Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

External Scholarships


The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (IP Law Section) will award three $5,000 scholarships to eligible law students. Any student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in Texas during any part of the application submission period may apply. Students who have been accepted to law school but have not yet started classes at the time the application is filed are not eligible. Students who have graduated at the time the scholarship is awarded are eligible. Although students in their first year of study are welcome to apply, given the greater experience in intellectual property of those in their second and third years, student should be advised that often priority is given to those in their second and third years of study. Those that have previously applied but were not awarded the scholarship are highly encouraged to re-apply.
The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage law students who have not traditionally been represented in Intellectual Property practice to enter the Intellectual Property profession in Texas by providing financial assistance to help defray the expenses of a law-school education. Selection criteria for the scholarships include but are not limited to:

• Scholastic merit;
• Financial need;
• Membership in a socio-economic group traditionally under-represented in the practice of Intellectual Property law;
• Diverse background, including diverse, marginalized or underserved populations or geographic regions;
• Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession;
• Demonstrated experience and interest in the practice of law in Intellectual Property;
• Texas roots;
• First generation in a family to go to college or law school;
• Science and/or engineering undergraduate education or experience;
• Contributions to or participation in minority or diversity programs;
• Challenges faced due to a disability;
• Community service; and
• Extracurricular activities both inside and outside law school, including legal externships or internships in the field of Intellectual Property.

This application should be completed and returned by email to Juanita DeLoach at juanita.deloach@btlaw.com and
Marylauren Ilagan
at marylauren.ilagan@olaplex.com (entire applications only, i.e., applications including the recommendations, essays, and transcripts).
This application form is available online at www.texasbariplaw.org or from the student’s law school’s Financial Aid or Dean’s office. Applications must be emailed by no later than May 1, 2024. The scholarships will be awarded on or before June 1, 2024. The recipients will be recognized at the IP Section luncheon at the next Annual Meeting, to be held, in Dallas, Texas, on June 20th – 21st. Recipients must be able to provide the State Bar with an executed IRS W-9 form.

Download the application (pdf) fillable

When there are Nine - WTA9 Scholarship
When There Are Nine Scholarship Project is accepting applications April 1, 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year. The application deadline is May 1, 2024. Applications will be accepted online at https://wta9.federalbarcouncil.com/. We hope you will share this information with incoming and current students. 

Inspired by a commitment to honor the legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the When There Are Nine Scholarship Project (“WTA9 Scholarship”) was founded in 2020 in partnership with the Federal Bar Foundation by a group of women who served together as Assistant United States Attorneys in the Southern District of New York. The scholarship seeks to advance equity and diversity within the legal profession by expanding career opportunities for women attorneys and supporting those attorneys in their legal educations and careers.

The WTA9 Scholarship is administered by the Federal Bar Foundation, a New York 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that supports the activities of the Federal Bar Council (“Council”). The Council is an association of lawyers who practice in federal courts within the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to which Justice Ginsburg was assigned.

The 2024-2025 WTA9 Scholarship is open to all women, including students who consistently live and self- identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth. Additionally, applicants must:

  • Intend to enroll or currently be enrolled in an ABA-accredited J.D. program with a graduation date of 2025-2028;

· Have financial need;

· Have a strong record of academic achievement; and

· Demonstrate some ties to New York City, such as family ties, law school, or an intent to practice in or around New York City after graduation.

The Selection Committee values diversity and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and life experiences. Although not required, the Selection Committee encourages applicants with a demonstrated interest in public service, or who are otherwise committed to giving back to the community.

While applicants need not have been admitted to law school at the time of their application, finalists will be required to inform the Selection Committee as to the law school they have committed to attend. All Finalists will also be required to provide a letter from their law school’s financial aid office that details their financial aid package, and to interview with the Selection Committee.

Each WTA9 Scholarship Recipient (“Scholar”) will be granted $10,000 per academic year. In addition, Scholars will be assigned mentors who will provide support and guidance throughout the Scholar’s law school and early professional career. In collaboration with the Foundation, Scholars will be permitted to participate in Council meetings and events while in law school and will receive membership to the Council for the two years following their graduation.

Scholars must maintain regular communication with their mentors and actively participate in mentorship programming. In addition, within six months of graduation from law school, Scholars shall provide a written description of the impact of the WTA9 Scholarship on their legal career. Scholars also shall agree to be reasonably available for outreach and development work.

Scholars are required to use financial awards to pay for tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at law school, or for fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at the law schools attended by the Scholars.

