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Scholarships

Presidential Law Scholarships

St. Mary’s University School of Law is dedicated to graduating exceptional legal professionals with a dedication to service and the common good. The School of Law offers up to five full-tuition Presidential Law Scholarships each fall to exceptional incoming students.

The Presidential Law Scholarship is open to applicants of outstanding academic achievement, commitment of service to others and potential for a life of community leadership. A Presidential Scholar can be planning to enter either public service or the private sector, with a demonstrated commitment to  community leadership and service to others.

“These scholarships underscore our Marianist mission and the ‘value-added’ component most law schools don’t have. We not only expect our students to graduate, we want them to pursue a lifetime of leadership and successful practice in service to mankind. Those are the type of students we wish to attract.”

-Dean Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D.

Each Presidential Law Scholar will receive an award to underwrite 100 percent of the tuition and fees to complete their Juris Doctor at St. Mary’s, as well as a stipend of $5,000 per year for the three-year Day Program and $4,000 per year for the four-year Evening Program.

The Scholars will be expected to be active in the law school community while a student and to complete their degree at the St. Mary’s University School of Law. They must maintain a cumulative letter grade in law school of a B or higher.

The process of selection for a Presidential Law Scholarship begins with either an inquiry to our Admissions Office or by submitting a completed application and curriculum vitae after an application for admission has been submitted.

Leadership Scholarship

The Leadership Scholarship, with similar criteria, provides $25,000 per year. Selection for both awards will be based on the candidate’s Presidential Law Scholarship application.

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2017. Later applications will be considered until the day of matriculation for the new class, but later applications may be subject to limitations imposed by prior awards.
Apply for Presidential Law or Leadership Scholarships

For more information, contact William Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions at wwilson@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3523.

Additional scholarships for incoming first-year students

Alumni and friends of the School of Law have established numerous scholarships to recognize the achievements of the School of Law community and to enable the men and women of the next generation of legal professionals to complete their studies, achieve their career goals and further the school’s mission of training ethical leaders.

While the awards for many scholarships are determined by the Office of Law School Recruitment and Admissions rather than through a scholarship application, incoming first-year law students may apply for up to three scholarships listed on this page with a check mark next to the column “Apply Now.”

Please use the information below to research the source and purpose of each scholarship in order to determine the best fit for your application. In addition to selecting up to three scholarships from the list below, incoming students may also apply for the Presidential Law Scholarship.

Most scholarships listed below are renewable. An application for admission must be completed prior to applying for scholarships.

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2017. Later applications will be considered until the day of matriculation for the new class, but later applications may be subject to limitations imposed by prior awards.
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Academic Achievement, Leadership and Service

Scholarships in this category recognize high-achieving students, who have excelled in their academic studies and exemplify the mission of leadership and service embraced by both the St. Mary’s University and the School of Law.

