Scholarships

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Academic Scholarships
Achievement Scholarships
Leadership Scholarships
Recruiting Scholarships
Need-Based Scholarships
Minority Scholarships
Geographic Scholarships
Outside Scholarships
Organization Scholarships
Student Awards

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded by the dean and the Scholarship and Awards Committee on the basis of criteria established by the donor. Presidential, University and Dean's Scholarships are awarded to outstanding entering freshmen. Recipients are selected by the Dean.

Claude Bankester Memorial Scholarship. Established by colleagues, former students and friends to honor the memory of this retired faculty member, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need.

Arthur Baron Scholarship. Established by Arthur Baron of Orlando, Fla., class of 1976, in honor of the late Donald E. Corley and is awarded on the basis of scholastic merit and need.
BellSouth Scholarship. Established by BellSouth to be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

J. Morris and Eula Mae Brown Scholarship. Established by Joseph M. (Buddy) Brown, Jr., of Mobile, class of 1977, in memory of his parents. It is awarded on the basis of scholastic merit.

James M. Burton Scholarship. Established by James M. Burton, class of 1974, through provisions in his will. The fund will provide scholarships over a 25-year period for students who have outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Jere White Fellowship. Established by Jere F. White Jr., a Cumberland School of Law 1980 graduate, this fellowship seeks to identify outstanding students with strong credentials, a history of leadership and commitment to service that has been demonstrated during and/or after graduation from college. Preference is given to applicants who have served in the military, Peace Corps, Teach for America, or other programs benefitting under-served communities.

Judge Stephen B. Coleman Scholarship. Established by friends of Judge Coleman, a longtime Alabama bankruptcy judge. The scholarship is awarded to a student interested in bankruptcy law.

Annette Dodd Memorial Scholarship. Established by colleagues, former students and friends to honor the memory of this retired faculty member, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need.

Calvin and Ina Driver Scholarship. Established by the Drivers under a trust in their wills, the scholarship benefits second- or third-year students from smaller communities who have a record of outstanding academic achievement.

Judge Joel F. Dubina Scholarship. Established by former law clerks and friends of Judge Joel F. Dubina '73, in his honor, this endowed scholarship will be awarded to a law student based on the merits of scholarship, character, and worthiness or need.

George and Bertha Echols Scholarship. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Echols through their wills, the scholarship assists second- or third-year students who have a record of outstanding academic achievement.

Judge John C. Godbold Scholarship in Law. Established by former law clerks and friends of Judge Godbold, Chief Judge of the Fifth and Eleventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeal (retired). The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and is renewable.

Commander James L. Hughes Scholarship. Initiated by Professor Sara Clark and supported by the widow and son of the late professor; awarded on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Walter C. Jones, Jr., M.D. Scholarship. Established by Walter C. Jones IV, class of 1981, in honor of his grandfather. Funding will come from the sale of property donated to the law school.

R. Kenneth Manning Memorial Scholarship. Established in memory of the late Cumberland professor, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and involvement in the law school and community.

Andrew B. Martin Memorial Scholarship. Established through the will of Mary Martin Brown in memory of her father, who joined the Cumberland faculty in 1878. He was appointed dean upon the death of Judge Nathan Green in 1919 and served until his own death in 1920. The proceeds of this endowed scholarship will assist a deserving third-year student recommended to the Dean by the Scholarship Committee.

Thomas Wesley Martin Scholarship. Established by the Martin Foundation in memory of Thomas Wesley Martin, a lawyer and founder of Alabama Power Company.

Lt. Wayne Morse USMC Book Scholarship. Established by Wayne Morse, class of 1976, in honor of his father, Lt. Wayne Morse USMC.  The endowed scholarship is awarded to a rising third year student, with the highest GPA, who has honorably served or is serving in a branch of the military.

Richard and Margaret Peters Scholarship. Established by the late Margaret Waddell Peters, class of 1931, in honor of her late husband, also a member of the class of 1931.
Louise and Henry Poellnitz Johnston Scholarship. Endowed by H.P. Johnston to assist law and pharmacy students.

