Franchise Law Diversity Scholarship Award

The IFA Educational Foundation and DLA Piper US LLP have teamed up to sponsor the Franchise Law Diversity Scholarship Award. The goal of this program is to recognize and support academic achievement among diverse law students. Additionally, the program seeks to encourage diverse law students to enroll in courses that are oriented towards franchising.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible for the scholarship award, students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants must have 2L or 3L status during the period of the scholarship, and they must be enrolled in at least one course oriented towards franchise law (e.g., Torts, Unfair Trade Practices, Trade Secrets, Antitrust, Trademarks, Contracts, Agency, Securities). Applicants must be considered a member of a diverse group (African American, American Indian, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Gay/Lesbian).

What Does the Award Offer

One award, in the amount of $4,000, will be presented annually. The award will be issued to the law school to reduce the amount of tuition. This scholarship may not be used by the selected student’s law school to reduce the amount of any institutional financial aid. In addition to the financial award, the selected student will be invited to various functions, such as the IFA Annual Convention or other meetings, sponsored by DLA Piper US LLP. This will give the student an opportunity to get involved with the franchise law community and meet several franchise lawyers.

How Do You Get Started

Students should complete the application form and submit it to the IFA Educational Foundation, along with a certified copy of their academic transcript, and a typed essay explaining their interest in franchise law. Students should also submit two letters of recommendation from professors, school advisors, or other individuals who can attest to the applicant’s interest in franchise law. Applicants must describe their current academic course(s) in the space provided on the application form.

Application Deadline

All scholarship applications and materials must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2011 to be considered for the Fall scholarship award.

Application Procedure

Send the application and supporting materials in a single packet to: Miriam L. Brewer, Director of Education & Diversity, IFA Educational Foundation, 1501 K Street, N.W., Suite 350, Washington, D.C. 20005.

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