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Law Scholarships Part 2

Scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Committee based on an individual review of a student’s College of Law application materials and financial aid report  (FAFSA). Scholarships are administered within a flexible framework which seeks to implement the College of Law’s objectives of recruiting and retaining students of high academic achievement and promise.

Scholarships containing specific directions established by the donor or WVU for award or renewal are awarded by the Scholarship Committee in accordance with the requirements of the scholarship document. The requirements will be explained in each of the scholarships listed below. If the requirements for renewal are not listed within the scholarship, then the scholarship can be renewed yearly at the discretion of the College of Law with continued qualifying academic performance. College of Law grades recorded for the fall semester will be used to renew scholarships unless prohibited by the donor. Since the earnings on endowed scholarships may fluctuate from year to year with changes in the stock market, scholarship amounts for those endowments may also vary.

Additionally, scholarship recipients are required to meet grade achievement requirements provided both in the scholarship and by WVU. If a scholarship recipient does not meet these requirements for continuation of such scholarship, the scholarship will be forfeited. However, extenuating circumstances, such as illness, will be considered by the Scholarship Committee if the student provides a written explanation of pertinent circumstances

The Scholarship Award Policy may be amended without notice at any time.


Spilman, et al Endow Law Scholarship (AKA Spilman, Thomas, Battle & Klostermeyer Endowed Law Scholarship)

Endowment income is to be used to provide one or more annual scholarships for tuition, fees and books to first year, full time students enrolled in the College of Law. At such time that the fund income is sufficient to make more than one scholarship grant, it is preferred that the first year recipient who remains a full time student in the College, maintains a B average and meets other criteria for continued eligibility as established by the College shall continue to receive scholarship assistance in later years. All recipients will be selected by the College of Law with first preference given to residents of West Virginia who express an interest in practicing law within the State of West Virginia.

Lewis A. Staker Scholarship

Endowment income is to be used to provide scholarships for worthy students who are residents of Cabell County, West Virginia. The scholarships will pay for tuition and expenses. Qualifications and conditions for the scholarships shall be determined by the WVU Foundation; however, the applicants will be selected by the Cabell County Bar Association of Huntington, West Virginia.

Steptoe and Johnson Law Scholarship

The Steptoe and Johnson Law Scholarships shall provide three (3) annual tuition and fees scholarships for students enrolled at the College of Law who are residents of West Virginia, who have demonstrated strong academic promise (including ranking within the top 20% of the student’s respective class), leadership skills, interest in future law firm employment and financial need. One of the three recipients may be a highly competitive entering first year student. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year providing the student meets the selection criteria. Recipients shall be determined by the appropriate officials at the College of Law in consultation with Student Financial Support and Services. The scholarships will be awarded in the name of Steptoe and Johnson Law Scholarship and the recipients will be known as the Steptoe & Johnson Scholars.

Huddleston Bolen-Bruce Stout Memorial Scholarship

Recipients shall demonstrate financial need and be determined by the WVU College of Law’s Scholarship Committee in consultation with Student Financial Support and Services.  A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year provided they continue to meet the selection criteria outlined in this agreement. Students must be full-time status to receive this award.

John W. Tissue & Lynne B. Klopf Endowed law Scholarship

This endowment shall provide scholarships for WV residents who are enrolled at WVU College of Law. Recipients shall have demonstrated academic promise and financial need. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year. Scholarships shall be awarded in the name of John William Tissue and Lynne Batzer Klopf.

Ben Toliver Minority Law Scholarship

This endowment provides law scholarships for one or more WV resident(s) who have experienced an economically disadvantaged background and are students enrolled at the WVU College of Law. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible to receive the scholarship for more than one year, but no recipient shall receive the scholarship for more than three years. Recipients shall be determined by the Scholarship Committee in the College of Law in consultation with Student Financial Support and Services, giving highest priority to financial need. Scholarships are awarded in the name of Ben Toliver Minority Scholarship and recipients are known as the Toliver Scholars.

Turco Family Scholarship for Law

Endowment shall provide scholarships for students enrolled in the College of Law. First preference is for a female student or a minority student as allowed by law and institutional policy.  Recipients shall demonstrate a good academic record and financial need. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year provided the student continues to meet the selection criteria outlined in this agreement.

Ellen F. Warder Memorial Scholarship Fund

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid for women enrolled in WVU College of Law. Recipients shall be regularly enrolled, full-time students at WVU College of Law with preference given to those with undergraduate degrees in education or to those who have taught in the West Virginia public school system. Recipients shall be residents of West Virginia. The recipients shall have demonstrated: a) need for financial assistance, and b) high academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of Student Financial Support and Services and the WVU College of Law.

Arthur “J.R.” Warren Jr. Scholarship

This endowment shall provide scholarships for one or more African American students who are enrolled in their third year at the WVU College of Law; have financial need; and, who express and demonstrate, by words and deeds, a commitment to social justice for all through the practice of law. Scholarships are awarded in the name of Arthur “J.R.” Warren, Jr., recipients will be known as Warren Scholars.

Hays Webb Memorial Law Scholarship

This endowment shall provide law scholarships for one or more students enrolled at the West Virginia University College of Law who have demonstrated a financial need and have academic promise. First preference shall be given to residents of Marion County and a second preference shall be given to residents of West Virginia. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year, providing he/she remains in good standing; however, no recipient shall receive the scholarship for more than three years. Recipients shall be determined by the appropriate officials in the College of Law in consultation with Student Financial Support and Services, giving highest priority to financial need and academic promise. Each award shall not exceed tuition and fees per recipient. Scholarships will be awarded in the name of Friends of Hays Webb and recipients will be known as the Webb Scholars.

