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Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships

Joseph B. and Nell Alala Scholarship

Established in 1989 in honor of Joseph B. Alala Jr., Class of 1959, and his wife, Nell Alala. It is awarded based on merit or need to a member of the entering class.

Dixie Lee Atwater Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1992 by the firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in memory of their partner, Dixie Lee Atwater, Class of 1976, to support students who show financial need and/or strong academic ability.

Aycock-Poe Scholarship

Established in honor of Charles B. Aycock, lawyer and governor of North Carolina from 1901 to 1905; William B. Aycock, Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus; and Clarence Poe, editor and businessman. It is awarded annually to outstanding current or incoming students who are residents of North Carolina and who have demonstrated proficiency in oral and written English.

Harold Kimsey Bennett Scholarship

Established in 1997 by Stephen Bennett to honor his father, Harold Kimsey Bennett, Class of 1937. The award is based on merit, with preference being given to a resident of Buncombe County or western North Carolina.

Alan Berman Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1993 in memory of Alan Berman, Class of 1974. It is based on need and merit with preference given to gay and lesbian students or any student with an interest in advancing civil rights for gay and lesbian people.

Frederick O. Bowman North Carolina Soft Drink Association Scholarship

Established by Elizabeth Bowman, Frederick O. Bowman, Jr., and the North Carolina Soft Drink Association in memory of Frederick O. Bowman, Sr., Class of 1920. This award is based on merit and need considerations. Recipients must be bona fide residents of North Carolina for five years prior to admission.

Hal Walker Broadfoot Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Hal Walker Broadfoot to honor her husband, who graduated in 1953. It is based on merit or need, and preference is given to a rising second- or third-year student from North Carolina.

Thornton H. Brooks Memorial Scholarship

Established by the firm of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard of Greensboro, N.C., in memory of Thornton H. Brooks, Class of 1934, for a second- or third-year member of the North Carolina Law Review.

Professor Lissa Broome Center for Banking and Finance Scholarship

Established in 2001 by the board of advisors of the UNC School of Law's Center for Banking and Finance in honor of Lissa Broome, its director. Awarded on the basis of scholastic and writing ability as indicated by membership on the board of editors of the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, and financial need.

Barry S. Brown Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Barry S. Brown, Class of 1984. Recipients are selected on the basis of meritorious performance in law school when examined in light of their academic record and personal circumstances.

Travis Taylor Brown Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2003 in memory of Travis Taylor Brown, Class of 1932. The award is given to an entering student who has been a North Carolina resident for at least the last five years and has a demonstrated financial need.

Professor Robert Byrd Scholarship

Established in 2001 by Aaron Richard Golub, Class of 1967, to honor Professor Byrd's outstanding achievements in the fields of torts, remedies, and law and medicine. In addition to being dean of the UNC School of Law from 1974 to 1979, Byrd served as editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Law Review and served for three years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. The scholarship is based on scholastic achievement and financial need.

Graham M. Carlton Scholarship

Established in 1987 by the family of the late Graham M. Carlton, Class of 1947. Awards are restricted to residents of North Carolina.

Trey Cheek Memorial Public Interest Scholarship

Established by the Class of 2000 in memory of classmate Trey Cheek, this award is used to support a need-based scholarship for a student who demonstrates a strong commitment to public interest law.

Clarkson Family Scholarship

Established in 2005 by Brian Mark Clarkson, Class of 1987, the Clarkson Family Scholarship is awarded to students who have a demonstrated financial need, with preference given to students with children or to a non-traditional student.

Class of 1958 Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1958 in honor of their 50th reunion, this award is based on merit.

Class of 1963 Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1963 in honor of their 45th reunion, this award is based on need.

Class of 1978 Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1978 in honor of their 30th reunion, this award is based on need.

Class of 1998 Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1998 in honor of their 10th reunion, this award is based on need.

Class of 2002 Scholarship

Established by the Class of 2002 as their third-year class gift, this award should be awarded to an entering first-year law student and based on financial need.

Class of 2003 Scholarship

Established by the Class of 2003 in honor of their 5th reunion, this award is based on need.

William McWhorter Cochrane Scholarship

Established by Shirley Graves Cochrane in honor of William McWhorter Cochrane, this award is based on achievement and potential as indicated by a sound scholastic record and leadership abilities, and demonstrated financial need.

Cowell Family Diversity Scholarship

Established in 2005 by Marion A. Cowell Jr., Class of 1964, and Norma Cowell, the Cowell Family Scholarship seeks to help ensure a diverse student body by providing support to an economically or socially disadvantaged student.

