Scholarships and Awards
The following is a list of some of the scholarships and awards available to students at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. For a list of current recipients, click here.
AWARDS AND PRIZES
George O. Dix Award
The annual George O. Dix Award is made available through the generosity of the late George O. Dix of the Terre Haute Bar. The award is given to a graduating law student who has submitted the best thesis in the current academic year.
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Faculty Prize
This prize, funded by contributions from the law school's faculty, is given to a graduating student on the basis of scholarship, service, and demonstrated capacity for leadership.
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman Health Law Award
Hall Render Health
This award, presented annually to a graduating student who has excelled in health law, is provided by the law firm of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Judge Ralph Hamill Memorial Award
This award was established in 1973 with a gift from the estate of Judge Ralph Hamill. It is awarded to senior student members of the Ralph Hamill Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, who have evidenced those qualities of leadership and legal scholarship required of capable and competent lawyers including such qualities as honesty, integrity, common sense, and knowledge of law.
Indiana State Bar Association Health Law Section Distinguished Writing Award
ISBA Health Law Writing Award
This award, established in 2004, is sponsored by the Health Law Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. The award is given to a student member of the Indiana Health Law Review at the end of the student's first year of membership for demonstrated excellence in writing a note of publishable quality. Criteria considered include overall quality of writing, timeliness, uniqueness, thoroughness of research, analysis, and contribution to the field of health law. The student's name will also be placed on a plaque that hangs in the Indiana Health Law Review Office.
Krieg DeVault Excellence in Editing Award
Krieg Editing Award
This award, established in 2004, is funded by the law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP. The award is given to a student member of the Indiana Health Law Review at the end of the student's first year of membership for his or her demonstrated excellence in both technical and substantive editing. The student's name will also be placed on a plaque which hangs in the Indiana Health Law Review office.
Christopher M. Maine Advocacy Award
This award is given to the top advocate in the final round of the law school intramural moot court competition. The award is named in honor of the late Christopher M. Maine, '90, winner of the Martin-Haas Prize in the 1988 intramurals, and it is funded annually from the Christopher M. Maine Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which was established in 1991 by gifts from family and friends.
Mitzi H. Martin Moot Court Award
Martin Moot Court
This award is funded annually by a gift from Mitzi H. Martin, '85, a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. It is given to the top advocate in the preliminary rounds of the law school intramural moot court competition.
The Papke Prize
This prize was established in 2001 and is named in honor of Professor David R. Papke, former R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law and faculty advisor to the Indiana Law Review. The award is given annually to the student who has written the best note in the Indiana Law Review.
Larry W. Suciu Windfall Award
These awards are funded by Larry W. Suciu, '69, and awarded to students who are working either part- or full-time and "giving their all" to complete law school. The windfall is supposed to be spent on something fun and frivolous.
Barbara Abrams Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 by Jeffrey, '81, Jerome, and John Abrams in memory of Barbara "Bobbie" K. Abrams. The scholarship supports one annual graduate student with both exceptional academic performance and financial need.
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association Scholarship
The Board of Directors of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association funds scholarships for entering students whose academic and extracurricular records reveal a high potential for success in the profession.
Lloyd G. Balfour Scholarship
Funded by a bequest from Lloyd G. Balfour, this scholarship recognizes one student annually for academic achievement with a preference given to members of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
This scholarship was established in 1978 by a bequest from the estate of George Banta, Jr., and it is named in memory of David D. Banta, the first Dean of the law school.
Judge Betty Barteau Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Addison M. Beavers in 1997 to honor his longtime friend, the Hon. Betty Barteau, '65. Judge Barteau is a former judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals, Fifth District, and she has also served as a judicial advisor in Russia. The scholarship is awarded to deserving law students with a preference given to women.
Mollie E. Bennett Fellowship
Established in 1975 by the estate of Mollie E. Bennett, this fellowship is awarded annually to deserving students who demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
Charles C. Carey Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1987 by the late Mary T. Carey and friends to honor the memory of her husband, Charles C. Carey, '75, a trial attorney with Dow Chemical Company.
Annual CLE Scholarship
The law school sponsors an annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program. The proceeds of this program are used to award scholarships to deserving students.
Cohen & Malad Scholarship
Cohen & Malad
This scholarship was established by Cohen & Malad, LLP in 2006. The recipients will be in the top 50% of his/her class, demonstrate an interest in volunteerism, and demonstrate financial need.
