Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship

Scholarship Description

The Sidney B. Williams Scholarship is open to students entering or attending Law School for the Fall. Selected scholars will receive a merit scholarship of $10,000 per school year, which can be applied to verifiable costs associated with normal tuition and usual fees. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to apply for the award:


All students applying to this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship:
A demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law
Academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate and law school levels (if applicable)
Financial Need
General factors such as leadership skills, community activities or special accomplishments


The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following:
Completed scholarship application form
15-16 FAFSA form (or similar form) and any supporting documentation required thereby. The FAFSA is available in paper and electronic formats. You can get the paper version from the financial aid office at any college or university, the public library, or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. If you prefer, you can fill out a web-based version of the FAFSA at (step-by-step instructions are provided on this site)
Undergraduate transcript and graduate and law transcripts (if applicable)
Two letters of recommendation from, but not limited to, former teachers, college administrators, community leaders or other similar persons concerning the academic ability, character, reputation or professional aptitude of the applicant
Membership in an underrepresented minority group
Currently enrolled in or have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school. The devotion of the law school to intellectual property curricula shall not be considered in awarding scholarships
Demonstrated intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law
US citizenship
A personal or telephonic interview
Note that any student who receives a scholarship is required to attend law school, day or evening, on a either a full-time or part-time enrollment basis, and to maintain a grade point average of “C” (2.00) or better
Also note that scholarship recipients are required to join and maintain membership in AIPLA
Applicants related to a trustee of AIPLEF, a council member of the ABA-IPL Section, Officer or member of the Board of Directors of the AIPLA, or a member of the AIPLEF Scholarship Committee are ineligible to receive a scholarship
Applicants resume

Year of Need: 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad, 3rd Year Grad, Beyond 3rd Year Grad,

Type: Merit Based

Num Awards: Multiple

Min Award: Varies

Max Award: 10,000

Deadline: 2018-03-13


Sponsoring Organization Thurgood Marshall College Fund
4801 Woodway, Suite 300 E
Houston, TX 77056

Contact Person: Deshuandra Walker Student Support Programs Manager

Phone: 713-955-1073

Fax: 202-448-1017