Academic Achievement, Leadership and Service Scholarships
Name of Fund Apply Now Need Based Criteria/Comments
School of Law Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship Fund X This scholarship was created by the St. Mary’s University School of Law Foundation to provide scholarship assistance to the students with the highest grade point average in their respective class, i.e., 1L, 2L and 3L. This scholarship considers the following factors: LSAT scores, prior grade point average, undergraduate curriculum, and leadership qualities in prior schooling and community. To retain the scholarship, student must be in the top 10 percent of the class and shall have participated in either Law Journal or the Board of Advocates program in the second year and shall continue such participation in the third year.
Joe E. Anderson Endowed Law Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established in 1994 by friends, colleagues and former students of Joe Anderson on the occasion of his retirement after 26 years as a full-time Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University. Awards are made to academically qualified and financially challenged students.
J.W. Austin Sr. & Ellen O. Austin Endowed Law Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established in 1993 by the estate of Tim O’Connell Austin, in honor of his parents, to provide financial assistance to needy and worthy students.
F.W. & Mary Baker Law Endowed Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established in 1985 by Frank W. Baker (’49) and his wife, Mary, to provide financial assistance to worthy and needy students.
Roy R. Barrera Jr. Law Endowed Scholarship  X X This scholarship was endowed by Roy R. Barrera Jr. (J.D. ’75) in honor of his wife, Sally, and his children, Roy R. Barrera III, Mark J. Barrera and Marissa B. Morales, for a deserving law student who exhibits financial need.
James Allen Bargfrede Endowed Law Scholarship This scholarship was established by the Estate of James Allen Bargfrede (J.D. ’57) to provide scholarship assistance for qualified law students exhibiting financial need.
William F. Bryan Endowed Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to law students, who have excelled in their academic studies.
Dr. Gonzalo and Olivia Caballero Memorial Law Scholarship Fund  X This scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to a deserving law student from the Rio Grande Valley, who is desirous of returning to the Valley and establishing a practice there.
Dean Charles E. Cantú Endowment  X X This scholarship was established by Dean Emeritus Charles E. Cantú (J.D. ’64) for a law student who demonstrates a dedication to St. Mary’s School of Law and who exhibits financial need.
Paul E. Casseb Scholarship for St. Mary’s School of Law  X This scholarship was funded by Paul E. Casseb (J.D. ’41) to provide assistance to law students of highest scholastic achievement. Recipients will be known as Casseb Scholars.
Cowan Law Endowed Scholarship Fund  X Funds are designated for needy and worthy students.
Cox & Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund X This fund was established in 1987 by St. Mary’s law graduates and the San Antonio law firm of Cox & Smith Inc. to provide financial assistance to students with superior academic standings. The School of Law encourages the recipient of this scholarship to pay back his or her scholarship in the future so other students can benefit.
Theodore F. Craver Law Endowed Scholarship  X This scholarship was funded by Theodore “Ted” Craver (J.D. ’57) to provide financial assistance for law students who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, high academic achievement and financial need.
Dickson-Allen Foundation Law Scholarship This scholarship was created by the Dickson-Allen Foundation, with the assistance of Board Member Curtis T. Vaughan III (J.D. ’79), to provide scholarship assistance to law students in good standing, who exhibit financial need.
Fulbright & Jaworksi Law Scholarship Fund  X X This fund was created by the partners and associates of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. to provide financial assistance to a law student who has achieved academic distinction and exhibits need.
Judge H.F. “Hippo” Garcia Endowed Scholarship Fund X X This scholarship was established in 2002 by the estate of U.S. District Judge H.F. “Hippo” Garcia (J.D. ’51), honored in 1980 as a Distinguished Law Graduate, who was deeply admired and respected by all who knew him. Support for this scholarship has been provided by the St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association and the San Antonio Bar Association.
Robert Hobbs Law Scholarship Fund  X X This scholarship was established in 1991 by Robert Hobbs, a former Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University, with the support of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association. Funds are awarded to needy and worthy students.
Justice John Cornyn Scholarship Fund  X X This scholarship was established in 1994 by friends and colleagues of John Cornyn, former Texas Supreme Court Justice, on the occasions of his receipt of the 1994 St. Mary’s Distinguished Law Graduate Award. Awards are made to needy and worthy students.
Class of 1990 Memorial Scholarship  X This scholarship was established by the members of the Class of 1990 in memory of two classmates, Jeffery P. Sonnenburg (’90) and Walter J. Verlander (’90), who died before completing their law studies. The scholarship provides funds for non-direct costs while attending law school.
The Maria Del Pilar Comella De Rodriguez Law Scholarship X This scholarship was endowed to provide financial assistance to any law student in good standing, who exhibits need.
Edward and Dorothy Penshorn Memorial Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was created by the Estate of Dorothy May Ehlinger Penshorn in recognition of the wishes of her deceased husband, Edward William Penshorn, to assist students in the University’s School of Law.
George & Claudine Pletcher Law Scholarship Endowment  X X This scholarship was established in 1988 by George and Claudine Pletcher, the parents of Anthony E. Pletcher (’75) and Timothy H. Pletcher (’82). Awards are made to needy and worthy students.
Harold D. Putman Sr. Law Memorial Fund  X This fund was designed to finance special projects concerning the dangers of alcohol and other drugs for those in the legal profession and those studying for the profession.
Courtney Scholarship Honoring Dean Ernest A. Raba Donors endowed this scholarship in honor of Ernest A. Raba, Dean of the School of Law from 1946 to 1978, to provide scholarship assistance for law students.
Ernest Raba Endowment Scholarship Fund  X X This scholarship was established in 1985 by G.P. Hardy III (’70), Mance Michael Park (’76) and G. Bert Smith (’50) in honor of Ernest Raba (’37), the longtime Dean and Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University. Funds are given to needy and worthy students.
Justice Blair Reeves Endowed Law Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established in 1994 by the San Antonio Bar Association in honor of Chief Justice Blair Reeves (’51) on the occasion of his retirement from then bench after more than 35 years of public service. Awards are made to needy and worthy students.
Rutherford Memorial Law Scholarship Endowment  X X This scholarship was established in 1985 by Sun Harvest Farms and friends in memory of Luther Rutherford (’62), a former Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University. Funds are available to needy and worthy students.
The Katherine Ryan Scholarship Trust  X This scholarship was endowed by the Katherine A. Ryan Scholarship Trust to provide financial assistance for deserving law students, who demonstrate financial need. To qualify for this scholarship, the student must be enrolled in the School of Law of St. Mary’s University and attend either a day program or evening program on a full-time basis.
The Fred A. Semaan Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established in 1982 in loving memory of Fred A. Semaan, who attended St. Mary’s in the late 1940s, by his wife, Barbara Ann. Awards are made to needy and worthy students.
Spielhagen Law Scholarship Endowment  X X This scholarship was established in 1977 by his wife, Inez, and son, Eric. R., in memory of Eric J. Spielhagen, who attended St. Mary’s School of Law. Funds are provided to needy and worthy students.
The Joseph Steele Memorial Endowment Law Scholarship X This scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit.
Eloise & Gerald Stockard Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was established in 1970 by Eloise and Gerald Stockard to provide financial assistance to needy and worthy students.
Phin W. Stubbs Jr. Family Scholarship (Law)  X X This scholarship was endowed by Phin W. Stubbs Jr. in support of the school’s mission and its long, successful history and to provide scholarship assistance for a law student in good standing, who exhibits need.
The Charlotte Walston Endowed Law Scholarship  X The Marguerite Sours Foundation established a scholarship in 2002 in memory of Mrs. Walston, beloved wife of William Walston Sr. (J.D. ’70) and mother of William Walston Jr. (J.D. ’84).
The William G. Walston Sr. Law Scholarship (Sours Foundation)  X The Marguerite Sours Foundation established a scholarship in honor of Assistant Dean Walston (J.D. ’70) to provide financial assistance to law students who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need.
John H. Wood Jr. Memorial Law Fellowship Trust Fund  X This fund was established in 1979 by Maxine H. Lee, in memory of Judge John H. Wood Jr. Awards are made to students who have outstanding academic records and who exemplify the high ideals and integrity of Judge Wood.
St. Mary’s Law Recruitment Video Scholarship X Incoming students and applicants may submit a video of 1 minute or less that they believe would entice future students to enroll in St. Mary’s School of Law.