Otto W. and Jessie A. Cox Memorial Scholarship
The Otto W. and Jessie A. Cox Memorial Scholarship was established in 1979 through a bequest to the law school from Jessie Adele Cox. It is awarded to deserving students.
John J. Dillon Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established in 1983 in recognition of a distinguished alumnus and former Attorney General for the State of Indiana, John J. Dillon, '52. The income from the endowment is awarded annually to selected students on the basis of academic promise, character, financial need, and previous military record, if any. Recipients are selected by the Dillon Scholarship Committee.
Velma Dobbins Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1994 in honor of Velma E. Dobbins, who retired after seventeen years of service as the law school recorder. Scholarships are awarded to students with a record of academic excellence and financial need.
James V. Donadio Scholarship
Established in 1988 through a substantial gift from the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller Donadio & Ryan to honor the memory of its senior partner, with continuing support through the years from many friends and colleagues of James V. Donadio, this scholarship provides substantial tuition reimbursement for a student exhibiting academic excellence and demonstrable financial need. Preference is given to full-time students who have completed no more than two semesters of law school and who intend to remain full-time during the remainder of law school.
Equal Justice Works Professor Florence Wagman Roisman Summer Scholarship
Equal Justice Works, a student-run organization dedicated to public service through law and justice, promotes this scholarship. It is given in honor of Professor Florence Wagman Roisman in recognition of her receiving the Outstanding Law Faculty Award from the national Equal Justice Works organization. A student awarded this scholarship must have a tentative job offer in an area of Public Interest Law.
J. Patrick and Eleanor L. Endsley Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2007 by the late Judge J. Patrick Endsley, '56, and his wife, the late Eleanor L. Endsley. It is awarded to a part-time working student who is a resident of Indiana based on financial need.
T. M. Englehart, Jr. Memorial Fellowship
This fellowship was established in 1980 in memory of Theodore M. Englehart, Jr., son of T. M. Englehart, Sr. and the late Nancy C. Englehart. Two fellowships are awarded annually based on academic record, evidence of exceptional talent, financial need, and high moral character.
Sidney D. Eskenazi Scholarship
Established in 1970 by a gift from Sidney D. Eskenazi, this scholarship is awarded to students who are residents of Indiana and have demonstrated a reasonable expectation of devoting their time and energy to making a contribution to the State of Indiana.
Faegre Baker Daniels Public Interest Law Fellowship
Faegre Baker Daniels
This fellowship is funded by Faegre Baker Daniels to support Faegre Baker Daniels Public Interest Fellows who will work with clinical faculty at the law school in the Civil Practice, Disability and Criminal Clinics and the Innocence Project.
G. Kent Frandsen Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the late Associate Dean G. Kent Frandsen, '65, and was made possible by contributions from friends, colleagues, family, and former recipients. The scholarship supports incoming students and is based on demonstrated leadership ability, undergraduate extracurricular activity and grade point average, financial need, and community involvement, with a preference for Indiana residents. The scholarship is renewable if academic performance is excellent and financial need continues.
Professor Dr. Leonidas N. Georgakopoulos Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2010 by Professor Nicholas L. Georgakopoulos in memory of his father, Professor Dr. Leonidas N. Georgakopoulos. It is awarded to incoming first-year law students and is renewable if the recipient maintains a minimum GPA.
James M. and Sara Z. Gutting Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2012 by James M., '85, and Sara Z. Gutting. It is awarded to incoming students enrolled in the part-time program and have financial need. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a minimum GPA.
William F. Harvey Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1997, funded by many gifts in honor of Dean Emeritus William F. Harvey. The scholarship is awarded to law students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need, with preference given to students who have demonstrated academic achievement in the areas of civil procedure or evidence.
This scholarship was established in 2004 by the estate of Dorothy Hendrickson Leggett, '49. It also honors Harry C. Hendrickson, Harry H. Hendrickson, and Richard E. Hendrickson, '82, and is awarded to worthy law students.
Cale J. Holder Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1984 in memory of Hon. Cale J. Holder, who graduated from the old Benjamin Harrison Law School in 1934 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana Law School in 1938. It is awarded annually to students based on dedication to the administration of law, financial need, desire to be a practicing trial lawyer, capacity for leadership, academic achievement, and military service record, if any. The recipients are selected by the Holder Scholarship Committee. more...
John and Barbara Holt Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2012 by the estate of Barbara L. Holt, wife of the late John M. Holt, '56. It is awarded to deserving students.
John E. Hurt and Mary Doswell Hurt Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2007 by the estate of John E. Hurt, '44. The scholarship is awarded to law students with preference given to those who are from Morgan County, Indiana.
