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Selection for most scholarships is based solely on material in the student’s admission file. Information on scholarships, including any application instructions, will be relayed to admitted students in the spring before entry.

Most scholarships listed fund our Second Century scholarship program. Those which require a separate application may represent additional monies to be awarded at the Dean’s discretion. The renewability of all scholarships is based on academic performance, the details of which will be made clear when a scholarship offer is made.

Elizabeth Montague Averill Scholarship

This fund provides a scholarship to an older-than-average student. Special consideration is given to single, custodial parents.

Timothy L. Brake Scholarship

Timothy Brake, a 1973 law school graduate, established this scholarship for outstanding law students.

Alan E. Brooks Family Scholarship

Established in memoriam of Alan E. Brooks, a military combat and civilian industrial engineer who provided unwavering support to his non-traditional law student wife, Debbie Brooks class of 2001. To be awarded to a non-traditional law student. Financial underrepresentation status may be considered.

Harry L. Browne Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Harry L. Browne who devoted his career to labor law, this scholarship recognizes an entering law student who expects to practice employment and labor law. The scholarship is offered once every three years.

Judge David T. and Hope Cavanaugh Scholarship

In memory of Judge David T. Cavanaugh, a 1940 law alumnus and judge in Jackson County, Mo.

Julian Klein Davidson Scholarship

One entering student is selected annually based on merit as the Davidson Scholar. The award was created by Mary Davidson Cohen to honor her father, a 1905 graduate of the Kansas City School of Law (a predecessor of the UMKC School of Law), who left an enduring legacy of inquiry, learning and education. It includes full tuition, books, the UMKC bar preparation course and tuition to attend one of the School’s summer abroad programs in Ireland or China. The award is renewable for Scholars who maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
Requirements: Application and interview process.

Mark A. Dover Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Mark Dover, 1992 graduate who died after a courageous battle with cancer. Preference given to students pursuing law as a second career.

Professor Robert C. Downs Recruitment Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have demonstrated academic excellence, LSAT excellence, participation in community improvement.

William P. Eckels Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established to honor a son and brother, William Eckels.

Judge Jack E. Gant Scholarship

The Honorable Jack E. Gant, 1954 graduate, leaves a legacy for recipients to aspire to public service and pursuit of justice in the law.

Elizabeth Pope George Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Elizabeth Pope George, 1924 graduate, this fund awards one scholarship every three years to a female first-year student.

Rollin C. Goodale Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Mr. Charles S. and Dorothy Goodale to honor Judge Rollin C. Goodale, 1942 graduate.

The SFP and John Hardy Academic Achievement Scholarship

A scholarship created to honor the co-founder and executive vice president of Specialty Fertilizer Products' John Hardy, a 1982 graduate.
Requirements: Application and essay on the value of education.

Rubey M. Hulen Memorial Honor Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded from a fund provided by the will of Anna Hulen, widow of Rubey M. Hulen, a distinguished alumnus of the school.

The Randy James Commitment to Justice Scholarship

This fund was established by Randy James, a 1982 graduate, for entering students with demonstrated commitment to justice and to representing individuals in order to protect their rights.
Requirements: Application.

The Kansas City Lesbian, Gay and Allied Lawyers (KC LEGAL) Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial support to a student who plans to work in pursuit of equal treatment of and justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Requirements: Application.

Dean and Professor Emeritus Patrick D. Kelly Scholarship Award

As Dean of the Law School from 1966-1978, Pat established the scholarship fund during his tenure as Dean. Beginning in 2005, alumni and friends hold an annual poker tournament to benefit the scholarship fund.

Law Foundation Scholarship

The James A. Bayles Memorial Scholarship Fund, the James P. Kem Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Howard Allen Yost Memorial Fund contribute to this scholarship.

Law Foundation/Chancellor's Multicultural Scholarships

Up to four partial or full fee-waiver scholarships are awarded to entering law students funded in part by the University and in part by memorial funds.

Law School Class of 1980 Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the class of 1980 in honor of the 25th anniversary of their graduation.

The Jack and Helyn Miller Scholars Program

The Miller Scholars Program was established to recognize students who are likely to enhance the UMKC School of Law, the legal profession and the community. Stipends for full tuition take educational fees, books and living expenses into consideration.
Requirements: Application and interview process.

Filbert Munoz Memorial Scholarship

A memorial fund honoring Filbert Munoz provides scholarships to students demonstrating a record of ability, desire and interest in using their education to help members of the Hispanic community.

