Renewable Annual Scholarships
At Cincinnati Law, we believe that costs should never keep you from pursuing your dream degree. That’s why nearly 95% of Cincinnati Law students receive fully renewable annual scholarships that range from $3,000 to full-tuition.
In fact, every year, we award more than $3 million to students like you through our extensive scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Our scholarships are renewable for each of your three years of law school as long as you maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Scholarships are awarded to admitted applicants in order to attract and retain an academically talented and diverse student body.
In the last nine years, 100% of scholarships awarded by Cincinnati Law have been renewed.
Roughly 95-100% of the incoming class of 2019 received scholarship awards. The average award was around $12,000.
Taft Scholars Program
The College of Law is proud to feature the Taft Scholars Program as part of our annual scholarship offerings. Taft Scholars receive a range of opportunities and resources to nurture their professional and intellectual growth, including full-tuition scholarship, a community mentor, guaranteed research assistant placement with faculty, an opportunity with our Centers and Institutes, and invitations to special events at the College.
These select experiences complement our robust academic offerings in the classroom and our countless opportunities that put your learning into practice. Consistent with our student-centered approach, the unique program will bring to bear our considerable resources at the University and the legal community to help you reach your goals.
But note that time is of the essence when it comes to our awards—we award scholarships to students as they apply and are accepted into our academically talented and diverse student body. All you need to do to be considered for a scholarship is complete your online application. Your offer of admission includes your scholarship award information.
To learn more about our scholarship data, or to compare our data to other law schools, you can review the required ABA 509 report.
If you are joining Cincinnati Law during your second or third year of law school, you are still eligible for scholarships once we determine what funds remain after existing scholarships are renewed.
For other potential sources of funding, visit our list of external scholarships not affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to those scholarships provided for applicants from general university funds, the generous contributions of alumni and friends of the college make it possible to award the following annual scholarships:
- Robert Seba Alcorn and Janet Alcorn Scholarship (1994). The sole purpose of this fund is to create named scholarships to be awarded yearly to a female student who possesses high academic skills, demonstrates a particularly high need of financial support, and has a great and abiding love and respect for the majesty of the law.
- Marian C. Atkins Fund II (1986). The Marian C. Atkins Fund II of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is a scholarship to be awarded to a College of Law student in need of financial assistance.
- Norman I. Barron Scholarship Fund (2012). Spendable disbursements to be used for one rising 3L law student whose qualities of leadership and integrity reflect the following values: the recipient must either be A) an officer on the Moot Court Board in one of the four Director positions: 1) Executive Director, 2) Intramural Competition Director, 3) Rendigs Competition Director, or 4) Rendigs Problem Writer; or B) an Officer of the Law Review in one of the three positions: 1) Editor-in-Chief, 2) Executive Editor, or 3) Managing Editor.
- William and Eleanor Batchelder Scholarship Fund (2013). This scholarship fund provides support to law students from Medina County, Ohio, or Northeast Ohio. It is based primarily on academic achievement and secondarily on demonstrated financial need.
- Theodore M. Berry Scholarship (1993). Established by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) to honor Theodore M. Berry, Class of 1931. The scholarship is in recognition of the former Mayor of Cincinnati's outstanding civic service, community leadership, and contribution to the legal profession.
- Charles J. Birt Memorial Scholarship (1979). Fund established in memory of Charles J. Birt, Class of 1926. Income is to provide a scholarship award to a needy student with high scholastic achievement.
- Frederick H. Braun and Carol S. Friel Scholarship Fund (2000). Established by Frederick H. Braun and Carol S. Friel, the income provides a scholarship award to matriculated students at the College of Law who demonstrate exceptional ability, promise and need. Preference is given to students who have families and additional costs associated with that family.
- Leo J. Breslin Memorial Scholarship Fund (2000). This memorial scholarship was established by family, friends, and colleagues to honor the late Leo J. Breslin '53. This scholarship shall be awarded to a first-year law student who is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati and who demonstrates exceptional ability, promise, or need in keeping with Leo Breslin's keen interest in helping others.
- The Burdsall Scholarship Fund (1989). This scholarship, established by Theodore F. Burdsall, Class of 1950, in honor of Jeffrey A. Burdsall II is to be awarded to a Cincinnati area student who maintains at least a 3.00 grade point average.
- The Michael J. Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund (2002). Established by the Keating, Muething and Klekamp, P.L.L. as a memorial to Michael J. Burke, '68, partner in the law firm of Keating, Muething, and Klekamp. Recipients of this scholarship shall be matriculated students at the College who demonstrate exceptional ability, promise, or need. Preference is accorded to graduates of the University of Notre Dame, residents of northern Kentucky, or students who were former participants in the Boys Hope Girls Hope Program.
