We are committed to making a Colorado Law education as affordable as possible. Thanks to our community of alumni and friends, we are able to award hundreds of scholarships each year. Described below are our gift-funded scholarships.
These scholarships (and their accompanying descriptions) are subject to change at any time and without notice as new scholarships are created and as available funding changes. While we expect to be able to award all listed scholarships, it is possible that funding or other constraints will impact availability.
Each spring, the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee sends out more information about these scholarships, including the application packet.
AMERICAN INDIAN LAW
- Frank E. (Sam) Maynes Scholarship – The Maynes Scholarship, established by the Durango firm of Maynes Bradford Shipps & Sheftel LLP, is a need-based scholarship awarded to a Colorado Law student with an interest in American Indian Law or water law.
BUSINESS & EMPLOYMENT LAW
- The Buck Family Law Scholarship – Awarded to one or more second or third year students who are interested in doing in-house transactional work, particularly in the energy industry.
- The Yaley Family Law Scholarship – Awarded to one or more second- or third-year law students who demonstrate academic excellence and are interested in pursuing an in-house legal career, particularly with respect to transactional and international legal matters.
ENVIRONMENTAL & NATURAL RESOURCES
- Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP Scholarship – Awarded to a second or third year student who demonstrates academic excellence and has an interest in practicing in the areas of litigation, water law, and environmental law.
- Frances Green Sustainability Scholarship – This scholarship is for a second or third year student who has demonstrated a commitment to working for sustainability and/or the problem of reversing climate change.
- Tom Lustig Environmental Scholarship – This scholarship, established in 2010 by Paula Connelly (’76) in memory of her husband, Tom (’74), is awarded to one or more students interested in pursuing a career in public interest environmental law. Preference may be given to those who have participated in or are participating in the Natural Resources Clinic.
- The Charles N. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship – Established by the Boulder law firm of Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C., in memory of Charles Woodruff (’67). This scholarship promotes excellence in the practice of natural resources law and is awarded to a student from rural Colorado who demonstrates academic excellence and functions as an intern in the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment.
- John & Cynthia Schultz Law Scholarship – This scholarship was established by John Schultz (’53) and his wife, Cynthia, in 2004. It is awarded to second or third year students based on financial need, high academic achievement and a strong interest in natural resources, oil and gas, energy, or Constitutional law.
- Schultz Wildcat Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship that is awarded annually to one second or third-year student who is interested in a career in natural resources law, environmental law, and/or energy law. The Schultz Wildcat Scholarship is currently Colorado Law’s only named full-tuition scholarship.
- Conscience Bay Company Scholarship - The Conscience Bay Company Scholarship was established to provide support for a second or third year law student. Recipients will have demonstrated academic ability, leadership skills and entrepreneurial initiative in the fields of natural resources and real estate.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & TECHNOLOGY
- James R. McBride Scholarship – Established in 2008 by Janet L. McBride in memory of her brother James (’64), a patent attorney, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student interested in intellectual property law.
- The Davis Graham & Stubbs Scholarship – Awarded to second or third-year students who demonstrate high academic achievement and a commitment to the improvement of the legal profession and enlargement of its contributions to the public interest.
- Ann B. Frick Student Support Fund – Established in 2013 by Ford and Ann Frick (’78), this fund provides scholarships or stipend support including but not limited to judicial fellowships. Special consideration may be given to students with demonstrated academic excellence, and an interest in one or more of the following: public service, mentoring, women’s issues, and improving the American legal system. Special consideration is also given to students who graduated from Colorado College.
- Gene R. Nichol Public Interest Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the late William R. “Bill” Daniels who was Chairman of Daniels Communications, Inc. Because of his long-time admiration of Gene Nichol, former professor and dean of the law school, Bill established this scholarship to recognize students with strong financial need and a commitment to public service.
- Kenneth N. Kripke and Derril K. Kripke Scholarship – Established by Derril K. Kripke in 2005 in memory of her husband, this scholarship is awarded to one or more deserving students interested in pursuing a career in trial law who have volunteered services on behalf of the Legal Defense Fund or other programs supporting indigent persons.
- Clifford I. Arinaga Scholarship - Awarded in memory of Colorado Law alumnus Clifford Iwao Arinaga ('62) to a student who demonstrates an interest in public service.