IBA Taxation Section Scholarship
IBA Taxation Section
Established in 2005 by the Executive Council of the Taxation Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, this scholarship goes to a student who has excelled in one or more tax classes, with a preference given to students with an interest in pursuing a career in Indiana in tax or a tax-related field.
Indianapolis Bar Foundation Dillin-Noland-Steckler Scholarship
IBF Dillin Noland Steckler
This annual scholarship was established by the Indianapolis Bar Association and Bar Foundation in honor of the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin, the Honorable James E. Noland, and the Honorable William E. Steckler. The scholarship is awarded on a rotating basis so that each of the named scholarships will be awarded every third year. The scholarships are awarded to second- or third-year students. The Dillin Scholarship is awarded to second- or third-year law students based on academic excellence (as determined by GPA and class ranking), a demonstrated commitment to civil rights, and a demonstrated commitment to the legal profession. The Noland Scholarship is based on academic excellence, a demonstrated commitment to advancing understanding of the law, and orientation toward public service. The Steckler Scholarship is based on academic excellence, financial need, and orientation toward public service.
Indianapolis Bar Foundation Rosalie F. Felton Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and is named in memory of Rosalie F. Felton. It is awarded to a second- or third-year student who demonstrates dedication to the practice of law, an active involvement in community service, and academic excellence.
Indianapolis Bar Foundation Neil E. Shook Scholarship
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards this scholarship in memory of Neil E. Shook, '75, a past president of the Indianapolis Bar Association. It is awarded to a second-year law student based on academic proficiency, interest in creditors' rights and bankruptcy law, financial need, exceptional leadership skills, demonstrated commitment to excellence, and a proponent of civility in the legal profession.
Professor Jegen's Scholarship for Law Students
This scholarship was established by Professor Lawrence A. Jegen III in 2010. It is awarded to a first-year law student who demonstrates outstanding academic and personal achievements as well as financial need. Initially, the annual scholarship amount was $2,500. However, that amount has been increased to an amount of $3,500 due to a May 2011 pledge by Joshua B. Lee, '05. The scholarship is renewable for the second and third years of law school if the recipient achieves a grade point average of 3.6 for each prior semester.
Forrest E. Jump Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1980 by a generous gift from the estate of Frieda E. Jump in loving memory of her late husband, Hon. Forrest E. Jump, a respected and admired former judge of the Howard County Circuit Court in Kokomo, Indiana, and a 1908 graduate of the Indiana Law School. These significant scholarships are awarded to students based on high academic credentials, financial need, well-rounded interests and activities, professional qualities and attitudes, and high moral character. The Jump Scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year law student and are renewable if the students remain in good standing with the law school and meet certain GPA requirements. The Jump Scholarships may also be awarded to second- or third-year law students to recognize outstanding achievement.
Stephen W. Kellams Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors the late Stephen Kellams, a 1992 summa cum laude graduate of the law school, and a former attorney with Barnes and Thornburg in Indianapolis. Following his untimely death in 1996, family, friends, and colleagues generously established this scholarship fund in his memory. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement, with preference given to students who majored in music or mathematics as undergraduates or who have taught school.
Clara Lee Kittle Scholarship
James Louis Kittle, Jr., '69, and John Lee Kittle, Sr. established this scholarship in 1994 in memory of their mother, Clara Lee Kittle. The scholarship is awarded to full-time law students who participate in extracurricular activities and have potential to make a contribution to society.
Alan I. Klineman Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2007 by Alan I., '56, and Dorothy C. Klineman. It is awarded to an incoming student who is a resident of Indiana.
Jon D. Krahulik Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 by the law firm of Bingham McHale LLP in memory of Jon D. Krahulik, '69, a former managing partner at Bingham McHale for 19 years. It is awarded to a student who has a record of academic excellence.
Labor Management Relations Seminar Scholarship
The law school co-sponsors an annual labor law seminar with the Indianapolis Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board. Proceeds from the seminar fund scholarships that are awarded to second-year students who have enrolled in a labor or employment law course and have financial need, scholastic achievement, demonstrated interest in labor and employment law, ethnic diversity, and any other special circumstances warranting consideration.
Lefstein Legacy Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2003 to honor Norman Lefstein on his retirement of 14 years of outstanding service to the law school as Dean. A scholarship is awarded to a returning student who has demonstrated a commitment to public service, including especially a willingness to assist persons who are economically disadvantaged, and a scholarship is also awarded to an incoming minority student in an effort to promote diversity within the student body.
