2018 Alford Excellence Scholarship Award Application

2018 Alford Excellence Award:

On May 16, 2018, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section (“MJL Section”) of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. Judge Alford was appointed by Governor Mike Castle in 1992 and served on the bench until her untimely death in 2003 at the age of 54.

During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section intends to grant the 2018 Alford Excellence Award, a $3,000 scholarship, to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2018 Delaware Bar Examination.


Application materials include: (1) the 2018 Alford Excellence Award Application, (2) a personal essay (1000 word limit) and (3) at least one letter of recommendation.

Part I: 

2018 Alford Excellence Award Application: Each applicant must submit the Application to highlight their superior academic credentials, leadership qualities, commitment to community service and intent to actively practice law in the State of Delaware. Each applicant must complete all the requested information in the Application and include copies of a transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) and a resume. Applicants may also include copies of other relevant documents such as awards, recognition certificates, etc.

Part II:

Personal Essay: Each applicant must complete a persuasive essay, highlighting his/her demonstrated leadership abilities, commitment to community service, personal barriers which have been overcome and/or provides examples of academic achievements, awards and certificates, personal qualities and character. In addition, applicants MUST address why they desire to actively practice law in Delaware and/or their ties/commitment to the State of Delaware. As a reminder, this scholarship is intended to help supplement the costs of sitting for the DELAWARE BAR.

Part III:

Letter of Recommendation: Each applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation which highlights how the applicant meets any/all of the criteria mentioned above.

Part IV:

Each scholarship recipient will be required to submit proof of a submitted application to sit for the 2018 Delaware bar by May 15, 2018. Failure to do so will lead to forfeiture of the scholarship.  All application materials should be submitted via email by April 6, 2018 to: The Alford Excellence Award Selection Committee, Attn: Kwesi Atta-Krah, Esq., Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section.