The Nailling Society/Richard L. Files Scholarship

In honor of Bobbi Lou Nailling, 24-year Executive Director of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar and her husband Richard Files. The recipient will be introduced at the annual KCMBA Liberty and Justice Gala.
Requirements: Application addressing intent to practice in area of public service

Nonresident Tuition Scholarships

A limited number of nonresident scholarships are awarded each year to entering non-resident students. Students will be awarded this scholarship for their first year and will be expected to qualify for Missouri residency their second and third years.

Catherine N. & Clinton T. (Duke) Paddock Fund

A fund established to provide scholarships for excellence at the School of Law.

Dean and Professor Emeritus Robert Popper Scholarship

This scholarship for an incoming student honors and Professor Emeritus Robert Popper, a proud civil libertarian specializing in criminal law.
Requirements: Application demonstrating commitment to civil liberties.

Ruth and John Rhiner Scholarship Fund

In his estate, Mr. Rhiner provided for a scholarship for incoming law students.

Omar E. Robinson Memorial Scholarships

Honor scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding entering law students from a fund established by the will of Ida C. Robinson, widow of Robinson.

Clay C. Rogers Scholarship

This scholarship honors Clay C. Rogers, a legendary Kansas City trial lawyer.

Joseph A. Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund

A 1955 graduate, Sherman was known as a “gentleman of the bar” among his peers.

The following funds are administered by the Law School and the Law Foundation provide assistance to students with financial need.

Michael J. Albano Scholarship Fund

The UMKC Alumni Association has provided an endowment honoring Michael J. Albano for need-based scholarship awards to Missouri residents.

The James A. Bayless Emergency Loan Fund

A fund established to provide emergency short-term loans for law students.

The Joseph S. Chartrand Memorial Fund

This fund, in memory of Joseph S. Chartrand, an alumnus and part-time instructor, assists students in purchasing law books.

Ethics for Good Scholarship

This scholarship has been funded by the “Ethics for Good” Continuing Legal Education program to assist law students.

The Tiera Farrow Memorial Scholarship

A memorial fund established by Tiera Farrow, a 1903 graduate, provides a partial scholarship to a worthy woman law student in need of financial aid.

Max Foust Scholarship

Established by colleagues of Max Foust, this scholarship is awarded to a law student with financial need with experience or skills that indicate success in trial advocacy.

Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Scholarship

Honorable Ann Mesle, 1972 graduate, created this fund to assist the law school in its recruitment of a diverse student body. It honors 1974 graduate Fernando J. Gaitanis, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.

Suzanne Gilmore Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Suzanne Gilmore, 1991 graduate, this scholarship is awarded to an older-than-average law student who is a single custodial parent pursuing a law degree as a second career.
Requirements: Application required.

The Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Bar association of Greater Kansas City provides scholarships to students of Hispanic descent with financial need.

Kavanaugh Family Trust Scholarship

The law firm of Kenner & Kavanaugh has provided funding to award scholarships to law students with financial need.

C.R. Krimminger Scholarships

The C.R. Krimminger Scholarships are awarded each year to academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need.

Lathrop & Gage Diversity Scholarship

The law firm of Lathrop & Gage funds a scholarship for an outstanding student with financial need whose presence in the school furthers the goal of diversity.

John Sublett Logan Scholarship

Given in memory of Mr. Logan, this scholarship is designed to assist students in their legal education who will succeed in the legal profession and will give of themselves and their talents to the community in which they live. Preference given to students from St. Joseph, Mo.

Judge Gene R. Martin Scholarship

The Honorable Gene R. Martin has established a fund to award scholarships to deserving law students based upon need.

The Thomas McMorris Jr. Scholarship Fund

A scholarship to honor the memory and promote the vision of Thomas McMorris Jr., who was active in the civil rights’ movement and served as president of the local chapter of the NAACP.

Larence Schrader Scholarship

A fund established by Diane King to endow a scholarship in her father’s memory.

Fred L. and Emma E. Wiese Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Mrs. Emma Wiese and in honor of Mr. Fred L. Wiese. Their daughter, Sarah, credits her parents with encouraging her to pursue a legal career. This award is for a female student, preference given to rural applicants.

Chancellor’s Nonresident Minority Scholarships

The University awards nonresident fee scholarships to incoming students who are members of historically under-represented minority groups. Students must identify themselves in the admissions application to obtain the scholarships.




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