NFPA will award annual scholarships to paralegal students in the United States. The number and amount of scholarships to be given shall be determined annually by the NFPA Board of Directors at the January Board Meeting. The amount of money allocated each year for scholarships may be increased or decreased by either NFPA or the sponsor, with the party increasing the funds responsible for contributing the increased amount.
NOTE: SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ARE TO BE USED TO PURSUE A PARALEGAL EDUCATION. CHECKS WILL BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT AND THE RECIPIENT'S PARALEGAL EDUCATION INSTITUTION. TRAVEL EXPENSE CHECKS WILL BE PROVIDED DIRECTLY TO RECIPIENTS BY NFPA FROM THE FUNDS PROVIDED BY THE SPONSOR.
The scholarship essay topic for 2020 is:
The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates adopted amendments to Resolution 102B, Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, during its midyear Meeting held February 2020, revising the definition of a paralegal to eliminate references to legal assistant "...to be more reflective of current terminology used by the legal community." Please explain how you believe this change will affect the paralegal profession as well as efforts for improving Access to Justice.
All applications must be submitted via the online form on or before July 1. No applications will be accepted via mail, fax or email. The application must include:
• The essay;
• Two references;
• A letter of recommendation from the program director;
• Participation in extracurricular and paralegal activities;
• And statement of financial need.
Incomplete applications will be reviewed “as is” with no opportunity to supplement.
Candidates may be disqualified for either one of the following reasons:
a. Conviction of a felony or comparable crime as defined by an individual state that does not have felony designations; or
b. Currently under the suspension, termination, or revocation of a certificate, registration of a certificate, registration or license to practice by a professional organization, court, disciplinary board or agency in any jurisdiction.
The criteria listed below will be utilized in selecting scholarship recipients. The applicant:
a. Must be a full or part-time student enrolled in a paralegal program;
b. Must demonstrate and maintain a B average;
c. May demonstrate extracurricular activities and/or community service;
d. May demonstrate active participation in paralegal program clubs or activities; and
e. May demonstrate financial need.
Scholarship winner will be notified of the award by early September, either by the VPPD or Education Coordinator. Scholarship winners are asked to keep their achievement confidential until the award has been given.
The sponsor will provide a travel stipend for each scholarship recipient so that he/she may receive his/her scholarship at the NFPA Annual Convention. Travel stipends may not be granted if no sponsor is secured for the student scholarships.
A copy of the winning essays and bios will be sent to the sponsor. The scholarships and commemorative plaques will be presented to the recipients during the awards luncheon at the NFPA Annual Convention.
The winning essays, bios and photographs of the scholarship recipients will be posted on NFPA’s website, NFPA National Paralegal Reporter or other media as deemed appropriate by the NFPA Board of Directors.