- The John H. Burlingame Scholarship Fund (2015). This scholarship will provide full tuition support to one student per academic year, to be awarded on the basis of academic merit and achievement.
- George P. Carrell Scholarship (1959). Fund established by the will of Mrs. Olive S. Carrell in memory of her husband, George P. Carrell, former Mayor of Cincinnati. Scholarship to be awarded to a student with high scholastic achievement.
- E.Y. Chapin and Ben F. Thomas Scholarships (1954). Established by the Benwood Foundation in memory of Ben F. Thomas and E.Y. Chapin, alumni of the University of Cincinnati, who made outstanding contributions to the cultural and business life of the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Up to two students per year and six total in the student body are eligible for awards in the amount of $40,000 over the three-year period of law study. These scholarships are limited to bachelor' s degree graduates from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who wish to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law. (Inactive)
- Stanley M. Chesley and Hon. Susan J. Dlott Scholarship (2006). Annual income from this fund will provide a scholarship to be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The donor has a preference for supporting the financial needs of students who bring diverse backgrounds and talents to the university.
- Cincinnati Bar Association Auxiliary Scholarship (1966). Established by members of the Cincinnati Bar Association Auxiliary to be awarded to a student who has achieved high scholastic standing and is in need of financial assistance.
- Class of 1948 Scholarship (1998). Established to commemorate the fiftieth graduation anniversary of the Class of 1948, recipients of this scholarship demonstrate exceptional ability, promise, and need. Descendants of the members of the Law Class of 1948, who meet those criteria are given preference.
- Class of 1953 Memorial Scholarship (1990). The Class of 1953 established the scholarship at its 35th reunion in memory of the deceased members of the class. The interest generated from the endowment will be awarded each fall to an incoming first-year student. Criteria for awarding the scholarship include financial need and academic merit.
- Class of 1957 Scholarship (1989). In honor of 30 years of distinguished practice, the members of the Class of 1957 established the Class of 1957 30/30 Scholarship Fund. The interest generated from this endowment will be awarded each fall to an incoming first-year student. Criteria for awarding the scholarship include financial need and academic merit.
- Class of 1958 Scholarship (1990). Following the tradition set by the Class of 1957, the members of the Class of 1958 established the Class of 1958 30/30 Scholarship Fund. The interest generated from this endowment will be awarded each fall to an incoming first-year student. Criteria for awarding the scholarship include financial need and academic merit.
- Class of 1966 Scholarship. The Class of 1966 scholarship is awarded to a matriculated College of Law student each year based upon a student's demonstrated exceptional ability, promise and financial need. The scholarship is meant to be renewable at the end of each year until the student graduates from the College of Law.
- William R. Collins Scholarships (1962). Endowed by Mrs. William R. Collins and J. Rawson Collins in memory of William R. Collins, an outstanding member of the Cincinnati Bar, these scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, legal aptitude, and need of financial support for legal education.
- Thomas H. Darby Scholarship (1941). Fund established by Mrs. Darby in memory of her husband, the Honorable Thomas H. Darby. The income from this fund is used to aid worthy students in need of financial assistance at the College.
- Ann M. Davis Memorial Scholarship (1970). Fund established under the will of Ann M. Davis to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving student.
- Judge Rupert Aull Doan Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established in memory of Judge Doan by his wife Sue Doan, daughter Holly Doan Spraul '88, and son-in-law Daniel G. Spraul '82. Judge Doan's family created this scholarship to honor his memory and to support students who not only excel academically but also bring vitality, individuality, and independence to the practice of law. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student who has experience, achievement, or character that enriches the College of Law's student body and ultimately the legal community.
- Edwin P. and Polly M. Drury Scholarship Fund (2001). Established by Edwin P. and Polly M. Drury this scholarship is awarded to matriculated students at the College of Law who demonstrate exceptional need, ability, or promise.
- C. Thomas and Fay Danner Dupuis Public Service Scholarship. This award is made to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, strong leadership, exemplary personal behavior and financial need in pursuing a legal education. The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have served a minimum of two years on active duty and has been honorably discharged or separated.
- Florence Straus Fabe Scholarship (1982) and George Van Antwerp Fabe Scholarship (1991). Established by George Fabe, Class of 1981. Annual income from these two scholarship funds will provide scholarships to be awarded on the basis of legal aptitude and financial need. The donor has a preference for supporting the financial needs of students who bring diverse backgrounds and talents to the university.