Geography

In order to encourage students from specific regions to pursue their legal education, numerous donors have contributed funds to help them achieve their dreams.

Geographical Scholarships
Name of Fund Apply Now Need Based Criteria/Comments
Dr. Aldo H. & Mrs. Betty Alegria Family Scholarship Fund  X This scholarship was established by Dr. Aldo H. and Mrs. Betty Alegria to provide financial assistance to students from the Rio Grande Valley.
The Benavides Family Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was funded by the Guillermo F. Benavides Trust to provide financial assistance for students from South Texas, who exhibit need.
Dean Charles E. Cantu Scholarship Endowment (Lamar Bruni)  X This scholarship was established by the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust to provide scholarship support for tuition and related fees for incoming law students originating from Webb County and who have met stringent admissions qualifications as determined by the Admissions Office and the Admissions Committee at the School of Law.
George and Elizabeth Huth Coates Dean’s Scholarship Award  X This scholarship was endowed by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 to provide financial assistance to a deserving student from Hidalgo County.
Jesse Gamez Memorial Scholarship Fund  X This scholarship assists deserving students from Texas, who maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
Lamar Bruni Vergara Endowment X The Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust established a renewable full-tuition scholarship for deserving law students from Webb County.
Tony Pletcher Endowed Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was endowed by George S. Hawn in honor of Anthony “Tony” E. Pletcher (J.D. ’75) to provide scholarship assistance for a law student from Nueces County.
Rio Grande Valley Scholarship at St. Mary’s School of Law  X This scholarship was endowed by alumni and friends of the School of Law for deserving students from the Rio Grande Valley.
The Grady L. Roberts Jr. Endowed Law Scholarship This scholarship was created by Grady L. Roberts Jr. (J.D. ’69) to provide financial assistance to a law student in good standing from Frio County, Texas.
The Mike Rogers Law Scholarship X This scholarship was endowed by a friend of the School of Law, Mike Rogers of Edinburg, Texas, to provide scholarship assistance to law students from South Texas, who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence.
The Sierra Title Insurance Group Endowed Law Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established by the Sierra Title Insurance Group to benefit academically qualified students from the Rio Grande Valley, who exhibit financial need.
St. Louis Chapter of the Law Alumni Assoc. Scholarship Fund  X This scholarship was funded by St. Louis area law alumni to provide financial support for a student or students from St. Louis, Missouri, who are attending St. Mary’s School of Law.
The Yzaquirre & Chapa Rio Grande Valley Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was endowed by MJR Investments Ltd. with the assistance of Roberto J. Yzaguirre, (J.D. ’68) and José E. Chapa (J.D. ’68) to provide scholarship assistance to law students from the Rio Grande Valley, who are in good standing.

