Diversity Scholarship

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Thank you for your interest in the Peoria County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship program. A goal of the Peoria County Bar Association (the “PCBA”) is to diversify its membership by providing financial assistance to law students who show interest in practicing law in the Peoria area and part of a minority group that is historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The PCBA, through the Peoria County Bar Association Foundation, will award $5,000.00 in financial assistance annually to an applicant or divide the award among two or more applicants. The Diversity Committee of the PCBA will select the recipient or recipients. The decision of the committee is final. Demonstrated need for financial assistance will be considered.
The deadline for consideration for the 2017-2018 academic year is July 15, 2017.
Eligibility: The applicant must be one of the following for the 2017-18 academic year:
1) an entering first-year law student;
2) a second-year law student; or
3) a third-year law student.
The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
The applicant must have a four-year college degree or be expected to obtain a college degree by the end of the spring 2017 semester. The applicant must have been accepted to or have an application to law school pending.
Before the scholarship funds are distributed to the school of the applicant's choice, the recipient will be required to demonstrate admission to an accredited law school, or, if already a law student, successful completion of the first year of law school.
In addition to the submission of the application and personal statement, the PCBA Diversity Committee may request transcripts from undergraduate and post graduate schools attended through the date of the application and may also request a telephone interview.
If you have any questions about the application or the scholarship, please contact the Chair of the PCBA Diversity Committee, Donald R. Jackson at 309.637.1010 or jacksonlaw218@gmail.com.

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The mission of the Peoria County Bar Association Diversity Committee is to diversify the membership of the Peoria County Bar Association. Please indicate here any minority group(s) that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession in which you would consider yourself as a member.
You are required to attach a brief personal statement which should describe aspects that are relevant to your application, such as personal family background, community service activities or other connections to your racial, gender or ethnic minority community. You should also explain your ties to the Peoria area and/or why you hope to practice law in the Peoria area (Maximum 4,000 Characters).
 CollegeCity and StateDegreeDate Degree Awarded or ExpectedMajorGrade Point Average
Undergrad College/University
Undergrad College/University
Graduate or Law School
Graduate or Law School
 Activity or AwardYears or SemestersOffices Held or Description of Involved Participation
Please list any academic and non-academic honors and awards and extracurricular activities and interests that you would like our Committee to consider.
If you are an entering first year law student for the 2017-2018 academic year, please list the accredited law school you have been accepted to or have a pending application.
Explanation of Any Special Circumstances and Financial Information. Please attach an additional sheet to explain any requested information on this form. Please use the section headings for reference on each additional sheet. You may also explain any other information that would affect your financial situation.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge the information given on this application is complete and accurate. I understand that providing false, misleading or incomplete information will be the basis for denial or revocation of scholarship funds. I hereby agree to provide proof of the information that I have given on this application form. I understand that failure to provide such proof may result in denial of scholarship funds. I will promptly inform the Diversity Committee of the PCBA, in writing, if there is any change in any of the facts provided herein. I have read, fully understand, and agree

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