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Scholarships and Awards

Calvin named scholarships for pre-law students

A number of scholarships are available specifically for Calvin College upperclassmen who have declared their intention to enter the field of law. Additional information about these scholarships is available from the Admissions and Financial Aid Department or by clicking on the scholarship name. The scholarships include:

Bere' Memorial Scholarship
Ronald Buikema Scholarship
Honorable John Feikens Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship
Kenneth L. Ryskamp Scholarship

Jacob and Rena VanDellen Scholarship
Waalkes Memorial Scholarship
Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship

Interested students should submit the completed application as noted in the scholarship details available at the above links by March 1st to be considered for these awards for the subsequent academic year.

Outside scholarships and awards

Search for non-Calvin scholarships and financial aid through Calvin's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

$5,000 in financial assistance is awarded annually to a scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Recipients are selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship, not on the selected law school. First year students receiving the award may be eligible for renewal for an additional two years of financial assistance. For more information and to apply, go to the web site of the American Bar Association. Applications are due in the early spring.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarships

LSAT Preparation Scholarship

Up to $1,500 is awarded to selected minority students, to enable them to attend a study course to prepare for the LSAT. Scholarships will cover the cost of tuition for a LSAT Preparation Course offered by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a Michigan resident or currently attending a Michigan college or university
  • be a junior or senior during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • have demonstrated financial need
  • take the LSAT prep course by December, 2015

Applications are available on the Warner Norcross & Judd web site. Deadline for submission, including the Financial Information Form, is in the spring.

Congratulations to Sungjin Yoo, a 2012 recipient of the Warner Norcross & Judd LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship!

Minority Scholarship Program

$5,000 will be awarded to a law school student, $2,000 to a paralegal/legal assistant student and $1,000 to a legal secretarial student who is currently accepted or enrolled in an accredited school in Michigan and is a current or former resident of Michigan. The deadline for submitting applications to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (who selects the winners) is April 1 of each year.

Interested students should complete an online application.

Questions should be directed to Ruth Bishop, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, at 616.284.4903 or to Rodney Martin, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, at

Varnum Law Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program

Varnum Law annually provides two scholarships designed to provide financial assistance and adequate preparation of undergraduate students who desire to attend law school and demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and/or their community. Each scholarship of up to $1,500 is for a junior undergraduate student to attend a LSAT preparation course offered by Kaplan Test Prep and Admission.

To be eligible for the LSAT preparation course scholarship, recipients must:

  • be a junior or senior level student currently attending an accredited Michigan college or university
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a significant commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion

Scholarship information and the application are available online at the Varnum Law website.

Congratulations to Phanuelle Duchatelier for winning a 2011 Varnum LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship!

Congratulations to Ben Shoemaker, a 2010 recipient of the Varnum LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship!

Get Prepped LSAT Prep Scholarships for Law School

Get Prepped LSAT Prep awards $1000 scholarships every January and June to students applying to law school. Application must include a personal statement, class rank, and college/degree course information. For more information, check the "Scholarships" page on their website. (January 31 and June 30 deadlines, annually)

Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative of Grand Rapids LSAT Scholarships

The Grand Rapids Bar Association is sponsoring scholarships for students to help prepare them to take the LSAT; the awards include the LSAT test fee, the LSAC Credential Assembly Service fees, and the cost of a LSAT prep course provided by an approved test preparation service (such as Kaplan).

Eligible applicants must qualify under one or more of the following categories of diversity: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, language, age, disability, marital and parental status, geographic origin, and socioeconomic background. Additionally, financial need and a commitment to West Michigan must be demonstrated

For further information, check the homepage of the Grand Rapids Bar Association website. Applications for scholarships will be accepted through June 27, 2014 for the September 27, 2014 LSAT.

Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship

Console & Hollawell, a law firm based in New Jersey, sponsors a $1000 scholarship opportunity open to college and law school students who are pursuing a degree in pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their juris doctorate in any concentration of the law.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen; a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning; and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The application and additional information are available online. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2015.

d'Oliveira and Associates College Scholarship

The Rhode Island law firm of d'Oliveira and Associates annually sponsors a $1000 scholarship for students pursuing college degrees or certifications in law school, paralegal studies, legal assistant studies, court reporting, or any other law-related field from community colleges, technical schools, or business schools in the United States.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent. The award is to be used solely for school tuition and related expenses, and the application deadline is July 30, 2015. Additional information and the application form is available on the firm's website.

2015 Law Office Steven Fritsch Scholarship

To support the pursuit of excellence in family law, the law office of Steven Fritsch sponsors a $1,000 scholarship to help defray first-year law school tuition and related expenses for a student attending an accredited law school in the United States and planning to study and practice family law. The application deadline is July 27, 2015. More information about the scholarship is available on the firm's website, along with the full list of requirements, and the full scholarship application.