Scholarship

The East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association (EBLRLA) organizes a gala dinner to fundraise for the EBLRLA Scholarship Fund, a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that awards scholarships to law students who live, work, or study in Alameda or Contra Costa counties. The current president of the EBLRLA Scholarship Fund is Miguel A. Saldaña.

EBLRLA Scholarship Fund also partners with California ChangeLawyers and other donors to award additional scholarships. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the EBLRLA Scholarship Fund, visit its Donorbox site or email them at eblrlasf@gmail.com.

If you are a law student, we highly recommend that you join as a dues-paying member to receive our scholarship announcements, reminders, and special opportunities. Some scholarships are only open to EBLRLA members. Law student dues are only $1.00! Please also visit our Resources page for more scholarships besides the ones listed below.


CLA Litigation Section Diversity Bar Study Scholarship
The 2024 application is now open! Apply by Monday, June 3, 11:59 PM PDT. 

Application:

Law students are strongly encouraged to become members of the California Lawyers Association (CLA), including the Litigation Section, join for free!

The East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association (EBLRLA) and the EBLRLA Scholarship Fund have partnered with the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Litigation Section to present Diversity Bar Study Scholarships to recent law school graduates who have demonstrated an intent to pursue a career in litigation following graduation and have shown commitment to a career in litigation for social justice.

AWARDS: We will award two (2) scholarships of $5,000 each.

DUE DATE: Monday, June 3, 2024, 11:59 PM PDT.  

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Registered for the July 2024 California Bar Exam;
  2. Overcome personal hardships or challenges and shown achievement in law school;
  3. Demonstrated intent and commitment to pursue a career in litigation for social justice following graduation;
  4. Demonstrated leadership potential and a history of involvement with affinity student, professional, or civic organizations in support of their local communities;
  5. Demonstrated financial need; preference will be given to students who do not already have bar exam study expenses covered; and
  6. Member of EBLRLA. Dues are $1 for law students/recent law school graduates, eblrla.org/join.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA:

  • You may only receive one bar scholarship sponsored by the CLA Litigation Section. If you have already received or will receive a CLA Litigation Section-sponsored bar exam scholarship from another bar association, you are not eligible to apply.
  • If an employer or other entity is covering your bar exam expenses, you are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to become members of the CLA Litigation Section after passing the California Bar Exam and securing full-time employment. Law students may join for free.
  • Scholarship recipients must be committed to attending the Judicial Excellence & Scholarship Gala on October 11, 2024 in Oakland, California where they will be recognized in person.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete the application form (PDF or Word version) with the supporting documents listed below.

  • Resume. Two-page maximum. Please include any litigation work experience you have.
  • Law School Transcript. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Enrollment and grade point average are subject to verification.
  • Proof of Financial Need. Include supporting documentation to verify your law school debt and overall student loan debt. (For example, a printout of your student account/financial aid, student loan servicer, or any supporting documentation showing financial need.)
  • Essay Submission. Two-page maximum. The essay should address how you fulfill the above-mentioned purpose and criteria of this scholarship.

APPLICATION FORM:

2024 EBLRLA-CLA Litigation Section Diversity Bar Scholarship (PDF Version)

2024 EBLRLA-CLA Litigation Section Diversity Bar Scholarship (Word Version)


EBLRLA Scholarship Fund Public Interest Law Summer Stipend
The 2024 application is now closed. The 2025 application will open in spring 2025.

The EBLRLA Scholarship Fund, in partnership with the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, invites all law students that meet the below-detailed criteria to apply for a 2024 Public Interest Law Summer Stipend. This year the Fund will award multiple stipends, each in an amount ranging from $2,000 to $3,000. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Law student is placed, or searching for placement, in an unpaid public interest law role for the 2024 summer including at a Bay Area non-profit, legal aid, government agency (e.g., public defender, district attorney, city attorney, county counsel, etc.), or court. Preference will be given to applicants with ties to Alameda and/or Contra Costa counties.
  2. Member of East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association. (Dues are only $1 for law students: eblrla.org/join.)
  3. Demonstrated financial need.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to using the law to advance social justice.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to academic success and/or leadership experience.
  6. Commitment to attend EBLRLA’s Gala on October 11, 2024, at which the recipient will be recognized.