- Robert and Laura Fogarty Scholarship Fund (2012). This fund will be used to assist students from Northeast Ohio including Akron, Cleveland, Canton and Youngstown.
- The Christine E. Gardner Memorial Endowment (1997). This scholarship will be awarded to a College of Law student who has demonstrated personal leadership and/or community service through their endeavors prior to attending law school, and have the potential and/or interest to serve as energetic and effective community leaders after graduation.
- Robert P. Goldman Scholarship (1977). Established in memory of Robert P. Goldman by the trustees of the AB, Dolly and Ralph Cohen Foundation and Mr. Goldman's family. The fund income is to provide a scholarship for a worthy student with an interest in city government.
- William J. Graham, Jr., Memorial Fund (1977). Established in memory of William J. Graham, Jr., by contributions of his friends. Income from the fund is to provide scholarship assistance to students with superior academic achievement and financial need.
- Charles A. Groom Scholarship (1991). Income from this scholarship fund is to be used for a worthy student in need of financial assistance.
- The Norman and Cheryl Gutmacher Endowed Scholarship Fund (2011).This scholarship was established by Norman ’71 and Cheryl Gutmacher. Scholarship is to be awarded annually to a deserving student.
- Richard C. Hannon, Jr. and Carol L. Hannon Scholarship Fund (2003). Recipients shall be matriculated students at the College of Law who are also pursuing their M.B.A. at the College of Business. They shall demonstrate exceptional ability, promise and/or need, as well as having demonstrated the highest ethical standards.
- James B Helmer, Jr. Scholarship (1997). James B. Helmer, Jr., '75, established this scholarship fund to encourage students who have demonstrated high academic achievement to attend the UC College of Law.
- Jacob Hermann Memorial Scholarship (2011). This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate of the University of Cincinnati each year in memory of Mr. Hermann, who was a member of the College of Law’s Class of 1904. Criteria for awarding this scholarship include academic merit and character along with financial need.
- Mark P. Herschede Scholarship (1982). This fund provides scholarship assistance for College of Law students with high academic achievement.
- Emil Hoffman Scholarship (1968). Fund established under the will of Mrs. Meline Hoffman. Scholarship is to be awarded to a student with high scholastic achievement.
- The Honorable John D. Holschuh, Sr. Scholarship (2000). This scholarship was created to honor Federal Judge John D. Holschuh, Sr., of Columbus, Ohio. This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional ability, promise, and need.
- Carl M. Jacobs Scholarship (1965). Fund established by an anonymous donor. The income from this fund is used to provide an annual scholarship for a worthy student in the College of Law.
- Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund (2014). This scholarship will support the financial needs of students who bring diverse backgrounds and talents to the College of Law. Preference will be given to students who have completed a ‘pipeline’ program such as the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL), Law and Leadership Institute (LLI), Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), or other similar programs.
- George C. Katsanis Memorial Scholarship (1973). Established in memory of George C. Katsanis, Class of 1960, by contributions of his friends and classmates. This scholarship, in the amount of income from the fund, is awarded annually to a second-year student in need of financial assistance.
- The Robert T. Keeler Foundation Scholarship (2003). Established in 2003 in honor of Robert T. Keeler, who was a partner with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP and a distinguished practicing attorney in Cincinnati for more than 60 years. Preference in the selection of Keeler Foundation Scholarship recipients will be given to students from Ohio, particularly those with financial need and those with promise for academic and intellectual achievement.
- Robert W. Kershner Scholarship (2004). Established in memory of Robert W. Kershner, a 1934 graduate of the UC College of Law. This scholarship is awarded to individuals based on academic achievement, financial need and strong character.
- Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Scholarship in Law (1996). Established by Joseph P. Kinneary, the income from this endowment fund is allocated as tuition scholarships for prospective students pursuing primary courses of study in the College of Law. Recipients must be full-time, matriculated students at the College of Law, who demonstrate exceptional ability, promise, and need.
- Sky and Victor M. Kolodny Scholarship (1999). Annual scholarship for College of Law students who are full time and have demonstrated ability and need. Preference for upper-level students with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
- Jackson Lewis Scholarship Fund (2012). The Jackson Lewis Law Firm has established a $5,000 scholarship for a College of Law student interested in Employment Law. The law firm has expressed a preference for the scholarship to be awarded to a minority student interested in employment law.
