Privately Funded 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. View the most recent list of scholarship recipients in the Current Students section.

AWARDS AND PRIZES:

Christopher M. Maine Advocacy Award

Maine 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.

George O. Dix Award

Dix

Established in 1963, 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.

Judge Ralph Hamill Memorial Award

Hamill

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.

The Papke Prize

Papke

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Alan I. Klineman Scholarship

Klineman

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.

Banta Scholarship

Banta

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.

Barbara Abrams Scholarship

Abrams

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.

Ben F. Small Memorial Fellowship

Small 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

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.

C. S. Ober Endowed Scholarship

Ober

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.

Cale J. Holder Scholarship

Holder

This scholarship was established in 1984 in memory of Hon. Cale J. Holder, who graduated from the 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...

Charles C. Carey Memorial Scholarship

Carey

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.

Christopher M. Maine Memorial Scholarship

Maine 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.

Clara Lee Kittle Scholarship

Kittle

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.

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.

Dan and Marilyn Quayle Scholarship

Quayle

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.

Drew Young Fellowship

Young

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.

Eli Lilly Law Alumni Scholarship

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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.

Forrest E. Jump Memorial Scholarship

Jump

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.

Franklin D. and Susie H. Tally Scholarship

Tally

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.

G. Kent Frandsen Scholarship

Frandsen

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.

Harold R. Woodard Scholarship

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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.

Harold W. Starr Scholarship

Starr

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.

Hendrickson Scholarship

Hendrickson

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.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association Scholarship

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The Board of Directors of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association funds scholarships to assist deserving law students in the pursuit of their legal education, to enhance the schoolÂ’s ability to financially facilitate the education of its most promising students, and to foster loyalty of the law schoolÂ’s future alumni.

J. Patrick and Eleanor L. Endsley Scholarship

Endsley

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.

James M. and Sara Z. Gutting Scholarship

Gutting

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.

James V. Donadio Scholarship

Donadio

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.

Joan M. Ruhtenberg Scholarship for Achievement in Life and Legal Writing

Ruhtenberg

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.

John and Barbara Holt Scholarship

Holt

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

Hurt

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.

John E. Marynell Endowed Scholarship

Marynell Endowed

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.

John J. Dillon Memorial Scholarship

Dillon

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.

Jon D. Krahulik Memorial Scholarship

Krahulik

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.

Joseph Maley Foundation Fellowship

Maley

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.

Judge Betty Barteau Scholarship

Barteau

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.

Judge John Ryan Scholarship

Ryan

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.

Lefstein Legacy Scholarship

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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.

Lloyd G. Balfour Scholarship

Balfour

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.

Lloyd Littell Memorial Scholarship

Littell

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.

Martha Snoddy Marshall Memorial Scholarship

Marshall

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.

Mary Jane Vincent Frisby Memorial Scholarship

Frisby

This scholarship was established in 2013 by an estate gift of the late Mary Jane Vincent Frisby, '00, and memorial gifts from her friends and family. Ms. Vincent was a practicing attorney in the area of Intellectual Property law and an adjunct professor at the law school. It is awarded to students who exhibit financial need and demonstrate an interest in the area of Intellectual Property law.

Mollie E. Bennett Fellowship

Bennett

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.

Otto W. and Jessie A. Cox Memorial Scholarship

Cox

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.

Professor Dr. Leonidas N. Georgakopoulos Scholarship

Georgakopoulos

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.

Professor Jegen's Scholarship for Law Students

Jegen

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.

Professor Mary Harter Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

Mitchell

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.

Robert F. Wagner Trial Advocacy-Diversity Scholarship

Wagner

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 Advocacy or Moot Court Competitions with special consideration given to those students of underrepresented populations such as financial need and diverse cultural experiences.

Robert S. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Smith

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.

Ronald W. Polston Scholarship

Polston

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.

Shirley A. Shideler Scholarship

Shideler

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.

Sidney D. Eskenazi Scholarship

Eskenazi

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.

Stephen W. Kellams Memorial Scholarship

Kellams

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.

T. M. Englehart, Jr. Memorial Fellowship

Englehart

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.

The Honorable Robert H. Staton "Best Brief" Scholarship

Staton

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.

Thomas M. Scanlon Memorial Scholarship

Scanlon

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.

Tuchman Bobrick Scholarship

Tuchman Bobrick

This scholarship was established in 2013 by Steven L. Tuchman, '71, and Reed E. Bobrick, who are co-trustees of the Tuchman Bobrick Trust. It is awarded to law students at the school with a preference to support a self-identified gay male. Financial need and academic standing are also considered.

Velma Dobbins Scholarship

Dobbins

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.

William F. Harvey Endowed Scholarship

Harvey

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.

Woodrow W. Pence Memorial Scholarship

Pence

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.

TAX AWARDS:

Patrick J. Burns Excellence in Tax Award

Burns

This award was established by Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP in 2008 in memory of Patrick J. Burns, '78. Three annual awards of $2,500 each are given to three 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.