HCBF Scholarship Application Criteria, Guidelines & Requirements
All scholarship candidates MUST submit a COMPLETE and ACCURATE application and must include ALL required supplemental materials in a submission that must be postmarked no later than April 24, 2020 to be considered. All applications that are untimely or that are not in conformance with the criteria listed below will not be considered. All awards are distributed at the discretion of the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee. All Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to an accredited ABA approved law school at the time of the interview in order to be eligible for a scholarship award. The Hudson County Bar Foundation reserves the right to request additional information from each scholarship Applicant.
All of the following documentation must be submitted in person or in a mailed submission postmarked by April 24, 2020. If you have any questions about this application or this process, please contact the Hudson County Bar Foundation at the telephone number listed at the top of this page.
- Scholarship Application: All relevant sections of the application must be completed by the Applicant. The responses to each portion of the application MUST be printed or typed. The application must be signed by the Applicant.
- Proof of Hudson County Residency: The Applicant MUST provide proof of Hudson County residency (i.e. driver’s license, tax bill, utility bill, etc.)
- Official Transcript(s): The Applicant MUST submit his or her latest law school or college official transcript with his or her scholarship application. If you are a first year law student, please send your undergraduate official transcript. You must also submit a transcript of your grades from your first semester in law school if these grades were released before the application deadline.
- Personal Statement: The Applicant MUST submit a typed, double spaced Personal Statement with his or her scholarship application. The personal statement shall not exceed two pages in length. Scholarship applications accompanied by a personal statement not in conformance with these guidelines will not be considered. The personal statement shall discuss the following:
- Why did you decide to attend Law School?
- Why did you choose the Law School that you are/will be attending?
- What do you see as the role of the lawyer in society?
- What effect will the granting of this Scholarship have on your Law School career?
- School & Community Activities
- Career Goals
- Do you intend to practice in Hudson County?
- Financial Aid Confirmation Letter: The Applicant MUST submit with his or her scholarship application a financial aid notice from their school indicating the financial aid amount awarded to the Applicant for the academic year OR a letter from the Applicant’s law school indicating that the Applicant is not eligible to receive financial aid.
- 1040 Tax Form: The Applicant MUST include a copy of his or her Federal 1040 tax form filed in the most recent fiscal year with his or her scholarship application. If the Applicant is married and the Applicant and his or her spouse file separate Federal 1040 tax forms, please provide a copy of Applicant’s spouse’s most recent Federal 1040 form. If the Applicant did not file a Federal or State income tax return in the most recent fiscal year, explain in writing why no tax return was filed.
- Letters of Recommendation: The Applicant MUST include two letters of recommendation with his or her scholarship application. The letters should address Applicant’s academic achievements, professional skills and any public interest/community service work performed by the Applicant. All letters should be signed, dated and included in sealed envelopes to the HCBF at the above address. Letters from family members will not be considered.
Please follow the instructions carefully. This Application and all required supporting documentation must be forwarded to the Hudson County Bar Foundation by hand or be sent by mail bearing a postmark of April 24, 2020 or earlier. All applications that are untimely or that are not in conformance with the criteria listed below will not be considered. All Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to an accredited ABA approved law school at the time of the interview in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship award. The Hudson County Bar Foundation reserves the right to request additional information from each scholarship Applicant.
Scholarships will be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis with regard to the race, creed, national origin, gender, sexual preference or sexual identity of any applicant.