E. S. W. Dameron Sr. Scholarship

Established in 1965 by the sons of E. S. W. Dameron Sr., Class of 1907, to provide annual scholarships to students who have demonstrated superior character or academic performance during law school.

Peter K. Daniel Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2000 by family, classmates and friends in memory of Peter K. Daniel, Class of 1986. Awarded to a second-year law student who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service, an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic and strength of character.

James E. Jr. and Carolyn B. Davis Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family and friends of James E. Davis, Jr., Class of 1973, and awarded on a merit basis to students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship.

Christy Deal Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1993 by the family of Christy Deal, Class of 1995, at the time of her death. It is based on need, with preference given to out-of-state students who show need as a result of continuing medical expenses or other serious challenges.

Robert D. Dearborn Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1993 by the law firm of Moore & Van Allen and by family and friends of the late Robert DeWitt Dearborn, Class of 1975. Awards are based on academic achievement and financial need.

Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship

Established by Michael A. DeMayo, this scholarship is based first on need, and second on grades, SAT scores, letter of recommendation, application and a presentation/essay that deals with underage drinking and driving.

Daniel Lyndon and Dawne Talbert Deuterman Scholarship

Established by Daniel and Dawne Deuterman, this award is based on the following, in order of importance: (1) primary residency in Guilford County, North Carolina, (2) need, (3) leadership abilities (demonstrated through co- and extra-curricular activities) and (4) merit.

Franklin T. Dupree, Sr. and Jr., Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1983 in honor and memory of Franklin T. Dupree Sr., Class of 1912, who practiced law in Angier, N.C., for more than 50 years, by his sons, for a student genuinely in need and who plans to practice law in North Carolina.

Thomas R. Eller, Jr., Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003 in honor of Thomas R. Eller, Jr., Class of 1951, who distinguished himself as a champion of consumer rights while a member of the N.C. Utilities Commission. Scholarship awards are based upon residency in rural North Carolina, demonstrated financial need, potential for achievement as indicated by a sound scholastic record and potential for contribution to the social concerns of society.

Kathrine Robinson Everett Scholarship

Established in 2002 in memory of Kathrine Robinson Everett, Class of 1920. Everett was one of the first women to graduate with a degree in law from UNC-Chapel Hill, at a time when other law schools refused to accept women as law students. This award is based on academic merit.

Esphur E. Foster Scholarship

Established in 2004 in honor of Esphur Foster's 28-year career at the UNC School of Law, this scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated financial need with preference given to a single-parent student. Secondary preference is given to students with children and tertiary preference is given to non-traditional students.

Beth Fleishman and Richard Boyette Scholarship

Established in 1989 by Beth Fleishman and Richard Boyette, members of the Class of 1977, and awarded on the basis of sound academic ability and/or financial need.

Nicholas T. and Alma S. Goudes Scholarship

Established in 1985 by the Goudes family to be awarded each year to an incoming or current law student with exceptional academic abilities.

Wallace R. Gray Scholarship

Established in 1987 by Wallace R. Gray, Class of 1953, and awarded based on merit to a member of the entering class.

Cecil W. Harrison, Jr., Scholarship

Established by Poyner & Spruill and friends in honor of Cecil Harrison, Jr., this award is based on: (1) ability (as indicated by a sound scholastic record), (2) financial need and (3) preference for a student from eastern North Carolina.

William Henry Holderness and William Edward Elmore, Jr., Scholarship

Established in 1996 and awarded on the basis of ability as indicated by a sound scholastic record, financial need, public service and community involvement. Recipients are residents of North Carolina. The scholarship is renewable contingent upon the recipient maintaining a grade point average of 3.0.

Reef C. Ivey II Bicentennial Challenge Scholarship Fund

Established in 1989 by Reef C. Ivey II, Class of 1968, for deserving students with financial need.

Mildred M. and William A. Johnson Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of need to residents of North Carolina who have exhibited outstanding academic performance.

Ted Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2006 by Mrs. Ted Johnson in memory of Edward Gilbert "Ted" Johnson, Class of 1972. This scholarship provides scholarship support for married students with children.

Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship

Established in 1976 by the Kenan family to provide scholarships for Carolina Law students.

J. Russell Kirby Public Service Scholarship

Established in 2001 by David F. Kirby to honor his father, Sen. J. Russell Kirby, Class of 1948. This scholarship is intended to foster, recognize and reward service as epitomized by Sen. Kirby. This award is given to a student who has been selected as a Chancellors' Scholar at the UNC School of Law. Preference is given to students from eastern North Carolina who intend to pursue a career of public service in government, politics or education.

C. Ted Leonard, Jr., Scholarship

Established by friends and family in memory of C. Ted Leonard, Jr., who was a member of the Class of 1956. This scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the dean.

