William Stewart Boyd Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunity for 1L African American Law Students
AAML Illinois Chapter William Stewart Boyd Scholarship
for 2022-23 1L African-American Law Students

APPLICATION Deadline Extended to September 21,2022

  • Instructions: Please complete this application form and include all documents requested.

    Deadline: Applications are being accepted now and final submissions will be accepted no later than Wednesday, September 7, 2022, for the academic year 2022-2023.

    Requirements: All 2022-23 African-American 1L law students must complete this application form and essay—detailed below—and sign the release of information that allows the AAML Illinois Chapter to confirm the applicant’s 2022-23 academic year enrollment as a 1L student in an Illinois law school.

    Applicants must submit:

    • An official copy of their most recent transcript
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a college or law professor)
    • A current resume
    • A recent photograph

    The William Stewart Boyd Scholarship for African-American Law Students is sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. This scholarship is a one-time award of $5,000 to one 1L African-American student attending an Illinois law school during the 2022-2023 academic year.

    To qualify, the Applicant must:

    • Identify as African American
    • Be enrolled on a full-time basis as a 1L student in an accredited Illinois law school
    • Have an interest in family law

    Please complete and submit this application:

  • Release of Information
  • I am currently enrolled as a 1L in law school for the academic year 2022-2023 in Illinois at:

  • I authorize AAML IL to contact (please provide the name, telephone number, and email address of the person in admissions at your law school who can verify your enrollment)


    In your essay of 500 words or less, please state why you should be considered a strong candidate to receive the William Boyd Scholarship by addressing one or more of the following:

    1. What factors in your personal background, grades and academic interests brought you to enroll in law school?
    2. What interests do you have in the field of matrimonial or family law?
    3. Are you personally interested in working to benefit families in your community? If so, how would you like to do this?
    4. Where do you see yourself professionally ten years from now?
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    • Applicants, who do not meet the qualifications and/or do not submit the completed application form, will not be considered for this Boyd Scholarship.

      Applications that lack any of the required elements—including the release of information, an essay, an official copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript, two letters of recommendation (at least one from a college or law professor), a current resume, and a recent photograph—will not be considered for the scholarship.

      The applicant, who is selected as a scholarship recipient, will be asked to sign a release to allow the AAML-IL permission to use the scholarship recipient’s name and relevant information, photographs and videos of the recipient, and statements for traditional media outlets, social media channels, website and marketing materials without any compensation to the scholarship recipient.