Paralegal Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Paralegal Career Scholarship

For students seeking paralegal scholarships, the Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship is an annual $500 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a paralegal career. The recipient is selected based on a 200-300 word essay about why they want to become a paralegal. Applicants must be college students pursuing an undergraduate degree or certificate such as paralegal studies, legal studies, or a related subject in preparation for a paralegal career. High school students are also eligible if they have been accepted to a college and plan to study a paralegal-related major and a pursue a paralegal career.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A current college student enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States who is pursuing a paralegal-related undergraduate degree or certificate program or a high school student who has been accepted to a paralegal-related program.
  • Planning to pursue a paralegal career.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, you may contact us at scholarship@paralegal411.org.

About the Scholarship

The Legal Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship is sponsored by Paralegal411.org, a leading paralegal career information website and directory of paralegal schools in the United States. Paralegal411.org provides a comprehensive resource of useful information for aspiring paralegals including career advice from more than 40 leaders in the paralegal field, interviews with current legal professionals and authors, student reviews of paralegal programs, salary data, and school information. Dozens of colleges recommend Paralegal411.org to their students as a career resource. We are proud to support students who are working toward their goal of becoming a paralegal.

Scholarship Selection Process

The application deadline is October 1st. Our scholarship committee will select the winning applicant by November 1st. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant with the best essay submission based on the quality of ideas, thoughtfulness, and creativity as judged by the scholarship committee.

The winning applicant and the school’s financial aid office will be notified by email or phone. A check for $500 will be mailed directly to the winning applicant once enrollment has been verified and a profile photo and brief bio have been provided. The winner will be responsible for following IRS rules regarding scholarships, which are available at the IRS website. The winning applicant will be recognized on this page.

Contact Information


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Past Recipients

2016: 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.

2015: 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: 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.