The Black, Latino, Asian-Pacific American Law Alumni Association (BLAPA) Public Service Scholarship was created in 1994 to promote the practice of law in the public sector by graduates of New York University School of Law. BLAPA alumni have contributed funds to create this scholarship to reduce the law school debt burden of second year students who are members of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA or SALSA. In October 2011, the scholarship was renamed the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Scholarship for Public Service to celebrate Professor Bell and his commitment to legal education, critical thought, and community empowerment.
In 2012, BLAPA plans to award two $10,000 scholarships to students who has proven their dedication to public service, who plan to pursue careers in public interest law, and who demonstrate a commitment to social justice in the best tradition of Professor Bell. The award will be directly applied to the recipients’ financial aid package for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarship recipient will be honored at the Annual BLAPA Spring Dinner on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Capitale, located at 130 Bowery Street, New York, NY.
Applications are available by going to BLAPA’s website: www.law.nyu.edu/alumni/alumniassociations/blapa/publicservicescholarship/index.htm
Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on the 2nd floor of D’Agostino Hall, located at 110 West 3rd Street, and are due no later than Friday, February 10, 2012.