LITIGATION & CRIMINAL DEFENSE
- Melanie Ruth Vogl Memorial Scholarships – This scholarship was established by a gift from her estate to be awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding trial advocacy skills and who desire to practice public interest law in the office of a public defender.
- Bryan Shaha Scholarship – Awarded annually to one or more deserving students who have indicated a desire to work in indigent defense services upon graduation from Colorado Law. Indications may include, but are not limited to, participating or having participated in the clinical program, interning for the state public defender or other indigent defense services provider, and intending to work for the Colorado Office of the Public Defender or other indigent services provider upon graduation.
- Dan Barash Memorial Scholarship – The Dan Barash Scholarship was established in memory of Dan Barash (’02) by his parents, Norma and Paul G. Barash. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated interest in criminal defense work through current or past enrollment in a criminal clinic, participation in a Public Defender Office internship or externship or related work before or during law school, and/or intention to work for the Colorado Office of the Public Defender or another indigent defense services provider.
TAX, ESTATE, & ELDER LAW
- The William J. Bowe Scholarships – Awarded to students who show good scholastic ability in law school, have financial need, and demonstrate an interest in practicing in estate planning and taxation. The fund was established by fellow faculty members and friends of the late Professor Emeritus William J. Bowe.
- Colorado Bar Association Tax Section Scholarship – The Tax Section of the Colorado Bar Association is offering a scholarship to a student with high achievement in law school taxation courses and an interest in practicing law with an emphasis in taxation matters.
- Chayet & Danzo, LLC, Colorado Elder Law Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Marco Chayet (’97) and Frank Danzo (’95) of the Denver firm in 2010. It is awarded to one or more students interested in pursuing a career in the area of elder law and/or probate and estates to assist the elderly, disabled and incapacitated and their families in times of need.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & FINANCIAL NEED
- Harold H. Bruff Endowed Scholarship – Established in 2013 in honor of Colorado Law Professor Hal Bruff, dean from 1996 to 2003, this scholarship is awarded to students at the discretion of the Law School Financial Aid Committee.
- Calkins, Kramer, Grimshaw & Harring Scholarship – Established in memory of H. Harold Calkins, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates an outstanding academic record.
- Homer H. Clark Scholarship – Established in honor of Professor Emeritus Homer H. Clark upon his retirement from the Colorado Law faculty, this scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
- Class of 1959 Scholarship – Established by members of the Class of 1959 in honor of their 50th reunion, this scholarship is awarded to one or more second or third-year students with demonstrated financial need.
- Class of 1969 Scholarship – Established by members of the Class of 1969 in honor of their 40th reunion, this scholarship is awarded to one or more second or third-year students with demonstrated financial need.
- John A. Cross Memorial Scholarship – Established by the family of John Cross (’26) to honor his memory, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates scholastic achievement.
- John D. Fleming and Charles J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship – Established to honor John Donaldson Fleming, dean from 1907 to 1927, and Charles J. Kelly (’25), a prominent Law School alumnus, this scholarship is awarded each year to one deserving student who demonstrates financial need.
- Samuel and Frances Dazzo Scholarship – Established by the late Samuel L. Dazzo (’34) and his wife Frances, this scholarship is awarded to second or third-year students who demonstrate scholastic achievement and/or financial need.
- Benjamin S. Galland Scholarship – Established in honor of the former professor, this scholarship is awarded to a second or third-year student who demonstrates financial need and scholastic performance.
- Chief Justice Francis J. Knauss and Emma Gurr Knauss Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Mrs. Dorothy Reid to honor the memory of her parents. Francis J. Knauss was a distinguished alumnus of the Class of 1905 and a chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. This award is given to a law student who demonstrates academic merit and financial need.
- Charles S. and Havis C. Motisher Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to deserving students in need of financial assistance to complete their legal education. This scholarship honors Charles S. Motisher (’42).
- Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. Scholarship – This scholarship was established by his friends to honor his memory. Ira Rothgerber (’35) was a prominent Denver lawyer and philanthropist. The scholarship provides funds to a student who demonstrates financial need.
- Chief Justice Luis D. Rovira Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Mrs. Lois Ann Rovira in honor of her husband and has been further supported by the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation in his memory. Luis D. Rovira was a distinguished alumnus of the Class of 1950 and was a chief justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. This scholarship is awarded to one student who is considered the outstanding constitutional law scholar.
