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Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2022. 

Additional Scholarships

Through the generosity and support of our dedicated alumni and other supporters, we can offer additional scholarship opportunities to admitted 1L students entering Duquesne University School of Law in fall 2022. 

Application Process

Email the requested materials directly to lawadmissions@duq.edu by March 1, 2022. If you are applying for a scholarship that requires you to demonstrate financial need you must submit the FAFSA. 

The Honorable Donetta Ambrose Scholarship

Donetta Ambrose arrived at Duquesne as an undergraduate freshman from the Arnold/New Kensington area. Originally planning to pursue a career as an English teacher, she soon crossed paths with an energetic, ambitious senior about to enter law school. Motivated by her friendship with Carol Los Mansmann, Ambrose changed her undergraduate major to political science and followed Mansmann to Duquesne Law.

Ambrose began her career as a clerk to her former Law Dean, state Supreme Court Justice Louis Manderino, worked as an assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney and spent eight years in private practice in Westmoreland County. In 1981, she was elected to the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas. She spent 12 years on the county bench before being nominated by President Clinton to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She was only the second woman appointed to that court-the first was Carol Los Mansmann. In 2002, Ambrose was named chief judge of the court-the first woman to receive that honor.

Though Judge Ambrose presided over countless cases before her retirement in 2009, perhaps her greatest achievements are found in the cases that never made it to trial. Throughout her career, Judge Ambrose championed the cause of Alternative Dispute Resolution, utilizing mediation, arbitration, and other methods to settle litigants' differences.

Criteria

This scholarship will provide financial aid exclusively to Duquesne Law students from Westmoreland County, PA who seek the same opportunity Judge Ambrose enjoyed -a life-changing legal education at Duquesne.

To apply, applicants must submit

  • A personal statement (500-word limit) explaining the applicant's background, financial need, or hardship, and how the scholarship money will affect their life
  • Demonstrates significant financial need (must submit the FAFSA)
  • Resume

Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship

The Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship is awarded to an incoming student who will add diversity to the class. Along with a monetary tuition award, the scholarship offers mentorship by a member of the firm throughout the recipient's law school career, and a paid summer clerkship following successful completion of the second year of studies.

To apply, applicants must submit

  • A personal statement (300-word limit) explaining why the applicant is a good candidate for the scholarship
  • Resume 

Selma and Edward Goldberg Memorial Scholarship

Established by the Goldberg and Kamin families and other generous donors to provide financial support to one or more Duquesne law students. Read about the life and legacy of Mr. Edward Goldberg. 

The scholarship is awarded annually for one year, however, scholarship recipients may be eligible for renewal. All students, including past recipients, must apply every year.  At the end of the academic year, recipients should write a note to the Selma and Edward Goldberg Scholarship Committee and explain how the scholarship benefitted them.

To apply, applicants must submit

  • A personal statement (500-word limit) explaining the applicant's background, financial need, or hardship, and how the scholarship money will affect their life;
  • Disclosure of the applicant's undergraduate and graduate GPA (permission for the Office of Admissions to disclose this information to the Goldberg Scholarship Committee needs to be granted in writing)
  • Demonstrates financial need (must submit the FAFSA)

Judith A. Kasdan Memorial Scholarship

Judith A. Kasdan (1946-2013) graduated from Duquesne law school in 2003. Prior to law school, Judi taught at two Pittsburgh Public Schools, before staying at home to raise her three daughters. She had a great passion for helping others and returned to law school at age 53 to gain the tools and knowledge to better serve those in need. Following her graduation from law school, she became a public defender in Allegheny County. Judi also was a tireless community leader, serving as the President of the National Council of Jewish Women of Pittsburgh, volunteering her time to improve the children's waiting room at the Allegheny County's Family Court Division and helping victims of domestic violence, amongst other worthy projects.

Criteria

  • Demonstrates a commitment to public service and social justice
  • Will add racial and/or ethnic diversity to the class (preferred, not required)
  • Is a non-traditional student (preferred, not required)

To apply, applicants must submit

  • A personal statement (500-word limit) explaining the applicant's commitment to public service and social justice, financial need or hardship, and any other information that explains why the applicant is a good candidate for the scholarship
  • Demonstrates significant financial need (must submit the FAFSA)
  • A list of 2 references (including name, relationship to applicant, phone number, and e-mail address)
  • Resume 

The Susan Yohe Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition Scholarship

The Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition (PLDIC), has created the Susan Yohe PLDIC Scholarship to honor Susan Yohe's lifetime of service to championing and furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Pittsburgh legal community. Yohe is one of the PLDIC's founders and served as its Executive Director from its inception in 2017 until her retirement in July 2021. PLDIC member Duquesne Light Company has committed to funding the Coalition's portion of the scholarship. 

One recipient a year will receive a $10,000 tuition scholarship. The scholarship will be renewed for the second and third year of law school as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing.

Recipients of the Susan Yohe PLDIC Scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. Preference shall be given to individuals from underrepresented groups who demonstrate financial need. Future Susan Yohe PLDIC Scholars will also be invited to meet with the PLDIC Board of Directors, the PLDIC Executive Director, the Deans of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and Duquesne University School of Law, and leadership from Duquesne Light Company. They will be highlighted and introduced to the 42 PLDIC member organizations through the PLDIC newsletter, social media, and at the PLDIC Annual Members Meeting. Additionally, as more law students are named Susan Yohe PLDIC Scholars, the PLDIC will develop an alumni network for the recipients.

To apply, applicants must submit

  • A personal statement (500-word limit) explaining the applicant's commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession
  • Demonstrates significant financial need (must submit the FAFSA)
  • Resume

Learn about outside scholarships.