MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) supports law students with a passion to advancing civil rights for Latinos in the U.S. MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship Program awards varying amounts to a varying number of students per year (usually 5-10 awards of $5,000 each).

Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for a MALDEF Law School Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Currently be enrolled (plan to be enrolled by the time of the program start date) full-time in an American-accredited law school

Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

The application requires:

  • A complete MALDEF Law School scholarship application form
  • A Financial Statement Form from the applicant’s law school
  • A current resume
  • A personal statement
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • A copy of academic transcripts

The selection criteria for a MALDEF Law School Scholarship are:

  • A commitment to serving the Latino community through law, and future plans to continue this work
  • Academic and extracurricular achievement
  • Personal background and financial need


Applications are due in late January.


Stella Setka, Ph.D.

Fellowships Coordinator, National and International Scholarship Office

University Hall 1848