Institutional Scholarships, Fellowships and Work Study
ACADEMIC, SCHOLARSHIP, SUMMER FELLOWSHIP AND WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR UPPER-CLASS STUDENTS
Touro Law Center strives to foster a student-centered academic environment where students are afforded the opportunity to achieve their academic and professional goals through open access to faculty, administrators, alumni, local area judges and attorneys.
The Administration recognizes the burdens associated with the cost of legal education and although Touro Law is among the least expensive private law schools in the State, priority has been given over the last year to external fundraising for both scholarships and summer fellowships.
The following scholarship and grant opportunities are available to upper-class students for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Achievement scholarships are typically awarded to upper-level students based on class rank at the end of each academic year and vary based on full- or part-time division. In addition, some students who do not attain the retention standards for scholarships that were awarded upon admission may be offered reduced scholarship assistance if they are in the top half of their class at the end of the academic year. There is no application process for these scholarships. Achievement scholarships may be added to existing merit or incentive scholarships awarded upon admission. The amount of incentive awards vary based on class rank and division. Students will be able to apply one-half of the award in the fall semester and one-half of the award in the spring semester. Achievement awards are not applicable for intersession or summer session and no more than 50% of an annual award may be used in one semester.
Established in 2013, commuter scholarships are available to continuing students who travel to the Law Center at least 60 miles round-trip per day and more than two days per week. Awards are in the amount of $1,500 per academic year ($750 per semester). The scholarship is renewable for additional semesters. These scholarships are awarded competitively and applications are due in April 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year.
YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM:
Touro College and Touro Law Center participate in this grant program available to eligible veterans that permits a scholarship award up to 25% of tuition. This scholarship is in addition to any available GI and VA benefits the student may be qualified for from the federal government. Veteran students must contact the Financial Aid Office to confirm eligibility.
ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS – BY APPLICATION
Touro Law Center has added almost a dozen new endowed scholarships this past year. Students enrolled for the 2014-2015 academic year are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible, based on the criteria of each scholarship available. All scholarships will require an essay based on stated scholarship criteria. Applications are due in April 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year.
ARLINE BESUNDER SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was established in 2013 by Harvey Besunder, Esq. in memory of his wife Arline ’92. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising 2L woman student who shows an interest in health law and/or professional ethics.
CERTILMAN BALIN ADLER & HYMAN SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was established by Touro Law Center Board Chair Howard Stein and the partners of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman in 2013. The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a rising 2L who shows academic promise.
SUSAN M. DIETRICH CLYNE ’88 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:
This Scholarship was created by Susan’s family in her memory. Susan Dietrich Clyne ’88, perished on 9/11 in the World Trade Center tragedy. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising 3L part-time student with significant family responsibilities.
GERALD J. SCHER MOOT COURT SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was established in 2013 by Florence Hessen Scher ’85 in honor of her late husband. The Scholarship will be awarded to a rising 2L who is an incoming member of the Touro Law Center Moot Court Board. The determination of the award is to be based upon 50% need and 50% on a written essay regarding the candidate’s Moot Court aspirations.
GROSSMAN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was established in 2013 by alumnus Jack Grossman ’88. It is to be awarded annually to a rising 2L who is a well-rounded student and active in student life at Touro Law Center.
ILENE H. BARSHAY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE:
Stan and Ilene ’87 Barshay, together with their family, created this award to recognize a rising 2L student who has demonstrated both excellence in Legal Process and compelling circumstances outside of the classroom.
JOHN SANTUCCI JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was established in 2013 by Touro Law graduate Thomas Santucci ’83, along with family and friends in honor of his father, John Santucci, former District Attorney of Queens, and a longtime friend to Touro Law Center. The scholarship will be awarded to a rising 2L whose profile demonstrates a commitment to perseverance and personal integrity.
LEFKOWITZ FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was established in 2013 by Touro Law alumna Helen Lefkowitz ’88. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising 2L student who is dedicated to professional ethics.
MASCHLER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was established in 2013 by Touro Law graduate Matthew Maschler ’97. The scholarship will be awarded to a rising 2L student who is dedicated to the ideals of the profession and collegiality.
PATRICIA E. SALKIN SCHOLARSHIP:
This Scholarship was established by the family and friends of Dean Patricia Salkin on the occasion of her Academic Convocation and installation as the 4th Dean of Touro Law Center. The scholarship will be awarded to a rising 2L female student who shows commitment to women’s and/or diversity issues.
ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS – ADMINISTRATIVELY AWARDED
The following scholarships are administratively awarded to upper-class students based on the selection criteria set forth by the donors.
