Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

External Scholarships


Joel Stern Scholarship

From March 2014 to February 2021, Joel Stern served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). Founded in 2001, NAMWOLF, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of over 195 minority and women owned law firms in 42 states. NAMWOLF’s mission is to promote diversity in the legal profession by fostering successful relationships among preeminent minority and women owned law firms and private/public entities.

In recognition of Joel’s passion and leadership in the effort to create and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession, the Joel Stern Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to students from diverse backgrounds who contribute to the diversity of their law school student body as they pursue their legal career.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Joel Stern Scholarship, you must fit the below criteria:

  • Current law student (1L, 2L, or 3L) enrolled and in good standing at a law school
  • Like Joel Stern, demonstrates extraordinary commitment and dedication to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through volunteer work, charity, mentorship, etc.
  • Candidate must come from a historically underrepresented background

Scholarship Amount: $3,000
Deadline date to submit is Friday, February 11, 2022

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The FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship

 The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel is committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our organization and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse members, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship to honor the spouse of one of our long time members, Edward J. Currie, Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.  


Will be open to application by all diverse law school students and prospective students. The selected recipients will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to the law school of their choice. The applications will go through a two-step review process. The first, review will be conducted by a subcommittee composed of FDCC members and spouses appointed by the President of the FDCC Foundation. The second and final review process will be composed by five members: the President of the FDCC Foundation, a Member of the Foundation Board, a Member of the Diversity Committee, a Member of the Admissions Committee, and a Member of the Membership Development & Retention Committee.


To apply, please submit the following materials no later than February 1, 2022 to rhillman@paramountlawgroup.com:

  • Personal statement describing how you will contribute to FDCC's core values of diversity and inclusion, describing your needs and any unique qualifications and providing information on any other matters you believe would assist the Review Committee in evaluating your application (1000-word limit)
  • Writing sample (7-page limit)
  • Three references including names and contact information of individuals who can attest to your professional and academic abilities

Click here for application  


 The Texas Future Indigent Defense Leaders Program

The Texas Future Indigent Defense Leaders program (FIDL) connects promising young lawyers with nationally renowned training and mentorship that will help guide them through their crucial early years and beyond.

FIDL is an innovative partnership between the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), Gideon’s Promise, the Harris County Public Defender’s Office (HCPDO), and the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC).

Previously, young Texas lawyers in the FIDL program traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Gideon’s Promise CORE 101 intensive training. Now, with the help of TCDLA, that training is coming home to Texas, taking the young lawyer bootcamp created by MacArthur Genius Award Winner Jon Rapping and tailoring it for Texas law and practice.

This year, 30 young lawyers will have the opportunity to be a part of history, as the inaugural Texas FIDL class. This three-year program begins with a two-week intensive bootcamp in San Antonio and returns for weekend trainings every six months for three years.

In addition to the CORE 101 training, FIDL fellows will also receive a scholarship to the Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law, the seminal criminal defense conference presented by TCDLA.

The 30 Fellows selected will be expected to participate for the full three years of the program and will receive a scholarship covering their room, board and travel.

Deadlines for applications is December 24th. Young lawyers with less than four years’ experience are invited to apply.

For questions, email fidl@tcdla.com

Apply now: 2021 FIDL 3.0 Application




Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete is proud to present the 2021 Diversity Scholars Award. A $5,000 scholarship will be granted to a deserving second-year law student to be used towards tuition, books and other education related expenses. Constangy has initiated this award program in order to recognize the achievements of law students who have demonstrated academic achievement; a commitment to diversity in their community, school or work environment; and personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals.

Please share this scholarship information with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP students.

To be considered for the scholarship, interested individuals must mail a completed application and their sealed law school transcripts to Kian Cheng by December 22, 2021.

Each applicant must

1. be in his/her second year of law school at an accredited institution;

2. have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 at the time of application; and,

3. submit the completed application, to include a description of the applicant’s current activities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity in law school or the legal profession and a brief description of how the applicant has overcome obstacles to reach his or her goals. 

Click here for the application.  https://files.constantcontact.com/192d7fc6001/834c455f-7247-436c-bd67-28ee3024686f.docx

Visit our award page for additional information Diversity Scholars Awards: Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

The Houston Intellectual Property Law Associationand the Hon. Nancy F. Atlas IP American Inn of Court award scholarships of up to $3000 to law students in Houston.

  • Awards (up to 3 per law school) are based on acombination of demonstrated interest in IP law, financial need, and academic merit.
  • 2Ls, 3Ls, and part-time students of equivalent standing are eligible to apply. 1Ls and LLMs are not eligible.
  • A complete application includes a cover sheet, transcript,financial aid award statement, and personal statement demonstrating interest in IP law.
  • Full requirements and instructions are on the scholarship webpage: www.hipla.org/scholarships
    Download the application (fillable pdf) Deadline December 5, 2021


Cameron County Bar Association Scholarship

The Cameron County Bar Association will award $2,500 in financial assistance annually to one scholarship recipient who is enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. The applicant’s financial need; personal, family, and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be

considered in selecting the recipients of the CCBA Scholarship. It is important for every applicant to complete all portions of the application. A committee of Cameron County Bar Association members will select the recipient. The decision of the committee is final.

The only requirement for this application is that applicants must have graduated from a Cameron County, Texas high school (Brownsville, Harlingen, South Padre Island area). The deadline for students to apply is November 24, 2021. Open to 1L to 3L students.

Click here for application

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowships

Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to approximately 25 recent law graduates from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise, and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and immigrants.

IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations. IJC matches selected Fellows with our partnering host organizations based on the applicant’s experience and interest, gaps in services within the community, location interests, and partnering host organizations’ needs. 

Justice Fellow Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants may be 3Ls, graduating law school by the Spring of 2022
  • Applicants may be 2020 or 2021 law school graduates
  • Applicants may have graduated prior to 2020, if they have been continuously enrolled in another fellowship or clerkship since graduation from law school.

The application portal will be open until 11:59 pm EST on October 31st.  Click on the link below for application

Justice Fellowship - Immigrant Justice Corps - Application Portal (smapply.io)

Funk & Associates Law Student Scholarship

The Funk & Associates Law Student Scholarship is open to all 2L and 3L law students at an accredited US law school. Submissions for the Fall 2021 scholarship are being accepted now through November 15th. To apply, simply submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing how you plan on helping others with your legal career.  Click on the link below for more information.

Law Student Scholarship Fall 2021 Submissions now being Accepted - Funk & Associates (funklaw.com)

Funk & Associates 
5500 N Interstate Hwy 35 
Austin, TX 78751 
Tel: (512) 472-3865 

Women Professionals in Government (WPG) is a 501c3 organization which offers networking opportunities, knowledge, skills, and informative luncheons to support and develop careers in public policy and government. 

WPG provides two $1500 scholarship opportunities, annually, to young women pursuing degrees in government and public policy. We welcome any student at Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law that meets the criteria to apply. Deadline is October 29, 2021.

Scholarship info: https://wpghouston.com/scholarships 

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