- Royal C. Rubright and Lynnell Rubright Scholarship – Established by a gift from the estate of Royal Rubright (’33) and other memorial gifts, this scholarship is awarded to a promising and diligent student who demonstrates financial need. Mr. Rubright practiced law with the Denver law firm of Fairfield and Woods for 50 years and was noted for his expertise in real estate law.
- Austin Scott, Jr. Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the Colorado Law Class of 1966 on the occasion of their 30th reunion to honor Professor Scott and his unselfish devotion to and concern for his students. The scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates scholastic achievement.
- Sherman & Howard Scholarship – Established by the Denver law firm, this scholarship benefits a law student who demonstrates financial need.
- Victor Quinn Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Florence J. Phillips (’84), former partner of Cochrell, Quinn & Creighton, to honor and recognize her mentor, Victor Quinn (’55), for his high level of professionalism in the practice of law. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has financial need and demonstrates professionalism.
- Moye White LLP Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the Denver firm and is awarded to second-year students who demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need.
- Kristen L. Mix Scholarship - The Kristen L. Mix Scholarship provides support to students who demonstrate leadership skills and who have financial need.
CHARACTER & PERSONAL EXCELLENCE
- John Grund Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship provides an award to one second-year law student who demonstrates the spirit of John Grund, including integrity, civility, and professionalism. The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to participate in a summer-internship program and to interview for postgraduate employment with John Grund's former law partners.
- Rodney Lewis Scholarship – Established by the Class of 2004, this scholarship is awarded to one second- or third-year law student who exhibits Rodney’s qualities of a desire for learning, a love of life, and a dedication to one’s community (law school or other community). Preference is given to an applicant committed to using his or her law degree in the field of education.
- William C. McClearn Scholarship – Awarded each year to one student who reflects his values. Special consideration is given to those with demonstrated strength of character, high integrity, intellectual ability, academic excellence, and commitment to community service.
- J. J. Witt Memorial Law Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the Class of 2001, to be awarded to a student who best exhibits qualities like J. J. These qualities include a positive outlook, a cheerful disposition, a sense of humor, and a sincere desire to see his or her peers and colleagues benefit as much as possible from their own pursuit of the Juris Doctor. Financial need may be considered.
- Gary Woods Family Scholarship – The Gary Woods Family Scholarship, established in 2010 by Sandra Woods and family in memory of her husband Gary A. Woods (’70), is awarded to one second or third year student who exhibits Gary’s balance in life: academic purpose and broad life interests and experience (including athletics and community activities).
- Class of 2008 Jennifer Lee Shelton Scholarship – Jenn Shelton was a cherished member of the Class of 2008 who unexpectedly passed away as a 3L. The Class of 2008, the Shelton family, and Jenn’s friends honor her memory with this scholarship, which is to be given to one or more third-year law students who embody Jenn’s spirit of untiring love of life.
- Clifford J. Calhoun Scholarship – An award to a second- or third-year law student who demonstrates academic excellence and the characteristics of Professor Emeritus Clifford J. Calhoun: intellectual ability of a high order with a commitment to enhance the classroom experience for all of his or her fellow students and prodigious integrity with an absence of self-aggrandizement.
- Earnest-Johnson/Christian Legal Society Scholarship – Established by G. Lane Earnest (’63) and his wife Barbara to honor their daughter Hillary Earnest Johnson, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates strong academic skills and a commitment to a virtuous lifestyle and professional excellence.
- James E. Scarboro Scholarship – This scholarship is given to second or third year students who embody the spirit of James E. Scarboro. Considerations include but are not limited to those who have strong personal ties to the state of Colorado, high levels of academic achievement, a strong commitment to public service, a high degree of ethical conduct and commitment to the professional standards of the legal profession, and a strong writing background.
- J. Brad Bernthal Sholarship - The J. Brad Bernthal Scholarship was established by the generosity of one of Brad’s former students, Kaleb Sieh ‘09, and a close colleague and friend, Jason Mendelson. Established in late 2014, the fund intends to provide scholarships to individuals who embody the spirit of Professor Brad Bernthal. The scholarship is given to students with an entrepreneurial, not an entitlement mentality; students focused on giving to others, not on their own self-aggrandizement; and students with a growth mindset who are committed to self-improvement.
- Robert M. Gilbert (Class of '38) Sholarship - This scholarship was established by Jane Gilbert Johnson in memory of her father Robert M. Gilbert (’38). Bob Gilbert was a lawyer, banker, businessman, and real estate investor in Greeley, Colorado. In his memory, this scholarship is awarded to students who embody his outstanding qualities, including business acumen, willingness to take risks, entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, integrity, and well-rounded interests and pursuits.