W.D. Rollison Memorial Scholarship. Established through the will of Edwin Rollison, widow of former Professor Rollison, to assist third-year students with outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Sadler, Sullivan, Sharp, Fishburne & Van Tassel Scholarship. Established by the law firm to assist an outstanding second- or third-year student who ranks in the top 15 percent of his or her class and has no other significant scholarship assistance.

John Shepherd Scholarship. Established by a bequest of Lillian Ward Shepherd and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement.

Spain Gillon/Judge H. Hobart Grooms, Sr., Scholarship. Established by the law firm of Spain & Gillon to assist a rising senior who does not have other significant assistance. The recipient is recognized each year as the Grooms Senior Scholar.

M. Alan Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established by the firm of Spain & Gillon in memory of M. Alan Stephens, class of 1984, this scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding third-year student who is concentrating in the area of business, tax, and corporate law.

Arthur A. Weeks Scholarship in Law. Established to honor the former dean of the Law School, the scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and need.

Mary H. Williams Scholarship. Established by former Dean Parham H. Williams in honor of his mother, Mary H. Williams, class of 1925, it is awarded to a senior law student who has shown the greatest promise in legal writing based on contributions to the Cumberland Law Review (even-numbered years) or the American Journal of Trial Advocacy (odd-numbered years). Selection will be made by the board and faculty advisor of the respective publication.

Parham H. Williams Endowed Scholarship. Established by friends and colleagues of Parham H. Williams upon his retirement as Dean of the Cumberland School of Law (1985-1996). Mark Ezell, an attorney from Butler, Ala., and T. Roe Frazer, class of 1985, provided the initial corpus for the fund, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a student, regardless of class year. Recipients are chosen by the Scholarship Committee from a pool of nominees following interviews and other selection criteria. The grant is awarded beyond tuition.

 

Achievement Scholarships

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Scholarship. Established by the academy, this annually funded $1,000 scholarship assists two students who excel in domestic law.

American Board of Trial Advocates Scholarship Fund. Established and annually funded by the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, this scholarship is awarded to the student actively involved in the Trial Advocacy Program who demonstrates superior qualities of leadership and achievement.

Jere Locke Beasley Scholarship in Trial Advocacy. Established by Jere Beasley and the law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., to recognize and assist an outstanding second- or third-year law student actively involved in the Trial Advocacy Program who does not have other significant scholarship assistance. Beasley is a Montgomery attorney and parent of a Cumberland alumna.

Ross and Verona Evans Environmental Law Scholarship. Cumberland Prof. Jill Evans has established the Ross and Verona Evans Environmental Scholarship in Law in honor of her parents. The scholarship will benefit students interested in a career in environmental law. Part of the annual scholarship will assist second or third students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Master of Environmental Management joint degree program and part will assist a rising second year student attend the summer study abroad program in environmental law conducted at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.

Scott A. Powell Scholarship in Trial Advocacy. Established in 2003, this scholarship recognizes ability and achievement in trial advocacy. The recipient will be a second or third year student who is actively involved in the trial program, has shown financial need and demonstrated academic achievement.

Starnes and Atchison Trial Advocacy Scholarship. Established by the law firm of Starnes & Atchison to recognize achievement in the area of trial advocacy, the scholarship is awarded to the winner(s) of the Parham H. Williams Freshman Trial Competition and is applied to tuition for the second year of law school.

 

Leadership Scholarships

Leadership scholarships are awarded by Samford University and Cumberland School of Law in recognition of the contribution of students serving in elected positions or other select leadership roles in student organizations. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.3/4.0 grade point average to receive the funds. The following leadership scholarships have been funded:

James O. Haley Trial Advocacy Scholarship. Lanny Vines, a Birmingham attorney and parent of a Cumberland alumna, awards a $10,000 scholarship annually to the Chief Judge of the Trial Board in honor of Judge James O. Haley, retired professor and director of the trial program.

Herbert W. Peterson Trial Advocacy Scholarship. Lanny Vines, a Birmingham attorney and parent of a Cumberland alumna, awards a scholarship to directors of the Trial Board in honor of Professor Peterson, retired co-director of the trial program.

