Available APA Student Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarship application for 2021 are currently closed.  Please check back often for updates.  

APABA Public Interest Fellowship – Application Closed

The APABA Public Interest Fellowship is awarded annually to a law student who demonstrates leadership potential, maturity and responsibility, as well as a commitment to making a contribution to the Asian/Pacific Islander American community. The APABA Public Interest Fellow receives a $5,000 grant to spend at least 8 weeks of his or her summer working at a Los Angeles County nonprofit organization in a unit that serves the APIA community.

To learn more about the APABA Public Interest Fellowship, please see our profiles of past fellows.

To apply for the APABA Public Interest Fellowship, please download the Application Guide and submit your application electronically here.

The Fellowship Fund is maintained by the California Community Foundation (CCF) and is funded by contributions from our installation dinner sponsors and individual donors. Please note that CCF will receive the submitted applications and will administer the fellowship directly to the selected recipient.

The deadline for applications for the 2021 Fellowship is June 18, 2021. Recipients will be notified in July. 

For any questions, please contact arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com. 


Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association 2021 Scholarship/Fellowship Application

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021 at 5:00pm

The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) supports the next generation of leaders by awarding annual scholarships and fellowships to law students who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the Chinese American and/or broader Asian Pacific American (“APA”) community. SCCLA invites current law students (including LLM students) and law school graduates from the class of 2021 to apply.

SCCLA Scholarships are awarded based on

  • financial need, 
  • academic accomplishments, and/or 
  • active involvement and/or expected future contribution to the Chinese-American and/or APA community, particularly in the Greater Los Angeles area. 
Law students at all levels are encouraged to apply. There is no clerkship requirement for Scholarships. Scholarship recipients must attend SCCLA’s Virtual Scholarship Ceremony in order to receive their scholarships. The date and time of the ceremony will be shared once confirmed.

SCCLA Fellowships fund externships/clerkships for qualifying non-profit organizations with special consideration given for organizations serving or working on issues that impact the APA community. To apply for a fellowship award, the applicant must meet all requirements at the time of application, including completing a minimum of 150 hours/semester at a qualifying non-profit organizations. Fellowship recipients must attend the Scholarship Ceremony if selected as a recipient. 

In addition to the application, Fellowship applicants must submit:

  • resume, 
  • law school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and 
  • verification of completed fellowship hours completed by their supervisor.

Additional Requirements and Guidelines

  1. A qualifying non-profit organization must be a southern California 501(c)(3) organization that provides free legal services for low-income individuals and families. Special consideration will be given to those fellowship applicants that worked at a non-profit organization that serves the Asian American and Pacific Islander community or issues that impact this community.
  2. Fellows are expected to work 150 hours per semester (minimum of 15 hours per week for at least 10 weeks).
  3. Fellowship applicants must submit verification of hours worked from the non-profit organization using the attached certification form.
  4. Up to three separate fellowships will be awarded per year. A previous fellowship recipient can apply for a second fellowship, so long as all requirements are additionally met for the second fellowship.
  5. A student can apply for both a Scholarship and a Fellowship, as long as all requirements are met. Please indicate in the application that you are applying for both.
  6. Selected fellows may also use their Fellowship to receive academic credit so long as expressly permitted by their school.
  7. If the position at the non-profit organization is paid, such as through grants or stipends, please disclose the amount received in the application below.
  8. Potential candidates may be contacted if there are multiple eligible applicants. Once selected, a fellow may be further interviewed by the Fellowship donor for networking purposes.
  9. Attendance at the Virtual Scholarship Ceremony is mandatory for selected fellows.

To complete the application, click this link.

Questions? Email us at  scholarships@sccla.org.

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