McGee

Candidate Criteria: Law students in the upper 10% of class and demonstrated financial need.

Edward Baylor Merriwether Scholarship

Created in memory of Edward Baylor Merriwether by friends and former students.

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need.

Pulaski County Bar Foundation Justice Donald L. Corbin Endowed Award

Created by the Pulaski County Bar Foundation in honor and memory of Justice Donald L. Corbin

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student from Pulaski County, or planning to practice in Pulaski County. Student must demonstrate financial need.

Lee and Bernal Seamster Memorial

Created by friends and family to honor Judge Lee Seamster and his son, Bernal Seamster

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need.

James R. Van Dover Pro Bono Scholarship

Created by James R. Van Dover to honor the work and legacies of Judge Bobby Fussell and James Van Dover

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need and an interest in pro bono or public service

Richard and Patricia Vint – Exxon Mobil Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Created by Richard and Patricia Vint to support students studying oil and gas law.

Candidate Criteria: Demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement and leadership potential. Student must be studying oil and gas law.

Henry Warten Scholarship

Created by Henry Warten to provide scholarships to law students.

Candidate Criteria: Current law students with demonstrated financial need

Waterman Memorial Award

Created by the friends, family, and colleagues of Julian Waterman, first Dean and founder of the School of Law at the University of Arkansas.

Candidate Criteria: Current law students with demonstrated financial need

Frederick W. Whiteside, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

Created by Martha Whiteside in memory of her husband, former professor, Frederick W. Whiteside who served as a faculty member from 1940 – 1948.

Candidate Criteria: Current law students with demonstrated financial need

Annual Scholarships

Created by Cornelius and Tea’ Boone, Greneda Johnson, Efrem Neely and Angela Wilson to recruit a diverse student body.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student from a diverse background with demonstrated financial need.

Hemingway Family Award

Created by Collins Hemingway to support student scholarships

Candidate Criteria: demonstrate financial need and have overcome a hardship to attend school. Preference will be given to an Arkansas resident who previously participated in the CLEO or SPPARK programs.

Non-Traditional Student

Endowed Scholarships

Joan DuChesnault Chapman Scholarship

Created through the estate of Joan DuChesnault Chapman

Candidate Criteria: Second year law student over the age of 30.

Judge Robert H. Dudley Endowed Scholarship

Created by Debbie Dudley Branson in honor of her father Judge Robert H. Dudley

Candidate Criteria: sense of civic purpose, demonstrated financial need, and circumstances that prevent full time devotion to the study of law

Annual Scholarships

Hemingway Family Award

Created by Collins Hemingway to support student scholarships

Candidate Criteria: demonstrate financial need and have overcome a hardship to attend school. Preference will be given to an Arkansas resident who previously participated in the CLEO or SPPARK programs.

First Year (1L)

Endowed Scholarships

Robert E. Boyer Endowed Scholarship

Created by Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Boyer in memory of Tommy’s brother, Robert E. Boyer.

Candidate Criteria: First year law student who is a resident of Arkansas

The Mike and Billie Lax Family Scholarship

Created by the Mike and Billie Lax Family to provide scholarship funds for law students

Candidate Criteria: Strong work ethic and moral character with service to others. Preference will be given to a student with a demonstrated financial hardship. Renewable in 2nd and 3rd years with demonstrated academic success.

Robert A. Leflar Scholarship

Created by friends, family, former students and colleagues to honor of Robert A. Leflar, Dean and professor of law, to provide a three-year fellowship for a law student.

Candidate Criteria: High academic achievement

Connie Lewis Lensing Endowed Law Scholarship

Created by Connie Lewis Lensing to provide scholarship funds to law students

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student with academic potential and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from Eastern Arkansas. Scholarship is renewable in 2nd and 3rd year if student remains in good academic standing.

Reed JeeMinSeo Moberly Endowed Scholarship

Created by Robert Moberly and Lynne Webb in memory of their son Reed JeeMinSeo Moberly.

Candidate Criteria: Contributes to the diverse educational environment and has potential to contribute to the academic excellence at U of A. Preference will be given to a 1-L student.

Louis L. Pettit Chancellor’s Law Fellowship

Created by Louis Pettit to provide scholarship funds to attract and retain academically excelling students.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student who has a minimum 3.5 GPA, and a minimum LSAT score of 160. Preference will be given to graduates of Stuttgart High School or Arkansas County residents.

Pulaski County Bar Foundation Justice Donald L. Corbin Endowed Award

Created by the Pulaski County Bar Foundation in honor and memory of Justice Donald L. Corbin

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student from Pulaski County, or planning to practice in Pulaski County. Student must demonstrate financial need.

Thomas R. Rawlings Endowed Scholarship

Created by the Estate of Thomas R. Rawlings to provide scholarship funds to high achieving students.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student with high LSAT scores and high academic achievement

Annual Scholarships

Created by Cornelius and Tea’ Boone, Greneda Johnson, Efrem Neely and Angela Wilson to recruit a diverse student body.

Candidate Criteria: 1-L student from a diverse background with demonstrated financial need.

Second-Year

Endowed Scholarships

Michelle Lee Bartlett Endowed Scholarship

Created by Mr. and Mrs. David L. Bartlett in memory of their daughter Michelle

Candidate Criteria: Upcoming second year law student in the top 20% of the class with an interest in criminal law demonstrated by a maximum three-page memorandum on any area of criminal law.

Joan DuChesnault Chapman Scholarship

Created through the estate of Joan DuChesnault Chapman

Candidate Criteria: Second year law student over the age of 30.

Marion W. and Mary Alice Hazel Endowed Scholarship

Created though the estate of Mary Alice Hazel to provide scholarship funds to students

Candidate Criteria: 2-L or 3-L student with demonstrated financial need.

Annual Scholarships

Charles Thomas Pearson Scholarship

Created by Charles Thomas and Mary Alice Pearson to provide scholarships for high achieving law students.

Candidate Criteria: 2-L and 3-L students who rank in the top 20% of their class.

Created by the Walmart Legal Team to provide scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds.

Candidate Criteria: 2L and 3L law students in good standing. Student must contribute to a diverse educational environment. Renewable if student remains in good academic standing.

Third-Year

Endowed Scholarships

Anna McGee Scholarship

Created in honor of Anna McGee

Candidate Criteria: Law students in the upper 10% of class and demonstrated financial need.

Created by Sandra Garner in memory of her husband Charles Garner

Candidate Criteria: 3-L law student with a record of commitment and skill in the area of advocacy and demonstrated financial need.

Joan DuChesnault Chapman Scholarship

Created through the estate of Joan DuChesnault Chapman

Candidate Criteria: Second year law student over the age of 30.

Marion W. and Mary Alice Hazel Endowed Scholarship

Created though the estate of Mary Alice Hazel to provide scholarship funds to students

Candidate Criteria: 2-L or 3-L student with demonstrated financial need.

Eual Dean and Fern Nance Social Justice Endowed Scholarship

Created by Cynthia E. Nance in honor of her parents Eual Dean and Fern Nance

Candidate Criteria: 3-L student with a strong interest in public interest law

Annual Scholarships

Charles Thomas Pearson Scholarship

Created by Charles Thomas and Mary Alice Pearson to provide scholarships for high achieving law students.

Candidate Criteria: 2-L and 3-L students who rank in the top 20% of their class.

Created by the Walmart Legal Team to provide scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds.

Candidate Criteria: 2L and 3L law students in good standing. Student must contribute to a diverse educational environment. Renewable if student remains in good academic standing.