NCBA 2021 Scholarship Contest is Open!

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Scholarships

Scholarship 1:
  • This scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees (to include room and board), books, supplies or equipment connected with enrollment in a non-vocational, accredited two-year or four-year college or university in pursuit of a degree, or a vocational school pursuing paralegal studies. Scholarships sponsored by Stratus Payment Solutions.
  • The contest topic - Imagine you are hired as a consultant to a business in the financial services industry such as a creditors rights law firm, a bank, etc. You have been tasked with creating and implementing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program to help educate and encourage an open dialogue and a community that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion in the company. What corporate education or awareness programs would you recommend and why?
  • First place recipient wins $5,000
  • Second place recipient wins $2,500
Scholarship 2:
  • This scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees (to include room and board), books, supplies or equipment connected with enrollment in an accredited school of law in pursuit of a Juris Doctor degree. Scholarship sponsored by Stratus Payment Solutions.
  • The contest topic - No one goes to law school thinking, "I want to be a Creditors Rights Attorney." Why do you think that is and what do you think can be done to make the Creditors Rights Legal Industry more attractive to law school graduates?
  • Recipient wins $7,500

Eligibility 

  • Any high school senior admitted to a non-vocational, accredited two-year or four-year college or university;
  • or a student currently enrolled in such an institution in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree;
  • or enrolled in a vocational school with the intent to pursue paralegal studies;

who is employed by, or is a child of an attorney or staff member of any current NCBA Law Firm Member, or is the child of a current NCBA In-House Counsel Member, at the time of application is eligible. An attorney or staff member of the member firm must have attended at least one NCBA Conference in the past four years. Please note: Applicants who have previously won the top prize are excluded from participation. 

To ensure you qualify, please submit a scholarship eligibility form. Once we confirm you are eligible to apply, you will receive the link to submit your essay or video. 

Criteria

NCBA encourages applicants to be creative and thoughtful in their submissions. A panel of judges and the NCBA Awards & Scholarship Committee will evaluate the submissions based on originality, clarity and insight of the subject matter. Submissions may be either an essay or video; criteria for each are:

  • Essay requirements: The essay should be a maximum of three (3) pages, double spaced, with 11 or 12 point legible font. Do not include your name or firm association in the essay or file name. Please submit as a PDF in the scholarship submission form you will receive after eligibility is determined. 
  • Video requirements: The video should be a maximum of three (3) minutes. Do not include your name or firm association in the video or video title. It is recommended that you upload the video to YouTube, to ensure that your video will be received. You can submit the link in the scholarship submission form you will receive after eligibility is determined. 

Only one submission and application per person will be accepted. Applicants agree to allow NCBA to utilize all submissions without compensation. 

Deadline

Submissions must be completed and entered no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, August 13, 2021.