Col. Douglas C. Lauderdale Law Week Scholarship. The Lauderdale Law Week Scholarship was established by friends in honor of the late Col. Lauderdale, class of 1932, and an avid supporter of Law Week. This partial tuition scholarship is provided to the Law Week chairman.

Russomanno Leadership Scholarship. Herman J. Russomanno, class of 1975 and former Student Bar Association president, has established this partial scholarship to be awarded each year to the president of the Student Bar Association.

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Recruiting Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are provided to attract outstanding scholars to the Law School and to honor distinguished professionals who have made significant contributions to society through lives of dedicated service.

Balch & Bingham Scholarship Fund. Established by the firm of Balch & Bingham.

Judge Ingram Beasley Scholarship in Law. Established by the family and friends of the late Judge Beasley.

BellSouth Telecommunications Scholarship in Law. Established by BellSouth Telecommunications.

Abe Berkowitz Endowed Scholarship. Funded by contributions from the Birmingham firms of Berkowitz, Lefkovits, Isom & Kushner and Leitman, Siegal, Payne & Campbell, P.A.

Lee C. Bradley, Jr., Endowed Scholarship. Funded by the Birmingham law firm of Bradley, Arant, Rose & White.

Donald C. Corley Endowed Scholarship. Established in memory of the former dean of Cumberland School of Law.

Philip Dale Corley Memorial Scholarship. Established by family, friends and colleagues to honor the memory of Dale Corley.

Harwell Goodwin Davis Endowed Scholarship. Made possible by the contributions and efforts of the Davis family.

Philip H. Duke Scholarship in Law. Established by Edna Duke of Winter Park, Fla., in memory of her father, a member of the Cumberland class of 1900. Funding for this recruiting scholarship is provided through a charitable remainder unitrust established by Ms. Duke. The original gift was property donated to the Law School.

James O. Haley Endowed Scholarship. Made possible by contributions and efforts of the Birmingham law firm of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton.

William Jeff Haralson Scholarship. Established by Charles Mauney, class of 1976, in memory of the late Judge Haralson, class of 1926.

Raymond P. Hutchens Memorial Scholarship. Established to help attract outstanding freshman law students.

Herbert W. Peterson Endowed Scholarship. Funded by the law firm of Rives & Peterson.

Stancil R. Starnes Endowed Scholarship. Made possible by the contributions and efforts of the Starnes family and the Birmingham law firm of Starnes and Atchison.

Judge James C. Turk Scholarship. Established by his son, James C. Turk, Jr., class of 1984.

Frank M. Young, Jr., Scholarship in Law. Established by Frank M. Young III of Birmingham, class of 1969, in honor of his father.

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Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships have been established to assist worthy second- and third-year students who have significant financial need as determined from the FAF or similar need analysis. Applications are requested through the Office of Operations and are due prior to April 1.

Charles H. Alexander Memorial Scholarship. Established in memory of Charles H. Alexander.

Franklin Whyte Bedford Memorial Scholarship. Established in 1980 by family and friends in memory of Franklin Whyte Bedford, class of 1979.

Albert P. Brewer Scholarship in Law. Mark and Alison Calhoun and their daughters have established a scholarship in honor of Mrs. Calhoun's father, the former Governor of Alabama, Albert P. Brewer. Second or third year students with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement are eligible for consideration. Preference is given to residents of the state of Alabama who are near the top of their class and have no other scholarship assistance.

Albert P. and Martha F. Brewer Scholarship in Law. Established by former Gov. and Mrs. Brewer, this endowed scholarship will assist a second- or third-year student with demonstrated financial need.

Ernie Cory Scholarship. Established in 2003, this scholarship assists second or third year law students who have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.

A.G. Gaston Scholarship. Established in 2004 to honor Birmingham civil right pioneer A.G. Gaston, this scholarship assists second or third year minority law students who have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.