- Thomas A. Logan Scholarship (1909). Established by George Wood Logan, Commander U.S.N., in memory of his father, Thomas A. Logan, a graduate of the Class of 1851 and for many years a member of the Cincinnati Bar. Scholarship is to be awarded to a student with high scholastic achievement.
- Joseph L. Meyer Scholarship (1983). Established under the will of Ms. Jean E. Levy in memory of her brother, Joseph L. Meyer. The income from the fund is to be awarded to a student demonstrating high scholastic achievement.
- Judge Walter Porter Scholarship (2017). Established by Walter A. Porter, a University of Cincinnati graduate, Engineering ’48 and Law ’49, to support a scholarship for a College of Law student. Consideration would be given to students who show exceptional promise and need, especially from the Greater Dayton, Ohio area, where Judge Porter grew up and practiced law for over 50 years.
- Miami University Undergraduate Scholarship (1999). The Miami University Undergraduate Scholarship was established by Lloyd H. O'Hara, '42, and William M. Junk, '46, to pave the way for future Miami graduates to attend the College of Law with the help of Miami alumni who have preceded them. This scholarship is intended to assist law students who have financial need.
- Millennium Challenge-Law Alumni Scholarship (1998). Initiated by the College of Law Alumni Association, this scholarship seeks to attract students who may not have considered the University of Cincinnati. Typically this award is made to a limited number of entering students.
- John J. Murphy Scholarship (1996). This scholarship is to be preferably awarded to an entering College of Law student with the opportunity to renew the scholarship while in law school, provided scholarship renewal standards are met. Scholarship decisions are to be based on ability, promise and need.
- The Paul A. Nemann Memorial Scholarship Fund (1990). Established in memory of Paul A. Nemann, Class of 1972, by contributions of his friends, colleagues, and classmates. Criteria for awarding the scholarship include academic merit and financial need.
- Peck, Shaffer & Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund (2002). This scholarship was initiated by the Cincinnati law firm of Peck, Shaffer & Williams to endow a law scholarship in order to support a College of Law student who demonstrates exceptional ability, promise and need.
- Northeast Ohio Law School Scholarship Fund (1980). Fund established by Mary Jane Toepfer and Robert A. Toepfer. Annual income is to provide a scholarship award for a student with high scholastic achievement. (Inactive)
- Victor Ray III Memorial Fund (1977). Established in memory of Victor Ray III. The income from the fund is to provide scholarships for students at the College of Law with demonstrated academic achievement.
- Frank S. Rowley Scholarship (1953). Established by contributions of friends of the College in memory of Frank S. Rowley, Professor of Law (1927-1952) and Dean (1946-1952). The scholarship is to be awarded to a deserving member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
- Edward Sawyer Scholarship (2006). Annual income from this fund will provide a scholarship to be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The donor has a preference for supporting the financial needs of students who bring a diverse background to the university and who have a special interest in public service and/or civil rights work.
- Francis F. and Milton J. Schloss, Sr. Scholarship Fund (2002). Established by Francis F. and Milton J. Schloss, Sr., this scholarship provides tuition for a first year student who is interested in studying as a member of the Center for Corporate Law or who is completing his/her law degree while also pursuing an MBA. (Inactive)
- Alan L. Siff Scholarship (1986). This scholarship fund is endowed by Alan L. Siff, a graduate of the Class of 1963 from the College of Law. The scholarship is awarded to that student or students evincing strong traits of moral character, perseverance, and independence, along with the intellectual ability to complete the law school curriculum. The amount of the scholarship awarded is not to exceed one-third of the tuition cost. Alan L. Siff worked his way through law school and wants to encourage others to do so.
- Judge S. Arthur Spiegel Family Fellowship Endowment Fund (1996). Public service fellowships are to be awarded to College of Law students from this fund. Recipients shall demonstrate exceptional ability and promise, as well as financial need.
- Max, Martha, and Alfred M. Stern Fund (1959). Established under a trust agreement created by the late Mrs. Martha Seasongood Stern, by the trustees of the fund, Murray Seasongood, former Mayor of Cincinnati, and the Central Trust Company, in honor of Max Stern, his wife, Martha S. Stern, and their son, Alfred M. Stern. The annual income and amounts not exceeding $2,500 of the principal may be awarded annually to worthy blind or other students of exceptional promise needing financial assistance. Preference will be given to students who evince an interest in the affairs of municipal corporations or other local governmental units.
- David A. Tenwick Scholarship Fund (2013). Preference will be given to students who were intercollegiate athletes and who lettered for at least two years, have graduated from The University of Cincinnati, and want to attend the UC College of Law. Preference will be given to basketball and tennis players. In the event there are no applicants who fit these criteria, preference will be given to students who were intercollegiate athletes at their respective university.
