Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:
- You must show proof of your acceptance into an ABA-accredited U.S. law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate Program on or before the application deadline (to start in fall 2016).
- LLM students and/or part-time students are ineligible.
- You must have earned an undergraduate cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher.
- You must be financially disadvantaged and have completed the FAFSA.
- You must have an interest in corporate law, including an interest in working in a corporate law department and/or law firm.
- You must have an interest in diversity and inclusion.
- You must demonstrate community service and leadership qualities.
- Students pursuing dual degree programs are ineligible.
When is the application deadline?
TBD for 2017
When is the recommendation deadline?
TBD for 2017
Should I submit all of my information before I request a recommendation?
No. You should request recommendations as early as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the recommendation to be submitted by the deadline.
What are the selection criteria?
An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:
- Financial need
- Community involvement
- Academic achievements and records
Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given
What are the details of the award?
- Scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to incoming first year law students.
- Eligibility requirements and awards are at the sole discretion of MCCA and are not guaranteed. .
- The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load at ABA accredited U.S. law schools.
- Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.
Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?
You should list your first choice on the application.
How do I change my college choice?
You can update your final school choice on the ‘My Profile’ page at https://aim.applyists.net. If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make sure your law school is updated at least 30 days prior to the check issue date stated in the award notification so your check can be issued accordingly. This will not update forms that have already passed the deadline but all awards are issued based on the ‘My Profile’ page.
How do I know if my application is complete?
Allow five to seven business days after uploading documents for your online status to update.
You may monitor your status of your application on your home page at aim.applyists.net. Definitions for each designation are:
- Not Started – the form has not been requested or started
- Submitted – the form has been submitted
- Complete – all required forms and attachments (if applicable) have been received and your application will be considered for the scholarship
You may monitor your status of each required form and attachment on your home page at aim.applyists.net.
- Started – the form has not been submitted
- Requested – the form request has been created, but the form has not been started
- Not received – the attachment has not been received
- Processing – the attachment has been received and is being processed and verified
- Accepted – the attachment has been verified and accepted by ISTS
It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the progress of all application requirements to make sure the application is complete. The status ‘Complete’ will display on the homepage when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified.
I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application. Do I need to submit it again?
Previously uploaded documents that are no longer displayed with a status on the home page have been rejected. The most common reasons for a rejected document are as follows:
- The document uploaded is not one of the accepted file types. (ex. .pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg .bmp and .zip)
- The document uploaded was not the document requested.
- Not all pages of the document were contained in the file.
- We cannot open the file. The file may be corrupted or password protected.
Refer to the upload section of your application for the details of the required documents and upload a new file that meets the criteria stated.
Where and when should I send my supporting documents?
The required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline. If you do not follow the upload instructions exactly your application may not be considered. Documents that meet the criteria required for the scholarship application, and are uploaded by the deadline, will be processed and considered on time.
How and when will I receive notification?
- Notifications are sent to recipients and applicants not selected to receive an award via email by the end of August. For recipients, an ‘Acceptance’ link will be displayed on the ‘Home’ page following the notification.
- Add firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your email address book or “safe senders list” so these important emails are not sent to your junk mail folder.
- Do not ‘opt out’ of any email sent from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications.
Note: Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply. We will not provide your email address to any third-parties.
What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?
You must enroll in law school full-time in the fall of the year in which the scholarship is awarded, continue the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by scholarship sponsor, and notify ISTS should your check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date.
How and when are checks issued?
Checks will be issued to each recipient’s law school via U.S. mail and made payable to the institution on the profile page.
Are scholarships taxable?
Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance. You may also consult IRS Publication 970 for further information (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf).
Who administers this program?
To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.
Who do I contact if I have other questions?
For additional information regarding the scholarship program click here to contact ISTS.