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Scholarships for Law, Education, and Social Services.

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
American Bar Association
Office of Funds for Justice & Education
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 988-5927

Fund encourages racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school by providing financial assistance for three years. Scholarship is based on financial need, community service, and academics. Offers $5,000 in assistance per year; renewable. Deadline in early March.

Aspen Institute
Non-profit Sector Research Fund
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 736-5831

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students is available to minority students studying volunteerism, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations.

Bainbridge-Smith Award
Fordham Law School, Office of Financial Aid
140 West 62nd Street, Room 5B
New York, NY 10023

Scholarships averaging $1,000 are open to minority students from the NY city area that attend a local law school. Contact the school of interest for details.

California Teachers Association
1705 Murchison Drive
PO Box 921
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921
(650) 697-1400

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to ethnic minority members of the CTA, their dependent children, or ethnic minority members of the Student California Teachers Association pursuing degrees or teaching credentials in public education.

University of Boulder, Colorado
Office of Financial Aid
Campus Box 106
Boulder, CO 80309-0106
(303) 492-5091

The Lillian Gutierrez Scholarship is open to minority students pursuing teacher licensure at the University of Colorado. Preference for those with financial need and who are active in their ethnic community.

The Judy Carol Crites Herron Minority Scholarship is offered to Colorado residents earning teacher licensure in secondary education, preferably in social studies or English.

Many local law firms provide money for scholarships to help incoming law students finance their studies. The Holland and Hart Minority Scholarship offers $5,000; apply promptly after January 1.

University of Connecticut, West Hartford
School of Social Work
1798 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 570-9135

Opportunity Scholarships covering full tuition and fees are offered to African American students and other minorities majoring in social work. Must demonstrate financial need; applications due in April.

Cuban American Teachers' Association
12037 Peoria Street
Sun Valley, CA 91352-2320
(818) 768-2669

CATA awards scholarships of $300 to $1000 to students of Cuban descent who reside in LA County. Applicants must hold a 3.0 grade-point average, speak Spanish, and be interested in their cultural heritage. Apply by April 1.

Florida Department of Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
124 Collins Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(888) 827-2004

The $2,000 Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant is awarded to a Hispanic undergraduate or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must be Florida residents and attending a college or university in the state. They must also have been born in or have a natural parent who was born in Mexico, Spain, South America, Central America, or the Caribbean.

Scholarships of $13,020 are available to Latin American and Caribbean citizens attending institutions of higher education in Florida. The award is available for undergraduates studying the economic and social needs of their countries.

Florida Education Fund
201 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1525
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 272-2772

The Minority Participation in Legal Education (MPLE) Program offers pre-law scholarships, valued at up to $7,000 annually, to juniors and seniors at Florida colleges and universities each year.

Illinois Board of Higher Education
500 West Monroe Street, Third Floor
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 782-6767

The Teachers in Special Education program offers scholarships for education majors preparing to teach the handicapped; minorities and women pursuing study toward a career in educational administration also are eligible for awards covering tuition and fees. Applicants must be state residents attending a college or university in the state.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission
1755 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015-5209
(800) 899-4722

The Illinois Minority Teachers Scholarship Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist minorities with strong GPA's in preparing for teaching careers at the elementary or secondary level. Students must have finished their first year of college and must agree to later teach in Illinois for a specified number of years. Must be enrolled in a college in the state. Apply by August 1.

Indiana State Student Assistance Commission
150 West Market Street, Fifth Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2806
(317) 232-0550

The commission offers $1,000 to $4,000 Minority Teacher and Special Education Services Scholarships for Indiana residents and attending an accredited college or university in the state. Recipients must teach in Indiana for 3 out of 5 years upon certification.

Jesse Aria Scholarship Fund
181 North E Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 384-9957

The scholarship provides funds for Hispanic students pursuing careers in law or public policy.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Law School and Communications Scholarship Programs
634 South Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 629-2512

MALDEF awards scholarships to Latino students entering law school and to students pursuing a graduate or professional degree in communications. Must demonstrate financial need, a commitment to serve the Latino community, and strong academic achievement. Applications must be received before June 30. No Faxes.

Missouri Department of Education
Teacher Education Scholarships
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-1668

Students with a strong academic record may apply for minority teaching scholarships of $3,000 per year, renewable for up to four years. High School graduates, college students, or individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are returning to an approved math or science teacher-education program are eligible. Applications must be postmarked by February 15.

University of Pennsylvania
Vice Provost for University Life
3611 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6222
(215) 898-6081

The Andrew Mellon Minority Undergraduate Scholarship Program is open to undergraduate students interested in pursuing college teaching careers in humanities or social sciences.

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-3360

This organization helps needy first-and second year law students who have demonstrated a commitment to service with awards ranging from $500 to $1,000. Apply by September 15.

Southwestern University, School of Law
675 South Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005-3992
(213) 738-6717

Several scholarships are available for Hispanic law students.

State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana
150 West Market Street, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-2350

Minority Teacher Scholarship addresses the critical shortage of minority teachers in Indiana. Maximum annual scholarship is $1,000. However, if applicant demonstrates financial need he/she may be eligible to receive up to $4,000 annually. Must be seeking a teaching certification; or a Special Ed teaching certificate; or seeking an Occupational or Physical Therapy certification. Must be an Indiana resident, and attending or admitted to an eligible institution as a full time student.

TELACU Education Foundation
5400 East Olympic Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(213) 721-1655

The TELACU Education Foundation's Scholarship Program helps Latino college students in the Los Angeles area to attend Southern California colleges and universities. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 per year, and special awards of up to $10,000 are available to students in engineering, education and post-graduate law or public administration. Must be from certain areas/communities of Los Angeles, must attend one of the 17 participating colleges.

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