The Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial Department Scholarship Fund is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt association. Each year, the Association awards up to (4) four scholarship awards to law students of some Italian heritage presently attending law schools located within the City of New York and the Counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. Consequently, the awards require that the applicant has already been admitted and completed at least his/her first semester of studies. The award consists of $2,500.00 for each year the student attends law school, for a maximum of three years for day students and four years for evening students. In order for a scholarship award recipient to continue receiving their award after the first year it is granted, the recipeint must confirm in writing to the Chairman that he/she is still enrolled in a qualifying Law School no earlier than October 1st and no later than March 15th of the following year. The Chairman and the Association reserve the right to terminate scholarships for recipients who fail to maintain a minimum GPA of at least 2.5.
Scholarship recipients will receive their award via a check forwarded by the Association to the Law School Bursar to credit the recipient’s account or directly to the recipient at the exclusive discretion of the Association. Simultaneously therewith, the recipient will be notified of his/her selection for the award.
Applications for awards must be submitted by March 15th of the school year in which the award is granted. (e.g., For the 2014/2015 school year, all applications must be submitted on or before March 15th, 2015.) The awards for each school year will be paid on or about the time of our Rapallo Award Luncheon, which is usually held sometime in April of each year. We expect recipients to attend the Rapallo Luncheon.
Please complete and submit the application, which requires an essay indicating the source of your Italian heritage; the reason for the need of assistance; and a brief statement as to your accomplishments, goals and/or aspirations. In support of your application, please be sure to indicate any special circumstances which may have a bearing on your application or special need of funds.
PLEASE NOTE: TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION, YOU MUST PROVIDE AN OFFICIAL LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT FOR YOUR MOST RECENT ACADEMIC YEAR TO CHAIR JOSEPH R. DEMATTEO AT THE BELOW ADDRESS.
All applications and materials sent in connection therewith will become the property of the CLA and will be strictly confidential.
Forward all documents to:
Joseph R. DeMatteo, Esq., Chairman
Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld
600 Third Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, New York 10016