Professor Martin Louis Scholarship

Established in 1996 by Aaron Richard Golub, Class of 1967, to honor the memory of Professor Martin Louis. The award is based on superior merit in the subjects of civil and criminal procedure.

Charles S. Mangum, Sr. and Jr., Scholarship

Established from the estate of Charles S. Mangum to provide scholarships for Carolina Law students at the discretion of the dean.

L. A. Martin Scholarship

Established in 1979 by a bequest of Judge Lister A. Martin as a memorial to his grandson, Martin N. Erwin. This scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the dean.

W. Ellis Meehan Scholarship Fund

Established in 1989 by Ellis Meehan, member of the Class of 1941 and a football All-America nominee from Catawba College. This scholarship provides need-based scholarship assistance to deserving law students.

Moore & Van Allen PLLC Chancellors' Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1993 by the law firm of Moore & Van Allen PLLC to provide scholarship assistance based on academic merit.

Judge Naomi E. Morris Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1987 as a permanent tribute to Naomi Elizabeth Morris, Class of 1955, who served as chief judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1982. This scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the dean.

Mumma Family Scholarship

Established in 2001 by Christine Mumma, Class of 1998, and awarded based on financial need with preference given to a single student with custody of a child/children.

John and Mercedes O'Hale and Frank and Phyllis Ward Scholarship

This award is based on (1) residency in the state of North Carolina, and (2) ability, as indicated by a sound scholastic record.

Warren Seipp and Barbara Stockton Perry Scholarship

Established in 2003 through a bequest from Warren Seipp Perry, this scholarship honors Warren Seipp Perry's and Barbara Stockton Perry's (both graduates of the Class of 1950) abiding love for, and interest in, the UNC School of Law. This scholarship is awarded to a North Carolina resident whose leadership and potential have been demonstrated through a sound academic record.

The Honorable J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., Scholarship

This need-based award was established by the Class of 1973 in honor of Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., out of appreciation for his service to Carolina Law.

J. Will Pless, Sr., and Judge J. Will Pless, Jr., Scholarship

Created by Laurance D. Pless, Class of 1980, in memory of his grandfather and great-grandfather. This award shall be based on the following preferences: (1) residency, with priority given to: (a) a resident of McDowell County, North Carolina, then to (b) a resident of western North Carolina, then to (c) a resident of North Carolina for at least five years, and (2) financial need, as demonstrated to the satisfaction of the dean.

Gregory Douglas, Daryl Geoffrey, Christopher Kelly Porter Chancellors' Scholarship

Established in 1993 by W. Travis Porter, Class of 1960, and his wife, to support scholarship awards for students selected as Chancellors' Scholars.

Augustus Barker Raymer Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1988 to honor the memory of Augustus Barker Raymer, Class of 1930, and awarded on the basis of academic merit and promise of distinction in the field of law.

Nancy K. Rhoden Scholarship

Established in 1990 by the parents of Nancy K. Rhoden, in memory of her as an outstanding faculty member at the UNC School of Law. It is awarded on the basis of need and merit to a law student with interest in the legal aspects of medicine, bioethics or related fields.

Larry M. Rosenstein Family Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2001 by Lawrence and Marilyn Van Derbur Atler to honor the memory of Larry Rosenstein, Class of 1966, who was an expert in agricultural insurance law. The award is made to students who maintain at least a 3.0 average and have a proven financial need.

The Honorable Robert D. Rouse, Jr., Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1991 by George R. Clutts, M.D., Allen D. Tate, Jr., M.D., and Kenneth Underwood to honor the memory of Judge Robert D. Rouse, Jr., Class of 1949. The award is based on academic merit or financial need.

Archibald Caldwell Rufty Chancellors' Scholarship

Established in 2002 by Frances Fulk Rufty in memory of her husband, Archibald Caldwell Rufty, Class of 1938. This award is given to a North Carolina resident who has been selected as a Chancellors' Scholar at the UNC School of Law.

Braxton Schell Scholarship

Established in honor of W. Braxton Schell, Class of 1951, by Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston and friends. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and need.

A.A.F. Seawell Memorial Scholarship

Established as a memorial to the late N.C. Supreme Court Justice A. A. F. Seawell and two of his sons, Malcolm B. Seawell and Edward H. Seawell.

Donald L. Smith/Manila G. Shaver Scholarship

To be awarded to North Carolina residents, primarily on the basis of need, and to the extent practicable, promote the study of constitutional law (particularly the study of the North Carolina Constitution).

Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy Scholarship

Established in 1986 by Horace Stacy, Jr., Class of 1956, in honor and in memory of Chief Justice Walter P. Stacy, a 1908 graduate of the University and a recipient in 1923 of an honorary LL.D. It is awarded annually to a student who is a resident of North Carolina or who was born in North Carolina.

