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The National Black Law Students Association, Inc. Scholarship Guide 2012-2013

“Enhancing the Dream”


Table of Contents Greeting from Director of Education & Career Development

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Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship

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Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship

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NBLSA Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship 6 Nelson Mandela Scholarship

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Greetings NBLSA Family, It is a pleasure to serve as your 2012-2013 National Director of Education and Career Development. The Education Committee has been working diligently on the scholarship process for this academic year. There are three scholarship opportunities available for NBLSA members: 1) Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship, 2) Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship, and 3) NBLSA Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship. NBLSA Pre-Law Members are eligible to apply for the Nelson Mandela Scholarship. In this guide, each scholarship is outlined with the requirements and documents that must be submitted to apply. Scholarship essays will be graded upon their content, organization and style. The applications will open on November 15, 2012 and must be submitted by the extended deadline of January 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All scholarship recipients will be notified via email in late January 2013. In addition to receiving a financial award, recipients will be announced in the NBLSA Communications Blast and recognized on March 9, 2013 at our National Convention in Atlanta, GA. The National Black Law Students Association is comprised of many talented students who are committed to excellence in achievement. This is an excellent opportunity for you to be recognized and rewarded for your hard work and dedication to excellence. We are looking forward to receiving your scholarship applications! Go to www.nblsa.org/scholarships to apply. In NBLSA Love, Cassye M. Cole National Director of Education and Career Development educationcareer@nblsa.org

Cassye M. Cole Director of Education and Career Development National Black Law Students Association


Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline: January 12, 2013 Purpose The Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association is pleased to announce the annual Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Pulliam served as our National Chair for the 1998-1999 academic year. Mr. Pulliam was an inspiration to all who knew him as a husband, father, minister, attorney, and community activist. This award will recognize a NBLSA member who exemplifies Mr. Pulliam’s dedication to social action and community service and is intended to be used exclusively toward a bar preparation course. To be eligible for an award, entrants must be a third year or fourth year law student who plans to work in the public interest sector following graduation. Applicants must write an essay on the issue posed by the below essay question. Essay Question Reflecting on this year’s theme of “Enhancing the Dream,” please explain in 750 words or less, 1) what "Enhancing the Dream" means to you and 2) how your community involvement since enrolling in law school has contributed to this theme. Scholarship Information The winning essay will be chosen based on content, grammar, organization and style. The essay must be the product of the applicant. It must be 750 words or less, typed, and double-spaced. Criteria The following are components of the scholarship application and should be submitted through the electronic application found HERE:  General information form  One copy of your essay  Resume  A letter from your BLSA Chapter President or Treasurer certifying that you are a dues paying member for the 2012-2013 school year Selection Process Members of the NBLSA Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients. Applications must be submitted online by January 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All application materials must be submitted as a PDF document, saved as Your Name_Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship. NOTE: If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you must submit each application separately. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email in late January. In addition to receiving a financial award, each recipient will be recognized in the NBLSA Communications Blast and during the National Convention in Atlanta, GA on March 9, 2013. Attendance at the convention is not a requirement to enter the scholarship contest. Questions regarding this scholarship should be sent to the Director of Education and Career Development, Cassye Cole at educationcareer@nblsa.org.


Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline: January 12, 2013 Purpose The Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association is pleased to announce the Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is named after the late Sandy Brown, a past NBLSA Western Regional Director and will be given in her honor. To be eligible for this award, applicants must currently be in their first or second year of law school. Applicants must write an essay on the issue posed by the essay question below. Essay Question African-Americans, especially African-American males, are disproportionately incarcerated. Many scholars have described the current school-to-prison pipeline as a "New Jim Crow." Explain the correlation between the school-to-prison pipeline and Jim Crow legislation. Discuss the long-term implications this "New Jim Crow" could have on our youth, and propose solutions that NBLSA can implement to make a difference. Scholarship Information The winning essay will be chosen based on content, grammar, organization and style. The essay must be the product of the applicant. It must be 1,000 words or less, typed, and double-spaced. Criteria The following are components of the scholarship application and should be submitted through the electronic application found HERE:  General information form  One copy of your essay  Resume  A letter from your BLSA Chapter President or Treasurer certifying that you are a dues paying member for the 2012-2013 school year Selection Process Members of the NBLSA Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients. Applications must be submitted online by January 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All application materials must be submitted as a PDF document, saved as Your Name_Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship. NOTE: If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you must submit each application separately. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email. In addition to receiving a financial award, each recipient will be recognized in the NBLSA Communications Blast and during the National Convention in Atlanta, GA on March 9, 2013. Attendance at the convention is not a requirement to enter the scholarship contest. Questions regarding this scholarship should be sent to the Director of Education and Career Development, Cassye Cole at educationcareer@nblsa.org


NBLSA Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship Application Deadline: January 12, 2013 Purpose The Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association is pleased to announce the annual Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship. The purpose of this award is to recognize the NBLSA member who has excelled academically, in addition to being active in their BLSA chapter and community. To be eligible for an award, applicants must be first, second, or third year law students. Applicants must write an essay on the issue posed by the below essay question. Essay Question Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, othercentered men can build up." Explain what this quote means to you. Propose a project that NBLSA can implement that is "other-centered." Scholarship Information The winning essay will be chosen based on content, grammar, organization and style. The essay must be the product of the applicant. It must be 1000 words or less, typed, and double-spaced. Criteria The following are components of the scholarship application and should be submitted through the electronic application found HERE:  General information form  One copy of your essay  One copy of your most recent transcript  Resume  A letter from your BLSA Chapter President or Treasurer certifying that you are a dues paying member for the 2012-2013 school year  A letter from a BLSA Chapter Officer or a NBLSA Regional or National Board Member discussing your contributions to NBLSA Selection Process Members of the NBLSA Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients. Applications must be submitted online by January 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All application materials must be submitted as a PDF document, saved as Your Name_ Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship. NOTE: If you are applying for more than one scholarship, you must submit each application separately. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email. In addition to receiving a financial award, each recipient will be recognized in the NBLSA Communications Blast and during the National Convention in Atlanta, GA on March 9, 2013. Attendance at the convention is not a requirement to enter the scholarship contest. Questions regarding this scholarship should be sent to the Director of Education and Career Development, Cassye Cole at educationcareer@nblsa.org


Nelson Mandela Scholarship Application Deadline: January 12, 2013 Purpose The Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association is pleased to announce the annual Nelson Mandela Scholarship. Nelson Mandela has dedicated his life to fighting against injustice and the scourge of apartheid. This award will recognize a Pre-Law Division member who exemplifies Mr. Mandela’s dedication to justice and equality. To be eligible for an award, entrants must be a member of the Pre-Law Division and be of African descent. Applicants must write an essay on the issue posed by the below essay question. Essay Question Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” What is education a weapon against? Identify ways in which the “weapon” of education is unavailable to many minorities in America. Propose solutions that NBLSA can implement to get this weapon back in the hands of our youth. Scholarship Information The winning essay will be chosen based on content, grammar, organization and style. The essay must be the product of the applicant. Criteria The following are components of the scholarship application and should be submitted through the electronic application found HERE:  General information form  One copy of your essay  Resume Selection Process Members of the NBLSA Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients. Applications must be submitted online by January 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. NOTE: Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email. In addition to receiving a financial award, the Nelson Mandela Scholarship recipients will travel to Atlanta, GA on March 9, 2013 to accept their awards and will receive two nights of complimentary hotel accommodations during the NBLSA Annual Convention. Questions regarding this scholarship should be sent to the Director of Education and Career Development, Cassye Cole at educationcareer@nblsa.org


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