Giving Opportunities: Scholarships and Awards
Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by donations from the school’s alumni to provide scholarships to second-year and third-year students who demonstrate the character and potential to become outstanding lawyers and have financial need.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Scholarship
This fund is used to provide scholarship support to students who serve in leadership roles in the Black Law Students Association.
Black Law Students Association (Auburn Hills)
Balancing the Scales Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established in 2010 by the Black Law Students Association at Cooley's Auburn Hills Campus, this will provide financial assistance to deserving law students who show a commitment to the mission of both Cooley and BLSA. Scholarship will be based on scholarship ability, good citizenship, and participation in the life of the law school.
Gerald Boston Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2000 in honor of the memory of Cooley Law Professor Gerald Boston, this fund provides a scholarship to a student with financial need who has completed at least sixty credit hours, whose academic record demonstrates improvement and perseverance, and who has a passion for the study of law, a commitment to public or community service, and has worked for positive change within the school.
James E. Burns Award
Established in memory of outstanding Lansing lawyer James E. Burns, this award recognizes the achievement of the students who graduates first in each class.
John E. Cross Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Professor John E. Cross, who established Cooley’s Trial Workshop Program, this fund provides a scholarship each year to a Trial Workshop student who best demonstrates trial skills and exemplifies the attributes of Professor Cross – high professional standards, respect for the law, and compassion and empathy for others.
Eric Ecker Memorial Scholarship Fund
Through the initiative of Professor Justin Brooks, this fund was established in 1998 in memory of Eric Ecker, a Cooley student who passed away before completing his legal education at Cooley Law School. This fund provides a scholarship each year to a student who engages in an externship involving progressive legal work, such as Eric’s participation in the Death Penalty Resource Center.
This fund is used to support scholarships for our students where most needed.
Adele I. Kessler Scholarship Fund
This award was established in 1984 by the Adele I. Kessler Foundation of New Jersey. It provides a scholarship to a current Cooley Student from New Jersey.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund
To honor the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this fund was established to provide a scholarship each year to a Cooley student on the basis of scholarship, extracurricular participation, public service, and financial need.
Meryl Markowitz Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was given to honor the memory of 1998 McDonald Class graduate Meryl Markowitz, who passed away before she could begin her legal career. It is presented to the female student who best exemplifies Ms. Markowitz and her zest for life. Preference is given to applicants with a background in providing public safety, law enforcement, fire fighting and/or emergency medical services.
Keith Miller Scholarship
This scholarship is granted to a student with 60 or more credits earned who has worked full-time during his or her legal education at Cooley. The amount of the scholarship grant is $1,000.00.
Melissa Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund
This endowed scholarship fund was created to honor the memory of Melissa Mitchell, a 2003 Swanson Class graduate. Gifts have been received to date from family members, friends, colleagues, and Cooley faculty and staff.
Michael D. O'Hara Scholarship
This scholarship is a memorial award established in honor of the late Michael D. O’Hara. It is presented annually to a deserving Cooley student who hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Eugene S. Quigley / Delta Theta Phi Scholarship
This scholarship is given by Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity to a member who has been active in the fraternity’s functions, achieved academically, and has financial need.
Rosa Parks Scholarship Fund
Established in 1985 to honor distinguished civil rights leader Mrs. Rosa Parks and in recognition of her appearance at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, this fund provides a scholarship each year to a Cooley student on the basis of scholarship, extracurricular participation, public service, and financial need.
Louis A. Smith Distinguished Jurist Fund
This fund is the vehicle for receiving gifts for a number of student awards, among them the Sol Siegel Award, the Shane Joseph Johnson Award, and the Raymond Burr Award.
Thomas L. Washington Memorial Second Amendment Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by M. Carol Bambery, a long-standing adjunct professor and former president of the Cooley Alumni Association. The fund is used to recognize student achievement in Constitutional law, with a special emphasis on the Second Amendment.
Dr. Patricia Wilson Academic Achievement Award
The award was approved by President LeDuc upon the retirement of Dr. Patricia Wilson, the founding Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC). This award is given annually during Hilary Term to a student or graduating senior who has been successful academically and has, in some way, been affiliated with the Academic Resource Center. Also the recipient should portray the characteristics of Dr. Wilson – compassion, strong work ethic, and service.