Kirby Sullivan Scholarship

Established in 1997 by Kirby Sullivan, Class of 1950, and awarded on the basis of ability as indicated by a sound scholastic record and financial need.

James Taylor Jr. Scholarship

Created in memory of James Taylor, Jr., Class of 1949. Preference for this award is for a North Carolina resident, and it is based on merit and need.

W. Frank Taylor Scholarship

Established in 1985 and in recognition of the outstanding service of Frank Taylor, Class of 1914, to the state of North Carolina as state senator and speaker of the N. C. House of Representatives and as long-time member of the board of trustees of UNC-Chapel Hill. Preference is given to first-year North Carolina residents from Wayne County or Duplin County.

Helen Guerrant Watson Scholarship

Established in 1994 by Richard N. Watson, Class of 1974, to honor his mother, Helen Guerrant Watson. This award is based on academic merit or financial need.

The Honorable John Webb Scholarship

Established in memory of Justice John Webb, this scholarship will support students who strive to emulate the ideals exemplified by Justice Webb and will be awarded based on scholastic achievement and financial need, with special attention given to applicants with roots in North Carolina.

Judge Hugh A. Wells Scholarship

Established in 1994 by friends and family of Judge Hugh A. Wells, Class of 1952, to honor his retirement from the N. C. Court of Appeals. This award is given to a North Carolina resident who shows outstanding character and leadership potential and has financial need.

Rachel M. and Charles H. Whedbee Scholarship

Established in 1997 by the estate of Rachel M. Whedbee and the Hon. Charles H. Whedbee, Class of 1933. Awarded on the basis of merit to a North Carolina resident, with preference given to a resident of Pitt County.

Willis G. Whichard Scholarship

Established in 1990 by The Honorable Willis P. Whichard, Class of 1965, in honor of his late father, Willis G. Whichard. Awarded on the basis of ability and/or financial need with preference given to students entering law school from careers in education or considering careers in public service.

J. Nelson Young Scholarship

Established in 1985 by Zerla Young to honor the memory of her husband and law professor Nelson Young, and awarded annually to an outstanding third-year student who is interested in pursuing a career in tax law.

Public Interest Scholarships and Internships

*Endowed

Trey Cheek Public Interest Memorial Scholarship*

The Trey Cheek Public Interest Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to either a 2L or 3L based on financial need and a commitment to public interest law.

Peter K. Daniel Memorial Scholarship*

The Peter K. Daniel Memorial Scholarship Fund is available for a second-year student. This scholarship will be awarded based on a demonstration of an exceptional commitment to community service (to be distinguished from public interest law), entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic and strength of character. This scholarship is available to rising 2Ls only.

William Henry Holderness and William Edward Elmore Scholarship*

The William Henry Holderness and William Edward Elmore, Jr., Scholarship Fund is available to one 2L and one 3L to reward academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to public interest law and community involvement.

The Nancy K. Rhoden Scholarship*

The Nancy K. Rhoden Scholarship Fund is available for 2L and 3L students based on merit and need. A preference will be given to students who can show a commitment to a career dealing with the legal aspects of medicine, bioethics or related fields.

Berman Scholarship*

The Berman Scholarship is available to a student supportive of gay/lesbian issues.

W.G. Whichard Scholarship*

The Whichard Scholarship is available to students who entered law school from careers in education, or those considering careers in public service.

J.R. Kirby Public Service Scholarship*

The Kirby Service Scholarship is available to a student from eastern North Carolina who intends to pursue a career of public service in government, politics or education.

The Gibson Desaulniers Smith Public Interest Internship

Established in 1997 by Dr. and Mrs. Nat Smith, family and friends in honor and memory of Gibson D. Smith, Class of 1994. The internship is awarded to a law student who is a resident of North Carolina, interested in a career in public interest law, and with demonstrated ability and financial need.

Other Scholarships and Internships

Henry P. Brandis, Jr. Law Alumni Association Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of merit and/or need.

Ilene B. Nelson Internship

Established in 2000 by the family and friends of Ilene B. Nelson to provide an internship to a student working during the summer on children's rights issues.

Student Stores Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of merit.

Tuition Deposit Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of merit.

Maurice T. Van Hecke Law Alumni Association Scholarship

Awarded to entering law students based on merit and/or need.

Robert Hasley Wettach Law Alumni Association Scholarship

Awarded to entering law students based on merit and/or need.

Hunton & Williams Scholarship

Established by the law firm of Hunton & Williams to recognize outstanding student academic performance in law school.

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