Piedad and Raul Castro Scholarship
The 2024 application is now closed. The 2025 application will open in early 2025.

Since 2021, the EBLRLA Scholarship Fund has invited qualified candidates to apply for the Piedad and Raul Castro Scholarship, an annual $5,000 scholarship funded by the Honorable Arturo Castro, Judge with the Superior Court of Alameda County, in honor of his parents:

“This scholarship is dedicated to my parents, who, alongside countless other immigrant
families, personify the perseverance, sacrifice, and selflessness of those who are
committed to advancing future generations, with no thought or expectation of personal
gain. By giving back in their names, the spirit of their sacrifices will live on, supporting
young minds who are equally dedicated to making the world a better place.”
– Hon. Arturo Castro

The Piedad and Raul Castro Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding law student on pace to graduate in spring 2024 and is designed to assist with expenses related to preparing for the California Bar Exam and transitioning to formal practice as an attorney. (Judge Castro will not be involved in the selection process.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Financial need.
  2. Graduation from law school expected in spring 2024.
  3. Significant ties to, or expects to practice in, the East Bay (Alameda or Contra Costa Counties).
  4. Demonstrated commitment to employing the law to advance social justice.
  5. Demonstrated academic success and potential to succeed as a future lawyer.
  6. Commitment to attend EBLRLA’s Gala on October 11, 2024, at which the recipient will be recognized. 

To be considered for the Piedad and Raul Castro Scholarship, please submit the completed EBLRLA Castro Scholarship Application 2024 form no later than 11:59 PM Pacific, April 7, 2024. 



In partnership with California ChangeLawyers, the EBLRLA Scholarship Fund will award two (2) $5,000 scholarships to law students/recent law school graduates who are committed to becoming legal changemakers as future California attorneys with the goal of creating a more just and representative justice system. Open to 2023 and 2024 law school graduates who will be taking the July 2024 California Bar Exam for the first time and meet the other eligibility criteria, including demonstrated financial need. Visit changelawyers.org/scholarships for the full eligibility criteria and application instructions. Applications were due Monday, March 4, 2024.

Note: California ChangeLawyers also has a 1L Scholarship program for diverse students who will begin attending an ABA or CA accredited law school in the fall; that application usually opens in June. Visit changelawyers.org/scholarships or email scholars@changelawyers.org for more information.


Past EBLRLA Scholarship Recipients

Year

Recipients

Name of Scholarship

2023

Monique Ramirez
Maribel J. Sanchez
Ale Vallejo
Nancy Alcaraz Arreola
Brisely Martinez
Kim Martinez
Ariana Camarena
Michelle Valdez Borbon

ChangeLawyers Scholarship
ChangeLawyers Scholarship
Piedad & Raul Castro Scholarship
Summer Stipend
Summer Stipend
Summer Stipend
California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section Scholarship
California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section Scholarship

2022

 

Natassja Urrutia
Karla Y. Martinez Rojas 
Yesenia Sandoval
Stephanie Roque-Hurtado

Bar Study Scholarship
California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section Scholarship
ChangeLawyers Scholarship
Piedad & Raul Castro Scholarship

2021

 

Lilian Lopez-Zepeda
Violeta Alvarez
Jennifer Estevez

Bar Study Scholarship
ChangeLawyers Scholarship
Piedad & Raul Castro Scholarship

2020

Leticia Chavez

ChangeLawyers Scholarship

2019

 

Victor Escobar Troya
Violeta Alvarez
Wendy M. Hernandez
Lilian Lopez
Nancy Avila Villatoro

ChangeLawyers Scholarship




2017

Daniela Huerta
Miguel A. Flores
Dustin Hovda Pérez
Zulma Muñoz

 

2015

Maritza Perez Medina
Allyssa (Villanueva) Victory
Angelo Villareal

 

2013

Ana (Baires Mira) Flores
Sonja Francine Marie Diaz
Perla Edith Parra

 

2011

María D. Domínguez
(not a complete list)

 

2009

 

 

2008

Lucero Chavez
Gloria (Colon Espitia) Martinez
Miguel Angel Manriquez
Carolina Rodriguez Garcia

 

2007

 

 

Updated 05/26/2024