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Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship

Application Period: December 1, 2018

Deadline: January 4, 2019 [2019 information not currently available]

Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:
• Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school)
• Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
• Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
• Written communication skills
• Oral communication skills determined through an interview of the law student
• Leadership qualities and community involvement

Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.

Applicants will submit the following documents for consideration:
• Completed Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship application form
• Resume
• Academic transcripts (law school, undergraduate/graduate school); law school
transcripts will be requested from 1L’s in January if selected as a finalist
• Writing sample (5-10 pages) (a legal writing sample is requested, if available)
• Contact information for three references
• One page statement describing how diversity has impacted the candidate

Award: $5,000