Part administrative assistant, part researcher, and part client liaison, paralegals are an invaluable part of the American legal system – which is one of the reasons you’ve decided to pursue the career yourself. But before you can begin proving yourself in the legal trenches of law offices, court rooms and corporate legal departments , you’ll need to come prepared with the right education – and that’s not something that comes cheap.
We value the work of today’s paralegals and the education needed to get their foot in the door. To show our gratitude for aspiring paralegals like you, we are honored to offer the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship to make your pursuit of an education a little more affordable.
ParegalEDU.org is now accepting applications for the 2020 Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship – worth $500!
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s-level paralegal program offered through a school that is either an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) or approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) is eligible to apply.
All second-year students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their paralegal certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s program.
All recently accepted students must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program.
Recently accepted first-year students of a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree program must provide proof of having a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Recently accepted first-year students of a master’s program must provide proof of having a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Scholarship Application Requirements
You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:
- Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
- 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (2,500 words or less)
- Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying paralegal program (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university/proprietary business school letterhead)
- Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements (transcript summary or another verifiable document with university/proprietary business school letterhead)
The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.
Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.
Selecting the Winner
Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.
The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions, so naturally there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.
We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we’re limited to choosing just one winner per year.
Announcing the Winner
We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the winter quarter/semester.
If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 (college) or 3.0 (high school) since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.
We will ask the winner to provide a picture of themselves along with a few words that we will publish right here on ParegalEDU.org.
We will then make our official announcement to share the good news with our readers.
Paying Out the Award
We will make out a check for the full $500 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.
The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing, or any other expenses they need to cover during their graduate program.
ParegalEDU.org does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great paralegal.