Family Heritage

St. Mary’s University School of Law has been recognized as among the nation’s most diverse law schools. Below you’ll find a list of scholarships for students of Hispanic, African American or other minority backgrounds.

Family Heritage Scholarships
Name of Fund Apply Now Need Based Criteria/Comments
African American Law Student Endowed Scholarship Fund  X X This scholarship fund was established to recruit and aid African-American law students, who are academically qualified but financially challenged.
Hattie Elam Briscoe Endowed Law Scholarship Fund  X This scholarship was established in 1993 by friends and colleagues of Hattie Elam Briscoe (’56), the first African-American woman to graduate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Awards are made to attract and retain African-American and other needy and worthy students.
Hispanic Initiative Scholarship Fund – J.A. “Tony” Canales  X X Tony Canales (’69) established this scholarship in 1993 as a part of the Hispanic Initiative Scholarship Project. Awards are made to attract and retain needy and worthy Mexican-American students.
Rex Easley Family Scholarship (School of Law)  X X This scholarship was funded by Rex L. Easley Jr. (J.D. ’80) and his family to provide assistance to deserving minority law students.
The Robert Garza Endowed Law Scholarship This scholarship was endowed by Robert Garza (J.D. ’81) to fund a Dean’s discretionary scholarship for a Hispanic law student in good standing who exhibits financial need.
Frank Herrera Hispanic Initiative Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established by Frank Herrera Jr. (J.D. ’67), who was honored with the Distinguished Law Graduate Award in 1988. It is awarded to worthy and needy Hispanic law students as selected by Financial Assistance Committee and Dean of the School of Law.
Hispanic Initiative Scholarship Program  X X This scholarship was established by J.A. “Tony” Canales (’69), Frank Herrera Jr. (’67) and Pat Maloney Sr. to assist minority students enrolled at St. Mary’s University School of Law. It provides scholarships to attract and maintain quality Hispanic law students, who otherwise would not be able to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law.
The Shelby and Becky Jordan Endowed Law Scholarship X Established by Shelby Jordan (J.D. ’73) and his wife, Becky, to assist a minority law student who has participated in Law Review and demonstrates financial need.
Harvey R. Levine Law Scholarship Fund  X X This scholarship was created to provide financial assistance for minority law students, who demonstrate a high propensity for academic success and financial need.
Pat Maloney – Professorship  X This scholarship was established in 1994 by Pat Maloney Sr. as part of the Hispanic Initiative Scholarship Project. Awards are made to attract and retain Hispanic students.
Karen Ellert Pena Minority Law School Student Endowment  X X This scholarship was endowed by Henry G. and Marian H. Ellert in honor of their daughter, Karen Ellert Pena (J.D. ’02), to provide financial assistance to minority students, who are committed to earning a law degree from St. Mary’s.

Scholarships for Women

The scholarships below are designed to support women in pursuit of their law degrees and, ultimately, to increase the number of women in the legal profession.

Scholarships for Women
Name of Fund Apply Now Need Based Criteria/Comments
Sara E. Dysart Law Scholarship Endowment  X X This scholarship was created to assist deserving female law students, who exhibit financial need.
Ford Scholarship for Single Parent Law Students (Endowed) X X This scholarship was established to benefit law students who are single parents and who exhibit financial need.
Judge Carol Haberman Knight-Sheen Memorial Scholarship  X This scholarship was created by the family and friends of the Hon. Carol Haberman Knight-Sheen (J.D. ’56) to provide financial assistance for a single, self-supporting woman attending Law School.
Norma Fink Huffaker Endowed Scholarship for Female Law Students  X X This scholarship was created by the Estate of Norma Fink Huffaker to provide assistance to women law students, who excel in the area of advocacy.
David Mills Latham Endowment Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established in 1992 by B. Mills and Beverly Latham in loving memory of their son, David, who died in his third year at St. Mary’s. Awards are made to needy and worthy students, who were raised by a single parent employed in the legal community. A law student, who is a single parent and was employed in the legal sector prior to entering law school, is also eligible.
The Karen Lee and David Zachry Law Scholarship Fund This endowed scholarship is for an incoming female law student, who exhibits high academic promise. It is renewable for two more years providing the student remains in top 25 percent of her class.