Questions? Email wta9@federalbarcouncil.com; Jessica Ortiz, Esq., Chair, WTA9 Selection Committee


HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATION AUXILIARY CHARITABLE FUND, INC. AVAILABLE TO A 2L WHO WILL GRADUATE IN FALL 2024 OR SPRING 2025. Fill out the application online at: Charitable Fund Online Application (hba-aux.org)


Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that the following items are forwarded to the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary Charitable Fund, Inc. in order to qualify for the scholarship:

  1. Completed Application

  2. Official Law School Transcripts

  3. Letters of Recommendation

This scholarship is an exciting opportunity for aspiring legal professionals interested in intellectual property law, particularly those with a STEM background. The Patent Training Foundation, in collaboration with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, is offering a significant scholarship opportunity worth $5000.

This scholarship is designed to support individuals who demonstrate a strong passion for intellectual property law, with a special emphasis on candidates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). However, we encourage all eligible candidates to apply, regardless of their academic or professional background.

As a current 3L student at Southern University Law Center, I have seen firsthand the importance of fostering a diverse and talented community within the legal profession. This scholarship aims to support promising HBCU Law students, like me, who are committed to pursuing careers in intellectual property law.

The application process for the Patent Training Foundation & Thurgood Marshall Scholarship is now open, and I encourage you to spread the word to any eligible candidates who may benefit from this opportunity. Further details about eligibility criteria and application procedures can be found on our website https://tally.so/r/nrALxo

Requirements for this scholarship:

  • * Current grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • * Demonstrate leadership ability through a variety of measures
  • * U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-5511

Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:

1. Resume

2. A copy of the 2024-2025 FAFSA Confirmation form and a copy of your student Account

Requirement Page-Indicating all required documents from your institution’s financial aid department has been submitted.

3. Provide the transcript (official or unofficial) for your most recently completed academic term.

4. Please provide an email for two recommenders to complete a character reference form. They will be required to answer three questions regarding your character reference.

5. Essay: Please answer the following question (Maximum 500 words):

How will an award from Thurgood Marshall College Fund and PTFoundation help make a difference in meeting your goal of engaging in the full-time practice of Intellectual Property law?

State Bar of Texas

Law Students Pursuing Tax Law Scholarship Application

The Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas annually awards up to three $2,000 scholarships to students demonstrating academic excellence and commitment to the study and practice of tax law. Any student who is enrolled in an ABA accredited law school at the time the application is submitted, and who intends to practice tax law in Texas, is eligible to apply. Thus, persons who have been accepted to law school, but have not yet started classes at the time the application is filed, are ineligible to apply. However, persons who have recently graduated at the time the scholarship is awarded are eligible to apply.

The purpose of this scholarship is to facilitate and encourage students to enter the practice of tax law in Texas, and to become active members of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, by assisting these students with their financial needs. Selection criteria of the scholarships include: merit, scholarship performance, financial need, and demonstrated experience and interest in the field of tax law. Consideration is also given to extracurricular activities both inside and outside law school, including but not limited to legal externships or internships with state or federal taxing authorities such as the Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, or Texas-based legal aid societies and clinics.

A completed application must be returned by email to Alyson Outenreath at Alyson.Outenreath@ttu.edu.

All information, including supporting documentation such as letters of recommendation and transcripts, must be included in a single submission. Transcripts do not need to be in original or certified form. Please scan all of the documents and attach the scan to an email as a single document in PDF form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications must be time stamped by no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be announced in June.

Download the application (pdf)



2024 AT&T Legal Scholars Program

We are pleased to announce that AT&T’s Legal Department, Lawrence & Bundy LLC, and Kilpatrick are now accepting applications for the 2024 AT&T Legal Scholars program.  As you know, AT&T Legal Scholars is a two-day workshop intended to provide incoming 1Ls from backgrounds which are historically underrepresented in the legal profession with insight into the legal profession and the tools necessary to succeed in law school.  A more detailed overview of the program, which is scheduled to take place virtually July 18 – July 19, 2024, is attached. We greatly appreciate your help in promoting this wonderful opportunity in years past and hope that you will do the same again this year.  To that end, please forward the attached program overview and application to any students who you know that may be interested.  The program is targeted at students entering law school for the first time during the 2024-2025 school year, but we are willing to consider rising undergraduate seniors if space permits.  Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated history of academic success and an active commitment to the furtherance of diversity and inclusion. Interested students should submit a copy of their resume, the completed application, and a personal statement of no more than 500 words to attlegalscholars@ktslaw.com by June 14, 2024.  Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until the program is full. 

