Thursday, March 22, 2007

2007 NFPA/Thomson West Scholarship Applications Now Available

Every year, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and Thomson West award two scholarships totaling $5,000 to paralegal students in the United States. The first prize scholarship is $3,500; the second prize is $1,500. The winners receive their awards at the annual convention, this year to be held in Tampa, Fla. Thomson West provides a travel stipend so the winners can attend.

Winners are selected based on scholastic excellence, participation in campus and paralegal program leadership activities, community service, and their writing sample. Applicants will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from a paralegal program instructor or employer, a transcript to prove a B or higher average, and references. Applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked by August 1, 2007.

In 2003, I was fortunate enough to receive the first prize scholarship, which greatly helped defray the costs of my paralegal education. Since the convention was in Newport, R.I., I drove and was reimbursed for my mileage and hotel room, and I was able to attend the seminars, luncheon, and social event free of charge. I had a great time, met some very interesting paralegals practicing in fascinating areas of law (like Native American tribal law), and got to see how NFPA conducts their meetings. West also presented me with a plaque and a giant (fake) check.

The application form can be downloaded here (PDF file).

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