- Strauss & Troy Scholarship Fund (2004). This scholarship was established by the Cincinnati law firm of Strauss & Troy for merit scholarships to be awarded to incoming or current College of Law students.
- Dudley V. Sutphin Scholarship (1927). Established by Mrs. Mary H. Sutphin to be awarded to entering students with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts or Business Administration. Preference will be given to residents of Cincinnati.
- Taft, Stettinius & Hollister Founders Scholarship (1984). Established by the Cincinnati law firm as a memorial to Robert A. Taft, John L. Stettinius, and John B. Hollister, founders of the firm. In the amount of $2,500, the scholarship is awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence. (Inactive)
- Taft, Stettinius & Hollister Memorial Scholarship (1984). Established as a memorial to Albert L. Russel, John H. More, William J. Graham, Jr., Charles Sawyer, John H. Clippinger, John R. Bullock, and David G. Gamble, deceased former members of the firm. The scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, is to be awarded annually to two or more worthy students in need of financial assistance. The law firm has also provided a special one-year scholarship award of $2,500 to be made in memory of each subsequently deceased member to students in need of financial assistance. (Inactive)
- Third Year Challenge Scholarship (1997). The Third Year Challenge Scholarship is awarded each year to a first-year student based on academic merit and financial need. This fund is a product of the Third Year Challenge Fundraising Project, an annual campaign of graduating seniors.
- Toepfer Family Scholarship (1999). Mary Jane Miller Toepfer and Robert A. Toepfer created this scholarship in 1980 to provide financial support for a student of high scholastic achievement. The Toepfer's leadership also led to the subsequent creation of the Northeastern Ohio Law Scholarship in 2000.
- Harry M. Vordenberg Scholarship (1970). Fund established in memory of Harry M. Vordenberg to aid a needy student who has been self-supporting for at least one year.
- Leonard A. Weakley Memorial Scholarship Fund (2001). Established by the Robert Reakirt Foundation in memory of Leonard A. Weakley, who was an esteemed graduate of the College of Law, a respected attorney, and a partner of the firm, Taft, Stettinius, & Hollister. This scholarship is awarded to a matriculated student at the College of Law who demonstrates exceptional ability, promise and need.
- Daniel J. Westerbeck Scholarship (1998). The Westerbeck scholarship is awarded to students considering the simultaneous pursuit of a law degree and a graduate business degree from Colleges of Law and Business and Administration.
- Wil Ziegler Scholarship for Northern Kentucky (2000). The Wil Ziegler Scholarship was initiated to encourage outstanding students from northern Kentucky to attend the College of Law. Proceeds from the Ziegler Scholarship endowment will be awarded yearly to an applicant(s) from northern Kentucky with preference given to graduates of Thomas More College. The student’s academic record and financial need are also to be considered. Mr. Ziegler is a 1956 College of Law graduate and is the President of the Covington, Ky. law firm of Ziegler & Schneider.
- Guy A. Zoghby Corporate Law Fellowship (1999). This scholarship was established by Guy A. Zoghby for a full-time student who demonstrates exceptional ability, promise and need. This scholarship is only for one year, but any previous recipient is eligible to be considered for additional years under the same terms and conditions as other eligible students.
Outside of the College of Law, many scholarship opportunities are made available from external groups, organizations and individuals. The following is a list of opportunities not affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Law:
Other Scholarship Opportunities
- ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Program
- Alabama Law Foundation
- American Association of Law Libraries
- American Association of University Women
- American Indian Graduate Center
- American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation
- Association on American Indian Affairs
- Attorney-CPA Foundation
- Berks County Community Foundation
- Black Collegian
- Community Foundation of Shelby County
- Cornell University - Graduate Fellowship Database
- Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
- Federal Circuit Bar Association
- Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation
- Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund
- Hamilton, Ohio Community Foundation Scholarship
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Hutzel Scholarship (scholarship is limited to residents of Warren County, Ohio)
- Jack Kent Cook Foundation
- Kosciuszko Foundation
- Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
- Marion Community Foundation
- Mark T. Banner Scholarship
- Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
- Minority Corporate Council Association
- NAACP Legal and Educational Fund
- National Italian American Foundation
- The Northern Kentucky Bar Foundation Grant Information
- Ohio Women's Bar Foundation
- Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships
- Point Foundation
- Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Rhode Island Bar Foundation
- Stark Community Foundation
- United Negro College Fund