Johnnie Noble Hodges Scholarship. The estate of Nina Hodge Cline has established the Johnnie Noble Hodges Scholarship in honor of Johnnie Noble Hodges. The scholarship will be awarded to a second or third year student with one or more children and demonstrates financial need.

John A. and Mildred Holley Jamison Scholarship in Law. Established by Judge and Mrs. John A. Jamison through a provision in their wills. Judge Jamison graduated from Cumberland in 1941. The scholarship will assist a second- or third-year student with demonstrated financial need.

Phillip A. and Nancy Laird Book Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a second or third year student demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and financial need.

David H. Marsh Scholarship. Established by the law firm of Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, this scholarship assists second or third year students with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to Alabama residents who are at the top of their class and do not have other scholarship assistance.

Clarence H. Mullins Scholarship. Established by Ara Mullins, a 1927 graduate of Samford University, in memory of her brother, U.S. District Judge Mullins, who practiced law for 25 years prior to serving on the bench.

Porterfield, Harper & Mills Scholarship Fund. Established by the law firm of Porterfield, Harper & Mills, this annually funded scholarship assists a rising second year student with demonstrated financial need.

Memory Leake Robinson Memorial Scholarship. Established by his wife, Eleanor Robinson, and the firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville.
Carol Lindsay Scott Scholarship. Established by Romaine Scott in memory of Carol Lindsay Scott, the scholarship is awarded annually to assist with the purchase of books. Recipients must be members of the Christian Legal Society.

Arthur L. & Sue McQuaig Smith Scholarship. Established in 2004, this endowed need-based scholarshipis awarded to second or third year students with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from Georgia who are in the top half of their class and have no other scholarship assistance.

Warren R. Splitt Memorial Scholarship. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Splitt in loving memory of their son Warren. Mr. Splitt graduated from Cumberland in 1976. The recipients must be from Florida and intend to practice in Florida.

Student Bar Association, Cumberland School of Law, Endowed Scholarship Fund. Established by the Student Bar Association to assist a needy second- or third-year law student.

David L. & Grace S. Thomas Scholarship in Law. David L. & Grace S. Thomas have established a scholarship in memory of their parents, E.W. and Blanche Thomas and Grace D. and Roy W. Knight, Jr.  This fully endowed scholarship is intended for second or third year students with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. Recipients must be residents of the state of Alabama. Preference is given in the following order to: (1) graduates of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, (2) residents of Hoover, Alabama or Homewood, Alabama, or (3) residents of Jefferson County, Alabama.

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Minority Scholarships

W. J. Ellison/BLSA Scholarship. The Cumberland Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has established the W. J. Ellison/BLSA Scholarship in honor of Professor W. J. Ellison, a longtime member of the Cumberland law faculty. The endowment will provide scholarship assistance on an annual basis for the second or third year BLSA member who has made the greatest contribution to the life of the law school.

Theodore and Roslyn Leopold Scholarship. Established in 2003, this scholarship assists second or third year minority law students who have demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.

SONAT Diversity Scholarship in Law. Established to encourage students who are members of racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups underrepresented in the legal profession. The scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year student on the basis of criteria established by Samford University and SONAT.

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Geographic Scholarships

John A. Armstrong Memorial Scholarship. Established by the family of a native Tennessean who characterized the tradition and heritage of Cumberland School of Law rooted in Lebanon, Tenn. It is awarded to a Tennessee student who exhibits the qualities of a superior trial advocate.

John Cabler Corbitt Memorial Scholarship. Judge Corbitt, a 1933 graduate of Cumberland, established a trust fund to provide scholarships for Tennessee residents who agree in writing to practice in the state of Tennessee for a period of not less than five years after graduation from Cumberland and admission to the Tennessee Bar.

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Outside Scholarships 

Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Scholarship. An annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to a third-year student, preferably an Alabama resident, who has achieved an interest and ability in trial and appellate practice.

Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship. An annual scholarship in the amount of $500 is awarded to a deserving second-year law student who is an Alabama resident and shows promise as a trial lawyer.

