Annual giving campaign to focus on scholarships

Support for student scholarships is essential to the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s educational mission.  This support assists the college in recruiting highly sought-after law students in an extremely competitive environment and helps to ensure the college enrolls a highly qualified and diverse student body.  It also helps keep the debt burdens of U law school graduates among the lowest in the country, which allows students to consider a broader array of employment options independent of compensation.

A significant increase in scholarship funding is essential to maintain and improve the college’s stature among law schools nationally, and more specifically in the Pac-12. While the college has maintained its status as a top-tier law school (44th in the country), and a leading public law school (21st among public law schools), the amount of scholarship funds available to S.J. Quinney College of Law students lags behind  those available at other PAC-12 institutions.  The college the lowest median scholarship amounts among all PAC-12 law schools ($7,365 versus $15,888 median), and the third lowest percentage of students on scholarships (56 percent versus the 69 percent median). More importantly, the college has the lowest median scholarships as a percentage of tuition.

These facts are a key reason the college is beginning its annual giving campaign with a focus on supporting scholarships.  Representatives from each class are sending out letters to their peers, encouraging participation at any level.  Donations can be made to the college’s general scholarship fund or many named scholarships.   Three recently established scholarships include:

Sentry Financial Corporation Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to students with financial need from underrepresented populations within the community.  Preference will be given to female students, particularly students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Judge Robert Hilder Memorial Scholarship Fund

Gifts to the Judge Robert Hilder Memorial Scholarship Fund will be utilized to help S.J. Quinney College of Law students in honor of 3rd District Court Judge Robert Hilder.

James R. Holbrook Scholarship Fund

The James R. Holbrook Scholarship was unveiled at the 2017 commencement ceremony. Preference in awarding the scholarship will be given to students who have served or are currently serving in any branch of the United States military, single parents, or first-generation college students.