- Sarah L Rector Sholarship - The Sarah L. Rector Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of Sarah Rector ('10), is awarded each year to a student who embodies Sarah's spirit. Special consideration is given to students who participate in the school's entrepreneurship program with a preference given to students who participate in the school's Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
- Woon Ki Lau Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student as identified by the Dean of the law school or Dean's designee.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
- Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck Scholarship– Established by three of the firm’s alumni of the Class of 1968—Norman Brownstein, Jack Hyatt, and Steven Farber— and announced on the firm’s 30th anniversary, this scholarship is awarded to promising and diligent students and to assist in the achievement of a diverse student body.
- Caplan & Earnest Scholarship – Established by the Boulder law firm, this scholarship is awarded to a student who shows financial need and who assists in the achievement of a diverse student body.
- Philip and Mildred Danielson Scholarship – Established to assist in the achievement of a diverse student body, this scholarship is given to a law student who shows promise of achievement in the study of law and as member of the legal profession. The scholarship was established in memory of Philip A. Danielson (’55) of Holland and Hart and also honors Mildred Danielson, who worked at Colorado Law from 1970-1981, much of the time as Assistant Director of Minority Programs.
- Faegre Baker Daniels Scholarship – Established by the Denver office of the Minnesota law firm, this scholarship is awarded to a student who assists in the achievement of a diverse student body and demonstrates financial need.
- Michael A. Geller Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Mr. Geller, president and chief executive officer for Beverage Distributors Corporation in Aurora, Colorado, and the founder of Wines for Life, to assist in the achievement of a diverse student body.
- Joel H. Greenstein Scholarship – Established in memory of Joel H. Greenstein (’61), a prominent Boulder trial attorney, is awarded to a second or third-year student who demonstrates financial need and shows success in academics and potential as a future practicing lawyer.
- Don Sears Scholarship – Established by friends and family of loved and respected Professor Emeritus and former Dean Don Sears, this scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and who assist in the achievement of a diverse student body.
- Asian Pacific Bar Association Scholarship – Established by the Asian Pacific Bar Association in honor of Minoru Yasui (1916-1986), a Colorado attorney, civil rights activist, and community leader for 30 years. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving student based on financial need, academic performance, and a demonstrated commitment to educating and empowering minority communities.
- Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Louise Romero Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was created to support a student and to honor the memory of Louise Romero (’80) while also furthering the CHBA’s mission. It is awarded to a student in good standing, who demonstrates financial need, and has made or is committed to making significant contributions to the Hispanic or Latino community in Colorado.
- William E. & Maxine Rentfro Law Scholarship – Established by Professor Emeritus William Rentfro and his wife Maxine, this scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need and to assist in the achievement of a diverse student body. The scholarship is given to a student who is committed to protecting and preserving human and civil rights and assisting those seeking full participation in the American dream.
- Gordon G. Greiner Endowed Scholarship – Established by Holland & Hart, LLP, this scholarship is awarded to a Colorado Law student in need of financial assistance who promotes maintaining a diverse student body. Preference is given to a student interested in Constitutional Law.
- The Ted Woods Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was created by friends and colleagues in memory of Ted Woods (’73) and is awarded to a student who has contributed to a diverse student body, and who was distinguished both academically and athletically while an undergraduate at the University of Colorado.
- Betsy Levin - Betsy Levin, the first female dean of Colorado Law, served in that position from 1981 to 1987. This scholarship was created by Ruth Wright (Law ’72) and her husband Ken to honor the work and legacy of Dean Levin. It is awarded to assist in the achievement of a broadly diverse student body.
- Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation Jennifer Robbins Scholarship – One scholarship to a second-year and one to a third-year student who are members and active participants in the CWBA and who demonstrate financial need.
- El Pomar Foundation Scholarship – Established in 2007 by the El Pomar Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in good standing who is a resident of Colorado.
- The Jean S. Breitenstein Law Clerks Scholarship – Established in honor of Judge Jean S. Breitenstein (’24) by his former clerks, this scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year student who demonstrates high academic achievement and financial need and intends to practice in Colorado.
- Chuck Mau Scholarship – Awarded to Colorado residents who demonstrate exceptional scholastic ability and financial need, this scholarship endowment was established by a bequest of the late Chuck Mau (’32) and supplemented by family and friends of Mr. Mau.