Birmingham Bar Association Memorial Fund Scholarship. An annual scholarship of $1,000 is awarded by the Birmingham Bar Scholarship Committee to a deserving law student, a resident of Jefferson County, Ala., who intends to practice law in the Birmingham area. Applications should be filed with the Birmingham Bar Association Memorial Fund Scholarship Committee, 900 Jefferson County Courthouse, Birmingham, AL 35203.

Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship. The Birmingham law firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal established a scholarship through the Alabama Law Foundation, Inc., in 1987 to commemorate the entrance of the law firm into its second century. The scholarship is awarded to a top second-year student from Alabama who is enrolled in an accredited law school. For information and application, contact the Alabama Law Foundation, Inc. 415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Indian River County Bar Association Scholarship. The Indian River County Bar Association has established a scholarship fund to provide annual awards to law students from Indian River County, Fla. For information, deadlines and application contact: Robert C. Nall, McKinnon, Stewart & Nall, P.O. Box 3345, Vero Beach, FL 32964-3345, (305) 231-3500.

The Magic City Bar Association Scholarship Fund. Established by the Magic City Bar Association to assist a rising third-year minority student who has shown outstanding leadership and/or academic achievement.

The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation offers international study scholarships to students 18 to 28 years old who are proficient in the language of the proposed study country. Application deadline is March 1. Contact any local Rotary Club or The Rotary Foundation, 1600 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, (312) 328-0100.

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Organization Scholarships

The following organizations award scholarships to deserving law students meeting the requirements set by the membership:

Phi Alpha Delta Scholarship. One $500 scholarship is awarded per chapter each academic year to a fraternity member who has been a member at least six months and is in good standing with the chapter. Contact the Cumberland Chapter for details.

Phi Delta Phi Scholarship. The International Legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi makes an award of $100 each fall to the Phi Delta Phi member attaining the highest scholastic average in his or her first year. Phi Delta Phi also makes loans of up to $500 available to members of the fraternity. Contact the Cumberland Chapter for application materials.

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Student Awards

The Alabama Lawyer Student Award. The Alabama Lawyer, a publication of the Alabama Bar Association, has established an annual award of $250 for the best article submitted by a student for publication in The Alabama Lawyer. The subject of the article, which is announced in September, must be an area of current general interest to the practicing bar.

BAR/BRI Achievement and Service Award. The BAR/BRI has established a BAR/BRI Review Course Award which consists of full tuition for one BAR/BRI Bar Review Course awarded annually to a graduating senior based upon achievement, service and financial need.

W. Donaldson Civil Procedure Writing Award. Each year a cash award is given to the student submitting the best paper on any area of federal or state civil procedure. The competition is sponsored by former Cumberland Professor Frank Donaldson, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

Hand, Arendall, Bedsole, Greaves & Johnston Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. The Mobile law firm of Hand, Arendall, Bedsole, Greaves & Johnston has established an award for students involved in the moot court program at Cumberland. This is a cash award from the law firm to a student(s) who, in the opinion of the faculty, have shown the most promise in appellate advocacy through brief writing, oral presentation and contribution to the overall advocacy program.

Sylvia Key Hollowell Award for the Handicapped. Established by the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Law Placement Consortium in memory and honor of Sylvia Key Hollowell, former director of placement at Cumberland. The award is given annually to a deserving student.

Scholar of Merit Award. The Scholar of Merit Award is awarded each semester to the freshman, junior and senior who receives the highest grade in each class.

George M. Stewart Award. Each spring during Law Week an award is made to a second-year law student in need of financial assistance, who is interested in a career in banking or trust law and who has maintained an above average academic record. The award is made in memory of George M. Stewart, class of 1947, by his daughter, Peggy Stewart Reeves.

Judge Daniel H. Thomas Award in Admiralty. Each year, the Mobile Bar Association gives the Judge Daniel H. Thomas Award in Admiralty to the student making the highest grade in admiralty at Cumberland. Judge Thomas graduated from the University of Alabama Law School in 1928. In March of 1951, President Harry Truman appointed him U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. In 1971, he assumed senior status and has presided over various admiralty trials throughout the United States.

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