Eli Lilly Law Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students with strong academic performance and demonstrated leadership qualities in law school, undergraduate study, or in the community. It is funded by alumni of the law school who are, or have been, employed at Eli Lilly and Company.
Lloyd Littell Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, established by a generous gift from the estate of Marjorie W. Littell of West Lafayette, Indiana, was given in memory of her husband, Lloyd W. Littell, '42. Two scholarships are awarded each year.
Christopher M. Maine Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1992 with memorial contributions from family and friends of Christopher M. Maine, '90. Preference is given to Chinese students enrolled in the law school's J.D. program who exhibit academic achievement and financial need.
Joseph Maley Foundation Fellowship
In 2010, the Joseph Maley Foundation established the Joseph Maley Memorial Fund at the law school which supports this fellowship within the Disability Law Clinic, focusing on the clinic's role in serving disabled children.
Martha Snoddy Marshall Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2007 in memory of Martha Snoddy Marshall. It is awarded to students enrolled at the law school who have a record of academic achievement.
John E. Marynell Endowed Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established in 2009 by John E. Marynell, '67, after funding an annual scholarship since 1994. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year law student who has demonstrated financial need and the potential to succeed in the practice of law. It is renewable for the second- and third-years of law school if the recipient meets certain GPA requirements.
Annalee Webb Miller Scholarship
This scholarship is named in memory of Annalee Webb Miller, who with her husband, James Lawrence Miller, wanted to recognize law students who had excellent scholastic records and were also working their way through law school. The scholarship is awarded to a second-year law student who exhibits financial need and is working while in law school to pay the cost of legal education.
Professor Mary Harter Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created in 2010 in memory of Professor Mary Harter Mitchell for her unflagging support of the law school, students, and the underserved population. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year law student and is renewable if the student remains in good standing with the school and meets certain GPA requirements.
National Attorneys' Title Assurance Fund Award
This award is made possible by the National Attorneys' Title Assurance Fund. An award is made annually to a top student in property law class.
C. S. Ober Endowed Scholarship
Established by the Ober Foundation in memory of Ceril 'Cy' S. Ober, '44, this scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated financial need and the capability for achieving excellence in the practice of law.
Charles R. Oehrle Scholarship
Established in 1982, this award is named for Charles R. Oehrle, '68. It is awarded annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding performance in estate planning or insurance law courses.
Woodrow W. Pence Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in memory of Woodrow 'Woody' W. Pence. Mr. Pence served as Chief United States Probation Officer in the Southern District of Indiana. He later spent several years serving as the law school's Placement Director. His daughter, Linda L. Pence, '74, and son, Michael B. Pence, '79, both graduated from our law school. The scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need combined with academic achievement and evident leadership qualities.
Ronald W. Polston Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2002 by Yi Zhang, '96, in honor of Professor Emeritus Ronald W. Polston. It is awarded to one or more students enrolled in the J.D., LL.B., or LL.M. program with preference given to Chinese students.
Dan and Marilyn Quayle Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2011 by the Acair Foundation which was founded by Dan and Marilyn Quayle, both 1974 graduates of the law school. The scholarship is awarded to a first-year law student with preference given to a student enrolled in the evening division and through an essay, can portray an understanding of the importance of limited government and personal responsibility. The scholarship is renewable if the student remains in good standing with the school.
Joan M. Ruhtenberg Scholarship for Achievement in Life and Legal Writing
This scholarship was established in 1997 by Michael A. Mullett, '82, and his wife, Patricia N. March, in honor of Professor Joan Ruhtenberg, '80, the Director of Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication at the law school. The scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in legal writing, qualifies for financial need, and overcame obstacles in order to be admitted to the law school.
Judge John Ryan Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2007 in memory of Judge John M. Ryan by his friends and family. The scholarship supports students who are Indiana residents with superior aptitude for the study of law. Preference is given to those students who have overcome obstacles to achieve their admission to the law school, graduates of Indiana colleges and universities, employment experience in government agencies, and those who intend to live and work in Indiana after graduation.
Thomas M. Scanlon Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2002 by family and friends in memory of Thomas M. Scanlon, a 1935 graduate of the old Benjamin Harrison Law School. It is awarded to law students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need with a preference for those enrolled in the part-time evening program.
