Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarship opportunities for fall 2022 admitted students.

  • Deadline to apply: March 1
  • Submit all materials to: stokanm1@duq.edu

 

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 who demonstrate significant financial need. Read about the life and legacy of Mr. Edward Goldberg.

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)

In addition to the above criteria, the amount of the award will be determined after applications are reviewed. 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.

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 significant financial need;
  • 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.
  • A list of 2 references (including name, relationship to applicant, phone number, and e-mail address).
  • Resume

 

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; and,
  • Resume