BESS AND SAMUEL ZEIGEN SCHOLARSHIP:
The late Marshall (Buddy) Zeigen established this scholarship in 1997 in honor of his parents. The scholarship is awarded to a rising 2L who demonstrates exceptional academic promise along with a proven commitment to community service.
FAY AND SAUL STARR SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship was created by the Fischtein family in honor of Sharon Fischtein’s parents. It is awarded annually to a rising 2L who is an academically gifted student.
SIDNEY R. AND WALTER SIBEN SCHOLARSHIP:
This scholarship is named for its benefactors, the founders of the Siben & Siben Law Firm in Bay Shore. The Scholarship was established to recognize students with significant potential.
MORRIS E. FISCHER LLC AWARD:
This prize was created by Morris Fischer ’95 for an Annual Prize to the individual student who earns the highest grade in the Jewish Law Class for that year.
FUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIP & ACADEMIC SUPPORT
THE THOMAS AND CYNTHIA ROSICKI DISABILITY FUND:
This fund was established in 2013 by Touro Law Center alumnus Thomas Rosicki ’97 and his wife Cynthia. The Fund is to be utilized as needed to meet reasonable accommodations for one or more students with a disability. At the discretion of the Law Center, interest income of the Fund can be utilized as a scholarship for a deserving student with a disability.
SUMMER FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Touro Law Center offers funding for summer fellowships on a competitive basis. The deadline for Summer 2014 applications is Monday, March 31, 2014. Unless otherwise specified, all Fellowships are awarded at $4,000 for the summer and acceptance of the Fellowship funds is contingent upon returning in the fall of 2014 to Touro Law Center.
THE FANNY AND SAMUEL GLICKSTEIN MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP:
Dean Emeritus Howard A. Glickstein established this fellowship in honor of his parents, Fannie and Samuel Glickstein. This fellowship is designed to encourage public interest employment by awarding a summer Public Interest Law Fellowship to a qualified student who demonstrates a clear passion for public interest work.
HONORABLE GEORGE C. PRATT JUDICIAL FELLOW:
This fellowship was created a number of years ago by the Honorable George C. Pratt, a retired member of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and a member of the Touro Law Center’s Board of Governors. The fellow receives a summer stipend while working for a member of the judiciary.
STEVEN SCHWARTZAPFEL FELLOWSHIP:
Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Partners, created this summer fellowship for a student to work in civil legal services on Long Island. The selected student works with people facing various problems including housing, discrimination, disability and/or family law issues.
EQUITY JUSTICE FELLOWSHIPS:
These summer Public Interest Law Fellowships were created by the Long Island Hispanic Bar with funding from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union. One fellowship is awarded to a Latino American student for a summer fellowship in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The second fellowship is awarded to a Latino American student who will work for a local law firm.
PROFESSOR BEVERLY MCQUEARY SMITH FELLOW:
This fellowship was created in 2013 by the Long Island Amistad Bar to honor Professor McQueary Smith on the occasion of her retirement.
TOURO LAW CENTER SUMMER PUBLIC INTEREST LAW FELLOWSHIP (PILF):
Based on funds raised at the Annual Public Interest Auction in March, Touro Law Center will award summer Public Interest Law Fellowships. It is anticipated that there may be as many as 13 PILF fellowships based on the success of the auction.
Touro Law Center has an application submitted to the David Berg Foundation for 12 additional summer Public Interest Law Fellowships. The Law Center has been fortunate to receive a two-year grant commitment from the Foundation for the past (3) grant cycles. We expect to hear from the David Berg Foundation in late February. These fellowships, when awarded, are highly competitive and are awarded to students highly motivated for a Public Interest summer position.
SUMMER FEDERAL WORK STUDY PROGRAM:
This program is available to all returning upper-class students who are eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study Program. Traditionally summer legal intern positions in the various District Attorneys’ offices, courts and government agencies, as well as not-for-profit agencies such as Legal Aid, ACLU, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, etc. are unpaid. The Federal Work Study summer program affords students the opportunity to take prestigious summer legal intern positions to gain necessary “real life” work experience, build their resumes, and network while moving forward to permanent job placement. This program also helps to off-set loan debt since students do not have to borrow additional funds to cover commuter and work-related expenses. The pay rate is $11 per hour for a 30-hour work week over a ten-week period starting June 2, 2014 the summer months. The maximum award is $3,300. Work study funds are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and a waiting list is maintained. An email announcement is sent with instructions for applying.
*In no event may scholarship awards exceed the cost of tuition for an academic year.