Harvey E. Weiner Law Scholarship

The spendable income from this fund shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid in the WVU College of Law. The recipients shall be regularly enrolled students at WVU College of Law with first preference for Logan County residents. The recipients shall have demonstrated academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of the College of Law and Student Financial Support and Services. Recipients of these scholarships so provided shall be selected in accordance with the criteria stated above and awarded in the name of the honoree, Harvey E. Weiner.

West Virginia State Bar/ALPS Minority Law Scholarship

This endowment provides scholarships for one or more West Virginia minority resident(s) who have an economically disadvantaged background and who are students enrolled at WVU in the College of Law. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year, but no recipient shall receive the scholarship for more than three years. Each award shall not exceed tuition and fees per recipient. Scholarship recipients shall be known as the West Virginia State Bar/ALPS Minority Law Scholars.

West Virginia Bar Association Scholarship – College of Law

This endowment shall provide scholarships for one or more students enrolled in the College of Law. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year, but no recipient shall receive the scholarship for more than three years. Recipients should demonstrate both academic promise and financial need as determined by the appropriate officials of the College of Law, in consultation with Student Financial Support and Services. Preference should be given to students enrolled in the College of Law who are residents of West Virginia or graduates of West Virginia high schools.

West Virginia Bar Auxiliary Law Scholarship

Non-endowed fund to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the College of Law.

West Virginia State Bar Merit Scholarship

Non-endowed fund to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the College of Law.

West Virginia State Bar Public Interest Fellowship

The West Virginia State Bar, in an expression of support for public interest law, annually funds the West Virginia State Bar Public Interest Fellowship. In exchange for a student’s promise to take a public interest position (legal aid or public defender, for example) after graduation, the Bar will defray the student’s cost of attendance in an amount equal to the rate of tuition and fees for an in-state student.

West Virginia University Bloom Scholarship

Scholarship that pays for tuition and fees. Some of the scholarship will not appear on the recipient’s account initially. It can be viewed on the Financial Aid Resources account page until the tuition is paid.

Wetzel-Tyler County Bar Assoc. Book Scholarship

This endowment shall provide funds for the purchase of law textbooks for one or more students who are enrolled at the WVU College of Law, and have graduated from a high school in Wetzel County or Tyler County, WV. Students who are recipients one year are eligible to have the scholarship renewed provided that they remain in good standing, but no recipient shall receive the scholarship for more than three years. If there are no qualifying students in any academic year, the scholarship shall not be awarded and deferred until there is a qualifying student. Each award shall not exceed the purchase of law book(s) per recipient. Book scholarships are awarded in the name of Wetzel-Tyler County Bar Association.

Wilson et al Trial Advocacy Scholarship (AKA Wilson, Frame, Benninger & Metheney Trial Advocacy Scholarship)

First consideration for the application of these funds shall be for use in support of the WVU Scholars Program. Spendable income from this fund shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid in the WVU College of Law. The recipients shall be regularly enrolled full-time students at WVU College of Law. The recipients shall have demonstrated (a) need for financial assistance and (b) high academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of Student Financial Support and Services and the College of Law. Recipients of these scholarships so provided shall be selected in accordance with the criteria stated above and awarded in the name of the donor, Wilson, Frame, Benninger & Metheney, PLLC.

Louise Farrell Winterbottom Law Scholarship

Endowment income is to be used to provide scholarships for regularly enrolled graduate students in the College of Law.

Ernest E. Winters Scholarship

Scholarship managed by the WVU Alumni Association. The late Ernest E. Winters, a graduate of the College of Law who served as a Cabell County judge for several years, established an endowment in which the proceeds are to be awarded annually as $1,000 scholarships. It is to go to a West Virginia resident. Two awards are to be given to minority students. If all resident minority students are represented by other scholarships, then a non-minority resident may receive the award. This Scholarship will not appear on your Financial Aid Award. You will be able to view it on the Financial Aid Resources account until you receive your scholarship.

Charles C. Wise Jr. Scholarship Fund

Endowment income is to be used to provide scholarships for full-time students entering or enrolled in the College of Law. The recipients will be chosen by the Dean of the College on the basis of scholastic excellence and achievement, literary or forensic promise and leadership potential. The Dean will also publicize annually, the application procedure for the scholarship.

Ronald E. Wolff, Jr. Sch. Industrial & Workplace Safety

This endowment shall provide a law scholarship for one or more students enrolled at the WVU College of Law who has an interest in using the legal system for improving workplace conditions and making industrial sites safe for workers; and have demonstrated academic promise and/or have proven financial need. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible to have the scholarship renewed provided they remain in good standing, but, no recipient shall receive the scholarship for more than three years. Each award shall not exceed tuition and fees per recipient. Scholarships are awarded in the name of Ronald E. Wolff, Jr. and recipients will be known as the Wolff Scholars.

Women’s Centennial Law Scholarship Fund

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid for women students at WVU College of Law. The recipients shall be regularly enrolled full-time students at the WVU College of Law. The recipients shall have demonstrated: a) need for financial assistance, and b) high academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of Student Financial Support and Services and the WVU College of Law. Special consideration is to be afforded to returning or non-traditional students and to West Virginia residents.

Robert O. and Beulah “Boots” Wooton Scholarship

Scholarship managed by the Beckley Area Foundation. The recipient is to be selected by the Dean of the WVU School of Law. Selection criteria are outlined as such: Shall be a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High, Beckley, West Virginia or the lineal descendant of a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, West Virginia. The recommendation is sent to Beckley Area Foundation.

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