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Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Fund


Deadline Date: Apr 18th, 2015
Posted Date: Jan 31st, 2013

The Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Program for Law Students

The Puerto Rican Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2015 Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Program for Latino law students.  The PRBA, founded in New York in 1957, is one of the oldest Latino bar associations in the United States.  Today, the PRBA continues its tradition of breaking down barriers to the legal profession with active members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

The PRBA awards individual scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 based on the funds raised by the PRBA.

All Latino students attending law school in New York or who are permanent residents of New York are eligible to apply.  PRBA selects recipients based on community involvement, financial need and academic promise.  All applicants must be entering their first, second, or third year (third year evening students who are entering their fourth year may also apply) of a JD degree program at an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school. Students working towards their LL.M. are NOT eligible for this award.

If you are an entering law student (entering the Fall of 2015) you MUST have been accepted into law school and have confirmed your attendance to be eligible to receive this award.

Deadline:  Received by Friday, April 18, 2015

All scholarship candidates must submit a complete and accurate application along with the required supplemental materials received by April 18, 2015 to be considered. 

PRBA Scholarship Fund
c/o Borah Goldstein
377 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10013 
Email:  scholarship@prba.net

Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 30, 2015.

1. Scholarship Application. The application MUST be completed in its entirety and signed. Please print or type.
2. Official Transcript. Please submit a copy of your latest official transcript.  If you are a first year law student, please submit an official undergraduate transcript. You may also submit your first semester's grades if they are released before our application deadline.
3. Resume (two-page limit).
4. Financial Aid Notice/Letter. Financial aid notice from your school indicating the amount awarded for the 2015/2016 academic year OR a letter from your school that states you are not eligible to receive aid.
5. 1040 Tax Form.  Include a copy of your most recent tax form filed, and if applicable, your spouse’s form (if filed separately).  If for any reason you did not file an income tax return, you must provide an explanation.
6. Personal Statement. A personal statement discussing your career goals, school and community activities, and any activities demonstrating your commitment to serve the Latino community (two-page limit).
7. Recommendation Letters. Up to two letters of recommendation are optional. Letters should specifically comment on your academics, professional skills and/or public interest/community work. All letters should be addressed to:

PRBA Scholarship Fund
c/o Borah Goldstein
377 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10013
Email:  scholarship@prba.net

General Instructions
Please read the application carefully, follow the instructions and complete ALL required sections. An incomplete application will NOT be considered.
1. Print/type carefully so that your form will be easy to read.
2. Round off figures to the nearest dollar.
3. If the question does not apply to you, do not leave it blank. Put “N/A” in the answer space.
4. Explain all items marked with an asterisk (*) or special circumstances that may affect your financial situation.
5. Make sure to SIGN the form. An application without a signature will not be accepted.

Special Instructions
1. Please make sure that you provide email, mailing address and telephone number where you may be reached.
2. If you are living with a non-marital spouse (domestic partner or any significant other), please provide all the requested information under the sections entitled “spouse.”
3. In section VII, please provide totals for the twelve (12) month period (August through July).
4. Provide the total amount of scholarships and/or grants awarded to you.  Please also indicate the total amount of loans you will receive.
5. In section VIII, itemize the type of scholarship, loan and special award you will receive.

Other Expenses
1. If rent and utilities are shared, please indicate the amount you contribute towards payment.
2. Transportation expenses while in school (during nine-month academic year) should reflect transportation expenses to and from law school only.
3. Use an additional sheet of paper if necessary to explain or describe any additional or extraordinary circumstances.

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