FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for its Law School Scholarship and Internship Stipend Programs

The FCBA Foundation is now accepting applications for its two law school scholarship programs – The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship and its Internship Stipend Program.

1.  The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program

This scholarship is open to all students enrolled at an accredited law school in the United States who are entering their second or third years of study in the Fall of 2017 and have a demonstrated interest in communications law. Awards ranging from $2,500-$10,000, are payable to the law school to cover the student’s tuition and other education-related expenses in the 2017-2018 academic year, and will be determined by a number of factors, including financial need and merit.

2. 2017 Law School Summer Stipend Program 

This program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless).  Applications will be accepted online starting January 15th through March 24th, 2017.  No exceptions will be made for late filed applications.

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive and additional stipend for the summer:  the Max Paglin Award.  Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive history of the Communications Act.

The Foundation considers funding from other sources in making award decisions and generally will adjust its stipend awards so that a recipient’s total funding for the internship will not exceed $7,000.


Students must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, in good academic standing, and have a pending or accepted application for an unpaid internship with a federal, state or local government entity.  Students will be selected on the basis of:

  • Essays – 30 points
  • Resume and Recommendations – 25 points
  • Academic Merit (including relevant coursework, certificate programs, journals and clinics) – 25 points
  • Nature of Work – 10 points
  • Financial Need – 10 points

Applications for internship funding should be submitted online.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.

If you have any questions about the Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend program or application, please contact the FCBA offices at 202-293-4000 or by email.