NCBP Diversity Scholarships
NCBP offers Diversity Scholarships twice a year in order to reach out to a broader range of bar leaders, including leaders of associations for lawyers of color, women attorneys, LGBT attorneys, lawyers with physical challenges, as well as smaller county bar associations. Understanding that some bars may not have budgeted for participation in an NCBP annual or midyear meeting, the NCBP Executive Council has established a scholarship for the leaders of such bars. The goal is to initiate an alliance between associations of all kinds where information is shared and cooperation is enhanced to the benefit of the organized bar, the profession, and society as a whole. Please read on for details about scholarship guidelines, qualifications, and the application process.
2014 Midyear Meeting Scholarships Available
NCBP is currently accepting applicants for 10 Diversity Scholarships for attendance at the 2014 Midyear Meeting in Chicago, IL. The Midyear Meeting will be held February 6-8, at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Leaders from bars of all sizes and types will attend the NCBP Midyear Meeting to exchange ideas, network, and discuss issues of importance to the legal profession.
The scholarship application deadline has ended and the committee will meet to select applicants. Applicants will be notified on or before Friday, December 27, 2013.
NCBP Diversity scholarship recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 2014 Midyear Meeting ($475 for officers of non-member bar associations). Complimentary registration includes breakfast, lunch and reception on Friday, February 7, and breakfast on Saturday, February 8, and all Friday and Saturday NCBP Midyear Meeting programming. In addition, NCBP complimentary registration includes access to all ABA Midyear Meeting non-ticketed events. NCBP will award stipends of up to $600 to scholarship recipients traveling from outside the Chicago metropolitan area which may be used to cover travel costs.*
*Subject to NCBP approval. A $600 stipend check will be issued to the scholarship recipient after the Midyear Meeting only. Recipients must complete an NCBP Meeting reimbursement form and enclose travel receipts to receive the stipend check.
In considering the award of NCBP scholarship assistance, preference will be given to applicants who:
1. are officers of any of the following types of bar associations for: lawyers of color; women attorneys; LGBT lawyers; attorneys with physical challenges, and smaller county associations not currently involved in the NCBP.
2. have not attended an NCBP Annual or Midyear Meeting in the past five years.
3. are financially unable to attend. This can occur from a number of factors including the size and type of bar association, the annual budget of the association and the capacity of the organization to provide professional development training on its own.
4. represent an association of at least 100 members.
5. by their participation, would improve the diversity (see number 1 above) of the NCBP.
6. are likely to continue their participation in NCBP after the scholarship has been awarded.
An applicant need not satisfy all of the criteria specified above. The Diversity Committee, in making its recommendation, shall attempt to award assistance to individuals who can best demonstrate that success in the application process will further the goals of the NCBP. The Committee maintains the right to recruit applicants, without promise of reward, who may satisfy the criteria listed above.
For questions about the Diversity Scholarship process, please contact Rebecca Green, ABA Division for Bar Services Program Specialist, at email@example.com.