Thank you for helping our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Ashley Willis Email: AWillis@ktslaw.com

Download the application and overview of the program below:

2024 ATT Legal Scholars Application - pdf

2024 ATT Legal Scholars Overview - pdf


The Tyron Garner Memorial ScholarshipThe National LGBTQ+ Bar is proud to introduce the Tyron Garner Memorial Scholarship Fund. This is a restricted fund created by the Black LGBTQ+ Legal Professionals' Caucus (a joint endeavor of the National LGBTQ+ Bar and the National Bar Association). Funds raised by April 1, 2024 will support one or more Black LGBTQ+ law student(s) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with a $2,500 one-time scholarship.

The Tyron Garner Memorial Scholarship* honors the legacy of Tyron Garner. Tyron was represented by Lambda Legal in the landmark 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case of Lawrence v. Texas, which effectively struck down the sodomy laws in all 13 states in which they still remained, thereby decriminalizing consensual adult same-sex sexual relationships and abolishing the legal stigma that was used to marginalize LGBTQ+ people in all areas of their lives. While Tyron was not an attorney, the impact of his life and bravery along with the impact of Lambda Legal's groundbreaking case have shaped access to the legal profession for LGBTQ+ people for the last 20 years, and improving all LGBTQ+ people's treatment within our nation's legal systems. The Bar is proud to honor Tyron as we emerge from the 20th anniversary celebration year of the Lawrence case.

The scholarship will be awarded to one or more Black LGBTQ+ law student(s) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with a $2,500 one-time scholarship. Winner(s) will be selected by a committee of Caucus member lawyers.

If you know any students who would qualify for this scholarship, please feel free to forward the application link below. For additional questions, please contact Nicole Fox at nicole@lgbtqbar.org


STATE BAR OF TEXAS Diversity in the Profession Committee
Bar Exam Prep Scholarship Application 2023-2024
Diversity in the Profession Committee History -The Diversity in the Profession Committee is one of twenty-seven committees of the State Bar of Texas. In 1989, then State Bar President Darrell Jordan of Dallas created the Committee, formerly known as the Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession Committee. Its purpose was to increase diversity in the profession, enhance opportunities for diverse individuals in the profession, and increase involvement by diverse attorneys in the bar. Just one year after its inception, the State Bar institutionalized the Committee as a standing committee, and its members successfully worked with the State Bar Board of Directors to initiate an ethnicity survey of bar membership, create a permanent staff position dedicated exclusively to minority affairs, and approve support for diversity in State Bar grievance committees. The Committee later adopted its current name, the Diversity in the Profession Committee, to reflect the changing demographics of the state of Texas. Not lost, though, was the Committee's continual focus on promoting and pursuing new prospects and opportunities for all diverse attorneys, including women.

Download the application (fillable pdf)

send to: Scholarship Committee, State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession


EarthRights International is seeking to sponsor the externally-funded fellowship applications of 2-3 rising 3Ls, LLMs, or recent law school graduates for positions starting September 2024.  EarthRights is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment.

Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or Justice Catalyst Fellowships: One 3L or recent J.D. graduate will be selected to apply – with EarthRights as a sponsor – for the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or Justice Catalyst Fellowship in order to support EarthRights’ new Climate Justice Project and help develop and implement legal strategies related to climate and environmental justice in the United States. Through this project, EarthRights is working with communities of color impacted by climate change or environmental harms to hold government, companies, and financial institutions accountable.

Law School Postgraduate Fellowships: In addition, EarthRights is seeking to sponsor 1-2 3Ls or LLMs for applications for their respective law schools’ funded postgraduate public interest fellowships. Candidates who have identified such opportunities are invited to submit a short application to EarthRights requesting that the organization serve as a host organization. If selected for such a fellowship, the Fellow will support EarthRights’ transnational human rights and environmental corporate accountability work, investigating the progress of this field and researching and implementing new strategies for accountability. EarthRights is also willing to accommodate project-specific fellowship opportunities where the Fellow is primarily tasked with undertaking a project with a defined scope if the proposed project aligns with EarthRights' goals.
Interested candidates should visit the EarthRights International careers page for more information about these opportunities and instructions to apply. 

EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and actively encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI people to apply.
For more information on our work at EarthRights International, visit www.earthrights.org.

The Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair is excited to promote Latham & Watkins, LLP's IP Litigation Summer Program, Pathways Program: 1L Diversity Scholarship, and Diversity Leadership Academy. Please share this with all law students that you think may be interested. The information below was prepared by Latham & Watkins:

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