Paralegal Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

The Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship is currently on hiatus. Offered from 2014 through 2017, the scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing a paralegal career based on an essay about why the student wanted to become a paralegal. Should Paralegal411 reopen the scholarship in future years, we will update this section of our site accordingly.

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Past Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients


2017-scholarship-recipient We are pleased to announce that Joanna H. has won the 2017 Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship. Joanna lives in Maine with her husband, their two boys, and their nine-year-old dog, Bledsoe. Joanna graduated from Thomas College with a BA in Psychology and worked in the social service field before becoming the full-time caregiver for her disabled father. With a burning desire to embark on a new career, she began looking into becoming a paralegal. She enrolled in the University of Maine-Augusta Paralegal Certification program and has maintained a competitive GPA. Joanna hopes to graduate in the spring of 2018 and rejoin the workforce in her new, exciting career as a paralegal.


2016-scholarship-recipient We are delighted to announce the winner of our 2016 Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, Nakiessa A. Nakiessa is currently a sophomore attending California Lutheran University (CLU) to earn a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Public Policy and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the CLU Dean’s List and Honors program. During her time at CLU, she has worked closely with political campaigns and environmental organizations, such as the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, to expand her knowledge in both fields. Following graduation, Nakiessa plans to pursue a paralegal career in environmental law and policy and has interests in environmental policy legislation, sustainable city plans, and environmental education reform.


Our 2015 Paralegal Career Scholarship recipient has requested to remain anonymous. She studied Paralegal Studies at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. She has spent significant time volunteering in the domestic violence field, driven by her own recovery and passion for working with like-minded professionals who want to address violence in homes, workplaces, and communities. After graduation, her goal is to become a paralegal in a litigation firm or the federal government.


2014-scholarship-recipient We are pleased to announce the 2014 Paralegal Career Scholarship recipient, Lindsay W. Lindsay completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. While attending college she volunteered with preteen girls to discuss issues such as family life and self-esteem. She discovered that she really wanted to help make a difference with families around her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and decided to enroll in the post-baccalaureate paralegal program at Madison Area Technical College. Once she graduates from this program her goal is to start a career in a family law firm or a non-profit organization so she can achieve her aspiration of helping families in need.