Special Achievement or Qualification

The following scholarships recognize a wide range of student life experiences and goals. Read on to identify scholarships applicable to your unique background or professional direction.

Special Achievement or Qualification Scholarships
Name of Fund Apply Now Need Based Criteria/Comments
Joe and Elizabeth Casseb Law Scholarship X This scholarship was created by his son, Joseph Casseb (J.D. ’77) and his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, to provide scholarship assistance for a law student with demonstrated financial need.
Eagle Scout Law Scholarship X This award was established by an anonymous alumnus of the School of Law to provide financial assistance to law students who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts.
Ford Scholarship for Single Parent Law Students (Endowed) X X This scholarship was established to benefit law students who are single parents and who exhibit financial need.
The Steve and Tammy Hastings Endowed Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was established by Steve Hastings and his wife, Tammy, to provide scholarship assistance to a deserving law student, who is a registered democrat and exhibits financial need.
Ketterman Rowland & Westlund Law Scholarship X This scholarship is awarded to law students in good standing with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to applicants who were student athletes in high school or the undergraduate level.
David Mills Latham Endowment Scholarship  X X This scholarship was established in 1992 by B. Mills and Beverly Latham in loving memory of their son, David, who died in his third year at St. Mary’s. Awards are made to needy and worthy students who were raised by a single parent employed in the legal community. A law student who is a single parent and was employed in the legal sector prior to entering law school is also eligible.
Congressman Michael T. McCaul Scholarship for Public Service  X This scholarship was endowed by the Mays Family Foundation in honor of Michael T. McCaul (J.D. ’87) to provide financial assistance to a law student, who has demonstrated an interest in public service.
Judge Andy Mireles Memorial Law Scholarship This scholarship was endowed by his wife, Margaret Mireles, and the Andy Mireles Charitable Foundation in memory of the Hon. Andy Mireles (J.D. ’75) to provide scholarship assistance to a law student, who has demonstrated an interest in community involvement and exhibits financial need.
Murphy Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance for a law student in good standing, who has been out of college for at least two years before entering law school and who shows good promise.
The Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel LLP Law Scholarship Endowment This scholarship was established by Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel LLP with the assistance of Kenneth S. Saks (J.D. ’89, LL.M. ’03) to provide scholarship assistance for law students, who pursue dual J.D./MBA degrees, or are accepted into the Nelson Wolff Early Admission program or the graduate LL.M. program.
Harold D. Putman Sr. Law Memorial Fund  X This fund was designed to finance special projects concerning the dangers of alcohol and other drugs for those in the legal profession and those studying for the profession.
The Nancy and Lambeth Townsend Endowed Law Scholarship X This scholarship is for a law student in good standing with demonstrated need. First preference will be given to a single-parent law student. If an eligible application is not received from a single-parent law student, the award will go to a law student in good academic standing.
The John M. Vaught Endowed Law Scholarship X This scholarship was established by John M. Vaught (J.D. ’78) to provide scholarship assistance for a serious law student, who has excelled in their studies of the law, exhibits need and who is or has been associated with a branch of the armed forces of the United States.
Health Law Scholarship Endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Gene A. Voss  X This scholarship was endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Gene Voss to provide financial assistance to a law student who has excelled in the area of health law.
Woodley Law Endowed Scholarships  X This scholarship was established to assist a law student interested in pursuing a career in criminal law.
The Brad and Cindy Weiwel Law Scholarship  X This scholarship was established by Brad Wiewel (J.D. ’78) and his wife, Cindy, to provide scholarship assistance for a male law student from the Midwest, who attended a Catholic High School and graduated with honors.
St. Mary’s Law Recruitment Video Scholarship X Current students may submit a video of 1 minute or less that they believe would entice future students to enroll in St. Mary’s School of Law.

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