Scholarships – The Gift of Education

An important way to contribute to student success and strong programs

The S.J. Quinney College of Law continues to be named a top-ranked law school. Scholarships play an important role in that success by keeping the College of Law competitive through recruiting highly sought-after law students, keeping student debt burdens among the lowest in the country and supporting strong educational programs. We appreciate the support given by our alumni and supporters to the scholarship funds. Below is one of the scholarships available to the S.J. Quinney students.

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Scholarships

Since its inception in 2004, the scholarship program created by the George S. and Dolores Doré Foundation has provided important, need-based financial awards to more than 400 students at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The program builds on the Foundation’s longtime, generous partnership with the college that began in the 1980s that has provided the College with funding not only for scholarships, but also student and faculty recruitment, bar passage and professional employment for graduates, among other needs it has addressed.

Approximately 30 students annually receive George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Scholarships – each receiving an average of $2,000. The Eccles need-based scholarship fund has provided the resources needed for nearly one-third of all of the scholarships the college awards based on financial need. Over the last 15 years, the S.J. Quinney College of Law has had an average U.S. News and World Report ranking of 48th among the top 50 ranked law schools, and our average student debt has been among the fifth lowest.

“These scholarships have been invaluable to our students,” said Dean Robert Adler in reflecting on the success of one recent Eccles Scholarship recipient. “He went to law school in order to work in public service,” said Dean Adler, “and the scholarship enabled him to obtain his degree and go on to serve his community, as it has for many other students who share that goal.” The Eccles Scholarships also give students more flexibility from job commitments, enabling them to participate more fully in activities outside of their regular law school coursework, such as the PACE Environmental Moot Court program. “The ability of our law students to work together in these allied activities and programs enriches their law school experience tremendously,” the Dean added, “and it prepares them more fully for success in their future careers.”

According to Lisa Eccles, President & COO of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, “It’s a privilege for our Foundation to continue to foster the excellence of the Quinney College of Law, and to make a legal education more affordable for so many talented law students. It’s heartening to know that these scholarships often make the difference in whether or not they are able to reach their educational and career goals.”