Selection for most scholarships is based solely on material in the student’s admission file. Information on scholarships for which applicants may apply will be included in their admission materials or financial aid packet. Scholarships do not require a separate application unless noted. Find current opportunities and applications here.
Elizabeth Montague Averill Scholarship
This fund provides a scholarship to an older-than-average student. The scholarship is renewable subject to successful academic performance.
Requirements: 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. Scholarships may be renewed each year if the recipient’s academic performance is satisfactory.
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 and is renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
Judge David T. and Hope Cavanaugh Scholarship
In memory of Judge David T. Cavanaugh, a 1940 law alumnus and judge in Jackson County, Mo.
Mark A. Dover Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors Mark Dover, 1992 graduate who died after a courageous battle with cancer.
Requirements: Preference given to students pursuing law as a second career.
Professor Robert C. Downs Recruitment ScholarshipRequirements: 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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
Elizabeth Pope George Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Elizabeth Pope George, 1924 graduate, this fund awards one scholarship every three years. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
Requirements: 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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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: Full-time student, undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 500 words explaining the value of education and his/her future contributions to society.
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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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. Scholarship may be renewed if student maintains a 3.0 GPA.
Requirements: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2. Applicants should submit a statement demonstrating how they meet the scholarship criteria.
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: Applicants should submit a statement explaining the work he/she plans to do.
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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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/University Special Admissions Scholarships
Up to four partial or full fee-waiver scholarships are awarded to entering law students funded by memorial funds. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
Requirements: Scholastic superiority, contribution to school’s diversity.
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 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: Intent to practice in area of public service. Application necessary.
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.
Polsinelli, Shalton, Flanigan, Suelthaus Scholarship
This law firm has committed to fund scholarships at each of the five law schools from which they recruit most heavily to outstanding entering students from under-represented populations. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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. The scholarship may be renewed if a minimum GPA is maintained and core course work is completed.
Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties. Application required.
Ruth and John Rhiner Scholarship Fund
In his estate, Mr. Rhiner provided for a scholarship for incoming law students. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
Joseph A. Sherman Memorial Scholarship Fund
A 1955 graduate, Sherman was known as a “gentleman of the bar” among his peers. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
Edgar J. Snow Scholarship Fund
The Edgar J. Snow Scholarships are funded primarily through the generosity of Professor Patrick Randolph, the law firm of Husch Blackwell and alumni recipients of the Edgar J. Snow Scholarships. A scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding entering international law student from China. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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.
Requirements: Must be in the high need category for financial aid.
The James A. Bayless Emergency Loan Fund
A fund established to provide emergency short-term loans for law students.
The Joseph S. Chartrand Memorial FundThis fund, in memory of Joseph S. Chartrand, an alumnus and part-time instructor, assists students in purchasing law books.
Requirements: Application required.
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.
Requirements: Application required.
Max Foust Scholarship
Established by colleagues of Max Foust, this scholarship is awarded to a law student with financial need.
Requirements: Experience or skills that indicate success in trial advocacy. Application required
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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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 degree. The scholarship is renewed each year if the recipient remains a single custodial parent and maintains satisfactory academic performance.
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.
Kenner & Kavanaugh ScholarshipThe 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. Scholarships may be renewed if academic performance is satisfactory.
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.
Law Enforcement Scholarship
This annual scholarship will be awarded to one or more students pursuing a law degree at UMKC with financial need who are currently employed with a law enforcement agency or who have just left the agency to pursue a law degree.
Requirements: Preference given to students with experience in Kansas City metropolitan area.
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.
Requirements: Preference given to students from St. Joseph, Mo.
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.
Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need.
Larence Schrader Scholarship
A fund established by Diane King to endow a scholarship in her father’s memory.
Shook, Hardy and Bacon Diversity in Law Scholarship
This scholarship provides significant dollars to recruit students in order to increase diversity within the legal profession. The commitment is to fund one student through three years of his/her legal education.
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.
Requirements: Female student, preference given to rural applicants, 3.75 minimum GPA.
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.