- Moses Lasky Scholarships – Established in memory of Ida Lasky, mother of the late Moses Lasky (’28), is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding ability, dedication to the profession and financial need.
- David H. Getches Scholarship – Established in 2011 in honor of David’s commitment and service to the Colorado Law as dean from 2003 to 2011, this scholarship is awarded to students on the basis of criteria set each year by the current dean. Funds from the Class of 1996 Scholarship now support the Getches Scholarship.
- The Law Alumni Scholarship – given to a deserving student who has demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and service to the law school community. Funds for this scholarship are generated from the Law Alumni Banquet.
- Colorado Opportunities – This scholarship, established in 2012 by the dean of the law school, is awarded to second and third year students securing summer legal employment with law firms, other private sector employers, judges, and public interest organizations in communities outside of Boulder and the Denver metropolitan area.
- Robert M. Gilbert Law Scholarship – Established by his daughter, Leslie “Ann” Gilbert, to honor her father, Robert “Bob” Gilbert (’38),these scholarships are awarded to assist non-traditional students in life transitions who are trying to better their lives by attending law school and need financial assistance to achieve this goal.
- Thomas and Claire Brown Scholarship – Established by Thomas Brown (’64) and his wife Claire, this scholarship is awarded to a student with children who has returned to law school and has limited financial resources.
- Judi Wolf Scholarship – Awarded to one or more third year law students. Special consideration is given to students with demonstrated commitment to using their legal education for advocacy and representation on behalf of women and issues impacting the lives of women. An interest in the performing arts will also be given special consideration.
- Shawn Stigler and Alex Nelson Alpine Endeavors Law Scholarship – Established by Shawn Stigler (’03) and Alex Nelson (’03), this scholarship is awarded to a third-year student who has demonstrated pursuit of excellence in and love for the alpine sports in spite of the rigors of the legal curriculum.
- Harold Taft King and Thelma Owen King Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Mrs. King in memory of her late husband Harold King (’30). Mr. King worked his way through law school and became a distinguished member of the bar. This award is given to a student who is working his or her way through law school.
- Eklund Family Scholarship - The Eklund Family Scholarship was established by Carl ("Spike") and Nan Eklund and is awarded to a student who had full-time work experience prior to law school. Spike is a "double-Buff" and graduated from Colorado Law in 1971. Nan graduated from the CU medical school in 1987. Their daughter and son-in-law, Jessica "J.J." and Michael McGawn, graduated from Colorado Law in 2000.
ADMITTED (1L) STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Please note that 1L scholarships are awarded based on information included in incoming students’ law school applications. Unlike 2L and 3L scholarships, most 1L scholarship funding does not come through gift-funds. However, for reference, the following gift-fund scholarships are available to incoming 1L students.
- Judge Alfred A. Arraj Scholarship – Established by the former clerks of Judge Alfred A. Arraj (’28) to honor this distinguished member of the Federal District Court, is awarded to first-year students and Colorado residents who demonstrate financial eligibility.
- Bernard J. Seeman Scholarship – Endowed by the will of Grace Seeman in memory of her brother, Bernard J. Seeman (’17), and this scholarship is awarded to first-year students who demonstrate the highest academic credentials, as well as respect for our American system of justice.
- John and Nancy Wittemyer Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a deserving first-year student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement.
- Brooke Wunnicke Scholarship – Established by the law firm of Hall & Evans LLC in honor of their colleague, Brooke Wunnicke (’45), this scholarship is awarded to a first-year student with financial need who has demonstrated a record of academic excellence and service to his or her community.
- Andy Fisher Memorial Scholarship – Established in Andy’s memory by members of his Class of 1990 in honor of their 20th reunion and supported by the Class of 1992, Andy’s colleagues at the Denver law firm of Nathan, Bremer, Dumm and Myers, and friends and family. It is awarded to one or more deserving incoming students who graduated from a Colorado high school or who completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado.
- Philip J. Weiser Scholarship - Recipients will have a commitment to public service, a record of entrepreneurial initiative and leadership, and demonstrated academic achievement and intellectual curiosity.
- Donald S. Stubbs Scholarships – Awarded to a student who shows academic achievement and promise as a practicing community lawyer, demonstrates financial need and comes from a ranching or farming background in Colorado.