The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) has two scholarship opportunities for African-American undergraduates and legal scholars: the Herbert Lehman Education Fund and the Earl Warren Scholarship.
The Herbert Lehman Education Fund assists excellent undergraduate students who require financial assistance to continue their education. Applicants must demonstrate financial necessity as well as a dedication to public service.
The Earl Warren Scholarship is given to rising law students whose dedication to social justice demonstrates exceptional potential for training as civil rights and public interest lawyers.
Over the next two decades, the scholarship will cover the education and training of 50 aspiring civil rights attorneys, including paying law school, summer internships, and a two-year postgraduate fellowship at a racial justice legal firm in the South.
Earl Warren students are granted priority consideration for an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project, while also receiving financial help. The opportunity is offered on the LDF website. Please keep in mind that scholarships and internships are not assured.
This award is just for Americans. Citizens in their last year of a college or university program, or law students in their first year. Applicants must fulfill the basic prerequisites to pursue a graduate program in the United States. Some of the standards you must satisfy to be eligible for this award are listed below.
Eligibility: You are eligible for this award if you are:
- United States citizen
- A college graduate, a student in their last year of college/university, or a first-year law student
- You have a track record of outstanding academic achievement
- Exhibited a persistent commitment to racial justice and civil rights
- Financial necessity must be demonstrated
Scholarship Application Checklist – Your application must include the following items:
- A scholarship application form that has been completed
- A copy of the law school admission letter
- Two letter(s) of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae
- A copy of your current college/university transcript (finalists will be required to submit an official transcript)
- A well written and structured Essay
- Statement of purpose
- A copy of your LSAT or GRE score
- A copy of the Student Aid Report [FAFSA]. The FAFSA form's adjusted gross family income section must be filled out with a dollar number, or applicants must provide a tax return. (Either your parents' or your own income tax return)
- Lastly, you must send a current professional photograph. (As a general rule, your face should take up around 60% of the frame.)
About the Scholarship Providers NAACP
A group of activists from different races came together to create the NAACP in New York City in February 1909, partly in response to the Illinois race riot in Springfield in 1908.
It was started by white and black activists in New York City, in part as a reaction to the persistent violence against African Americans nationwide.
The NAACP's anti-lynching campaign was at the forefront of its agenda throughout its formative years. Due to its significant court victories during the 1950s and 1960s civil rights movement, the NAACP now has more than 2,200 chapters and over 500,000 members worldwide.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the NAACP was crucial to the civil rights movement. The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which prohibited segregation in public schools, was one of the group's major successes.
A 2020 poll by the American Bar Association found that more than half of law students had debts totaling $150,000. This led to the establishment of the award.
The LDF stated that those chosen for the school, which specializes in creating champions for southern Black communities, will pledge to practice civil rights law for at least eight years after graduating. Additionally, candidates may start law school as early as this year.
This program's funding is an effort to specifically address the racial and economic hurdles that frequently discourage students from pursuing their aspirations of becoming civil rights attorneys.
How to Apply:
Those who are interested in applying for the LDF Future Champion Scholarship must do so by completing an application that can be found on the organization's website.
The application process for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Scholarship is very simple. Just go to the organization's website and click on the “legal defense fund” link, then select “scholarship.”
This will take you to a page where you can fill out an online application form. You'll need to submit all your information, including background information about yourself (like where you went to school or what type of work experience), as well as any other relevant documents such as letters of recommendation or essay samples. Once this is done, it's time to wait!
Applicants will also need to provide a personal statement, a transcript from undergraduate studies, and LSAT scores if applicable. To be considered for the LDF law school award, you must:
- -Be a member of an underrepresented group in legal professions (African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Americans)
- -Be a first-generation college student who comes from a low-income family with an annual income under $20,000 per year.
You can submit an application for this scholarship using this link.
What happens after you win?
Once you’ve been awarded the scholarship, a representative from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund will contact you by email. They will then ask that you complete an application form and submit a written statement detailing your experience with racism in America.
If accepted into the program, they will provide additional information about how to apply for legal aid once they receive your application materials.
NAACPLDF also provides legal defense.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (NAACPLDF) provides free legal services to people who have been falsely accused of crimes, those who are victims of discrimination, and those who are abused or harassed by the police.
The fund offers scholarships to students who want to attend law school so they can become lawyers and defend people like yourself.
Questions and Answers
When is the deadline for applying for the Earl Warren Scholarship?
- Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 1
Is there a minimum LSAT or GPA required to be eligible for an Earl Warren Scholarship?
There is no minimal level GPA or test score required. Candidates are evaluated objectively and based on the sum of their accomplishments and contributions. A candidate's GPA, standardized test results, letters of recommendation, volunteer activities, personal essay, and financial need will all be taken into account throughout the application process. A scholarship award is not determined by a single component of an application.