General Scholarship Parameters

The Sidney B. Williams Scholarship is for $10,000 per school year (two semesters, excluding summer school semesters and intersession) beginning with the fall semester.

It is renewable, upon reapplication by the student, for up to three academic years (totaling six semesters for full-time or part-time enrollment, excluding summer school semesters and inter-sessions). Existing scholarship recipients must reapply each year.

Scholarship money can be applied to the verifiable costs associated with normal tuition and usual fees relating to full time and part time enrollment status (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees, law school or university fees, administrative fees) and is paid directly to and administered through the law school the recipient is attending, in accordance with the policies of the school for the use and application of scholarship funds.


Selection Criteria

  1. Scholarships are intended for students entering or attending law school in Fall 2018 or 2019.
  2. Students must show demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law.
  3. High academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels (if applicable).
  4. Demonstrated financial need.
  5. General factors such as leadership skills, community activities, or special accomplishments.

Application Requirements

The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship is administered by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Completed applications may be submitted by mail and/or electronically to Deshuandra Walker at the address shown below. (Please indicate on e-mail when and how the required attachments will be sent separately).

A complete application (including renewal applications) must be received by March 16, 2018 to be considered for a fall semester scholarship award.

  • Completed scholarship application (.doc or .pdf) form.
  • FAFSA form (or similar form) and any supporting documentation required thereby.  The FAFSA is available in paper and electronic formats.  You can get the paper version from the financial aid office at any college or university, the public library, or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.  If you prefer, you can fill out a web-based version of the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov (step-by-step instructions are provided on this site).
  • Undergraduate transcript and graduate and law transcripts (if applicable).
  • Two letters of recommendation from, but not limited to, former teachers, college administrators, community leaders or other similar persons concerning the academic ability, character, reputation or professional aptitude of the applicant.
  • Membership in an underrepresented minority group.
  • Currently enrolled in or have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school.  The devotion of the law school to intellectual property curricula shall not be considered in awarding scholarships.
  • Demonstrated intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law.
  • US citizenship.
  • A personal or telephonic interview.
  • Note that any student who receives a scholarship is required to attend law school, day or evening, on a either a full-time or part-time enrollment basis, and to maintain a grade point average of “C” (2.00) or better.
  • Also note that scholarship recipients are required to join and maintain membership in AIPLA.
  • Applicants related to a trustee of AIPLEF, a council member of the ABA-IPL Section, Officer or member of the Board of Directors of the AIPLA, or a member of the AIPLEF Scholarship Committee are ineligible to receive a scholarship.
  • Applicants resume.