Coastal Law offers a variety of scholarships to assist incoming students with the cost of tuition. Scholarships range from $1,000 to the full cost of tuition. In 2014, over 90% of new students received a scholarship with a total of 4.3 million awarded. Students are only eligible for the Governor’s Merit Award or one of the scholarships below. Students will be awarded the higher of the two scholarships.

Coastal Law Scholarships

First Responders Scholarship, $20,000*

In recognition of the dedication of the men and women who sacrifice their safety on behalf of our communities, Florida Coastal School of Law offers a scholarship opportunity to all emergency responders, including federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, and paramedics. Any person who is an active or retired first responder (paid or volunteer), his or her spouse/domestic partner, parent (including step-parent), or child (including step-child) is eligible to apply.

Criteria for Scholarship

  • Applicant must be newly admitted to Coastal Law (i.e., not a current student)
  • Applicant must provide a brief “Personal Statement” demonstrating that the applicant:
    •  Possesses “First Responder” status (i.e., that the applicant or the applicant’s spouse/domestic partner, parent (including step-parent), or child (including step-child) is an active or retired first responder (paid or volunteer);
    •  Has demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and the achievement of personal and educational goals; and,
    •  Has achieved prior academic success, as evinced by undergraduate/graduate GPA, academic awards, LSAT scores, or other relevant data
DEADLINES - Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 1, 2017


Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship, $5,500*
In its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion in legal education and in the legal system, Florida Coastal School of Law offers diverse individuals a scholarship opportunity. This scholarship provides financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of Coastal Law’s student body and the legal profession. Diversity includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from marginalized and historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Criteria for Scholarship
·         Applicant must be newly admitted to Coastal Law (i.e., not a current student)
·         Applicant must provide a brief “Personal Statement” demonstrating that the applicant:
·         Will add diversity to legal education and the legal system;
·         Belongs to a group with a marginalized and historically disadvantaged background, or possesses skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession; and,
·         Has achieved prior academic success, as evidenced by undergraduate/graduate GPA, academic awards, LSAT scores, or other relevant data
DEADLINES - Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 1, 2017
 

Faith and Community Service Scholarship, $3,000*
Coastal Law offers a scholarship opportunity to students who demonstrate a commitment to faith-based studies and activities, to interfaith cooperation, and to community service. This scholarship recognizes the importance of faith in our communities, encourages dialogue between different faith communities, and appreciates those students who contribute substantially to public service.
Criteria for Scholarship
·         Applicant must be newly admitted to Coastal Law (i.e., not a current student)
·         Applicant must provide a brief “Personal Statement” demonstrating that the applicant:
·         Possesses a demonstrated commitment to faith or community service in one of the following two ways: Completion of a major/minor in an undergraduate or graduate program focusing on Theology, Religious Studies, or some other faith-related program; or,
·         At least two years of extensive participation in one or more of the following:
·         i.   a faith-based work or extracurricular religious activities;
·         ii.  a program that focuses on improving dialogue and understanding between faiths; or,
·         iii. a community service program or charitable organization; and,
·         iv. Has achieved prior academic success, as evidenced by undergraduate/graduate GPA, academic awards, LSAT scores, or other relevant data
DEADLINES - Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 1, 2017


Coastal Law Legacy Scholarship, $3,000*
The Coastal Law Legacy Scholarship continues the family tradition of pursuing a law degree at Florida Coastal School of Law. To qualify, a parent, guardian, step-parent, or grandparent must currently be attending, or have graduated from, Coastal Law.
Criteria for Scholarship
·         Applicant must be newly admitted to Coastal Law (i.e., not a current student)
·         Applicant must provide a brief “Personal Statement” demonstrating that the applicant:
·         Possesses “legacy” status (i.e., that a parent, guardian, step-parent, or grandparent is currently attending, or has graduated from, Coastal Law); and,
·         Has achieved prior academic success, as evidenced by undergraduate/graduate GPA, academic awards, LSAT scores, or other relevant data


Florida Coastal Alumni Admissions Referral Scholarship, $2,000. 

The Coastal Alumni Admissions Referral Scholarship is a one-time $2,000 scholarship awarded each semester to incoming full or part-time students who have been recommended by a Coastal Law alumnus. Students should request a recommendation at least two weeks before the deadline to allow the alumni giving you a recommendation enough time to write and submit a recommendation for you.  Click here to apply.
DEADLINES – Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 1, 2017
 

Faculty Referral Scholarship, $1,000.

The Florida Coastal Faculty Referral Scholarship is a $1,000 recurring scholarship (up to 3 years full-time and 4 years part-time) awarded to incoming students who have been recommended by a Coastal Law faculty member.
DEADLINES – Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 1, 2017


Martha Sonnenschein Memorial Scholarship, $5,000.

This scholarship is an annual $5,000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester). We encourage all eligible students to apply and for faculty and staff to likewise encourage those qualified to apply. To apply for the Martha Sonnenschein Memorial Scholarship or for more information click here.

Please note:
* Scholarships are for tuition only.
* Scholarship criteria will be sent to applicant.
* An email will be sent to all applicants once scholarship decisions have been made.
 

Private Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships offered by Coastal Law, many private organizations offer scholarships to new and returning law students. We encourage all students to research scholarship options to assist with defraying the cost of their legal education.

The following scholarships below are unaffiliated with Coastal Law. Please contact the scholarship provider for questions and to apply. If any scholarship offer requests that you send money to them, it is not reputable. A variety of private scholarships can be located via the internet. Two trusted scholarship searches are: www.fastweb.com and http://www.scholarships.com/.

The Reeves Law Group- Offered to future law students in their senior undergrad year, and students currently in law school. The scholarship awards $2,500 to the student that delivers a winning presentation or authors a winning essay in the Reeves Law Group annual scholarship contest. Students must apply by December 15th, 2015.

American Bar Association - The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

Federal Circuit Bar Association - The Scholarship Series for students showing a demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Chapter Endowed Scholarship Fund, $1,000. Awarded to outstanding students engaged in the study of Family Law, this is a $1,000 annual scholarship.

Dan Bradley Scholarship. Funded by the Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation, this is a $2,500 annual scholarship awarded on the basis of merit and financial need.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association - A variety of scholarships to support law students who demonstrate a commitment to serving as leaders in the Asian Pacific American community.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Offers up to three awards of $5,000 each year for law students with hearing loss.

Leonard C. Horn Award for Legal Studies - Available for women who have competed at a national, state, or local Miss America Pageant since 1993, regardless of whether or not a title was won

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - To support the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

One Lawyer Can Change the World $10,000 Scholarship - BARBRI Law Preview is proud to offer one hard-working law student a $10,000 scholarship towards their first year tuition. As part of the application process, each student must submit a 250-word essay online no later than April 15, 2017, in response to: How you hope to use your law degree to change our world and how would $10,000 towards your 1L tuition change your world? The $10,000 scholarship recipient will be chosen by the Chair of ABA’s Young Lawyers Division, and the award will be paid directly to his or her law school. Notification will take place on or before June 10, 2017.

2017 Peck Law Firm Scholarship - Available for American citizens who have graduated from high school, earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 and will be attending college, graduate school or law school in the fall semester of 2017. Applications must be received no later than May 31, 2017.

 

We encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions concerning scholarships or financial aid at Florida Coastal School of Law. Appointments are not necessary.

Melissa Mack, Financial Aid Counselor

(904) 256-1235
mmack@fcsl.edu

Address:

Florida Coastal School of Law
Office of Financial Aid
8787 Baypine Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256


 

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