MCL SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships, available each fall and spring semester, cover a portion of the tuition and fees. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need and/or service to MCL and the community. The following scholarships are available for students attending the Seaside and Santa Cruz locations.

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Board of Trustees Scholarships

Board of Trustees Scholarships
Multiple scholarships are awarded each fall and spring semester by the Board of Trustees with funds contributed by them and other supporters of Monterey College of Law. These scholarships are based on either financial need or academic excellence.

Justice Phil Gibson Scholarship

Justice Phil Gibson Scholarship
Endowed in memory of the Presiding Justice of the California Supreme Court from 1944 to 1964, the scholarship is awarded to a second, third, or fourth year law student on the basis of academic achievement.

Grover Hermann Scholarship

Grover Hermann Scholarship
Endowed by his widow and friends in the legal profession, the Grover Hermann Scholarship is given each fall and spring semester on the basis of academic excellence to a second, third, or fourth year student.

Jack Kadushin Scholarship

Jack Kadushin Scholarship
Endowed in his memory by his daughter, former MCL Dean Karen Kadushin, this scholarship is awarded each Spring to a Monterey College of Law student who demonstrates the capacity to successfully complete the J.D. program and pass the Bar Exam.

Mark Hafen Memorial Scholarship

Mark Hafen Memorial Scholarship
The Mark Hafen Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 by MCL Alumni Todd Ganos and his wife Cindy. This scholarship is awarded to MCL students who have overcome financial and family hardships to pursue a legal education.

MCL Studyships

MCL Studyships
These study-scholarships were created from an endowment by former Monterey College of Law Board of Trustees member Patricia Smith Ramsey. The scholarship funds enable a fourth year student to take a leave of absence from their job in order to study for the Bar exam.

Monterey County Women Lawyers Association Scholarship

Monterey County Women Lawyers Association Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a woman in the fourth year class on the basis of financial need and service to MCL and the community.

Joanne Quilty Memorial Scholarship

Joanne Quilty Memorial Scholarship
In memory of this MCL graduate killed in a plane crash, scholarships are given to outstanding re-entry students using funds contributed by her family, friends and classmates.

Patricia Shanahan Memorial Scholarship

Patricia Shanahan Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial assistance to a woman who is an MCL student residing in Santa Cruz County.

Judge Edward J. Smith Scholarship

Judge Edward J. Smith Scholarship
Endowed in his memory by his daughter and MCL board member Patricia Smith Ramsey, this scholarship is awarded each fall to an entering student based on financial need.

Other Scholarships

MCL students are also eligible to apply for these scholarships awarded by other organizations.

Foundation of the State Bar of California Scholarships

Foundation of the State Bar of California Scholarships
The Foundation provides scholarships to worthy law students who demonstrate scholarship, financial need, and a commitment towards public service. Applications are made available in the Spring and awardees are recognized at the annual meeting of the California State Bar in the Fall.

Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship

Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship
The Fresno County Women Lawyers awards this scholarship each Spring. The winner must be a second, third or fourth year woman law student who is a former or current resident of Fresno, Kings, Madera or Tulare County, is involved in her community and demonstrates financial need.

Japanese American Bar Association Education Foundation Scholarships

Japanese American Bar Association Education Foundation Scholarships
Established to honor Justice John Aiso and Justice Stephen Tamura, this scholarship is awarded to a law student who participates in the Asian Pacific American Community and demonstrates financial need and academic achievement.

Junior League of Monterey County Scholarships

Junior League of Monterey County Scholarships
The Junior League awards these scholarships each year to women over 21 years of age who have specific degree goals in mind, and demonstrate community involvement and financial need.

Judge Mario G. Olmos Scholarship

Judge Mario G. Olmos Scholarship
The La Raza Lawyers Association, Fresno County Chapter, created this award in 1991 in memory of Fresno County Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos. Candidates must demonstrate academic achievement, established leadership ability, ties to the San Joaquin Valley and financial need and also be involved in the Latino community.

Imelda Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship

Imelda Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship
The Foundation of the State Bar of California awards this scholarship each year to a fourth year student taking the Bar exam for the first time. The candidate must demonstrate financial need and long-term commitment to public service. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Herbert Rosenthal.

Women's Opportunity Awards

Women’s Opportunity Awards
Established by Soroptimists’ Club International of Carmel Bay, this scholarship awards financial aid to women students requiring specific training or education in order to obtain a higher level career. Applicants must demonstrate both financial need and the motivation to achieve their educational goals.