Shirley A. Shideler Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2003 by Gail Frye in memory of her mother, Shirley A. Shideler, '64. Ms. Shideler made history by becoming the first woman partner of a large Indiana law firm in 1971 and the first woman president of the Indiana Bar Foundation. Her contributions to the legal profession were numerous as she acted as an outstanding role model for female attorneys. Ms. Shideler was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year in 2001 by the law school, and in 1995, she received the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award from the Indianapolis Bar Association. She was truly a pioneer for women in the legal profession.
Ben F. Small Memorial Fellowship
This endowed fund was established in memory of Ben F. Small by his family and friends. He was a former dean of the law school and distinguished member of the faculty.
Benjamin F. Small Scholarship
The Benjamin F. Small Scholarship Fund was endowed in 2002 by a gift from the Evelyn H. Blanford Trust to honor the memory of Benjamin F. Small, a former dean of the law school. The scholarship supports law students with a preference for Indiana residents who demonstrate financial need.
Robert S. Smith Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established in 1995 through a bequest of Mrs. Dorothy Foster Smith Harrison to honor her late husband, Robert S. Smith, a 1927 graduate of the Benjamin Harrison Law School. Mrs. Harrison, who passed away in October 1994, established the scholarship to provide assistance to part-time evening law students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
Harold W. Starr Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1999 by the estate of Martha Johnson Starr in memory of her late husband, Harold W. Starr, to provide scholarship funds for deserving law students.
The Honorable Robert H. Staton "Best Brief" Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2007 by the late Hon. Robert H. Staton, '55. The scholarship is awarded to the law student who has completed two semesters of the Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication courses and has written the best brief among those prepared for class assignments.
Franklin D. and Susie H. Tally Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1990 by a generous bequest to Indiana University from the estate of Franklin D. Tally. It is awarded to students pursuing degrees in law, medicine, or the ministry.
USA Funds Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by United Student Aid Funds, Inc. at the direction of David B., '90, and Julia A., '90, Boodt. The recipients are selected based on need.
Robert F. Wagner Trial Advocacy-Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2012 by the law firm of Lewis Wagner LLP to honor the professional excellence, leadership, and community service of their partner, Robert F. Wagner, '67. The scholarship is awarded to students with experience in the law school's Trial Advoacy or Moot Court Competitions with special consideration given to those students of underrepresented populations such as financial need and diverse cultural experiences.
Women's Caucus Award
The Women's Caucus student organization at the law school provides an annual award to a student who has demonstrated a high potential for outstanding future contributions to the advancement of women in the legal community. Preference is given to current members of Women's Caucus.
Harold R. Woodard Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the late Harold R. Woodard, who was a member of the Indianapolis Bar and an adjunct professor at the law school for many years. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of character, scholastic attainment, capacity for law study, and financial need.
Drew Young Fellowship
This fellowship was established in 1987 by Eleanor M. Weaver in honor of Richard Andrew 'Drew' Young, '71. It is awarded to deserving, upper class students with demonstrable financial need and a preference is given to students who have family responsibilities.
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Tax Award
Bingham Greenebaum Doll
One annual award of $500, given to one student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the subject of taxation. This award is granted by the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Patrick J. Burns Excellence in Tax Award
This award was established by Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP in 2008 in memory of Patrick J. Burns, '78. Two annual awards of $2,500 each are given to two students who have excelled in at least two tax courses at the law school with a preference for those students who have shown an interest in practicing tax at an accounting firm. The recipients must be pursuing a law degree, an accounting degree, and/or an MBA from Indiana University.
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman State and Local Tax Award
Hall Render Tax
One annual award of $500, given to one student who has demonstrated exceptional ability in the area of state and local tax law. This award is granted by the law firm of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PSC of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indiana State Bar Association Taxation Section Award
ISBA Tax Award
One annual award of $500 and a certificate given each year to one outstanding tax law student. This award is granted by the Taxation Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Katz & Korin Estate and Business Tax Award
Katz & Korin Tax
One annual award of $500, given to one student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in both estate and business taxation law. This award is granted by the law firm of Katz & Korin, of Indianapolis Indiana.
Michael J. Sacopulos Tax Awards
Sacopulos Tax Award
Ten annual awards of $100 each, given to ten students who have demonstrated the ability to do quality legal tax work in one or more tax courses. These awards are granted by Michael J. Sacopulos, attorney at law, of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Curtis E. Shirley Tax Awards
Two annual awards of $500 each, given to two students who have demonstrated excellent ability in the area of federal and/or state tax procedure. These awards are granted by Curtis E. Shirley, attorney at law, of Indianapolis, Indiana and a member of the graduating class of 1991.