Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation

The RI Bar Foundation is accepting applications for the Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation for academic year 2015-2016. The scholarship is a one year, non-renewable award, for full-time students who are Rhode Island residents who will be entering their first year of law school in September, 2015.

The objective of the Bar Foundation’s Scholarship Program is to support high legal practice standards by providing financial assistance to Rhode Island residents who show promise that they will become outstanding lawyers who will adhere to such standards and who will need such assistance in order to study law at quality law schools.

Scholarship awards shall be exclusively for tuition and related expenses for persons who enroll as full-time students in programs leading to the award of the L.L.B. or J.D. degree offered by law schools located in one of the United States or District of Columbia and accredited by the American Bar Association. Each Scholarship award will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, superior academic performance, community and public service, and demonstrated contacts with and commitment to the State of Rhode Island. The Scholarship Committee seeks applications from candidates without regard to race, color, religion, country of ancestral origin, handicap, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

For academic year 2015-2016, the Foundation intends to award two awards in the amount of $20,000 each.

A completed application form, and a personal statement, along with the information required below must be submitted to the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, 41 Sharpe Dr., Cranston, RI 02920 so as to arrive by March 23, 2015. The Personal Statement should convey something about your background, your personal or family situation, why you believe you would be a worthy recipient of the scholarship or any other information you feel would be helpful to the Foundation in considering your application. Also arrange to have the Registrar of your college or university forward a copy of your academic transcript to the Bar Foundation.

Two letters of recommendation are required from persons who know you. One of the letters should be from a school official familiar with your academic record. Identify the persons writing these letters on the application form and request that they forward their letters directly to the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. We recommend that you provide them with addressed, stamped envelopes for that purpose.

Also, in order to complete your application, you must forward to us a copy of the SAR report from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please keep in mind that applicants have the burden of demonstrating their financial need to our Scholarship Committee. A detailed explanation of the extent to which you can obtain family financial assistance in your first year in law school should be submitted with this application, including current Federal Tax returns for yourself, along with any other information or documents you believe pertinent. The Committee reserves the right to not consider incomplete applications.

If you have any questions, please call the Rhode Island Bar Foundation office at (401) 421-6541, or email