St. Mary’s University School of Law Introduces Presidential Scholarships

Awards will provide full tuition, annual stipend to servant-leaders

The St. Mary’s University School of Law will present as many as five, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships each year to service-oriented law students, starting as early as Fall 2014.

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The Presidential Scholarship is open to any law school applicant of outstanding academic achievement, commitment to the service to others, and potential for a life of community leadership.

The scholarship will cover 100 percent of the tuition and fees required to complete the Juris Doctor degree at St. Mary’s University, as well as a $5,000 annual stipend for students in the three-year Day Program ($4,000 per year for students in the four-year Evening Program). Recipients will be expected to be active in the law school community while a student and to complete their legal study at St. Mary’s.

The recruitment initiative is one of the first at St. Mary’s for Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., who began his tenure as dean in early June.

“At St. Mary’s, we measure both quantitative and qualitative success,” Sheppard said. “These scholarships underscore our Marianist mission and the ‘value-added’ component most law schools don’t have. We not only expect our students to graduate, we want them to pursue a lifetime of leadership and successful practice in service to mankind. Those are the type of students we wish to attract.”

The Presidential Scholarship may be held by a law student planning to enter public service or the private sector, if the student demonstrates a commitment to community leadership and service to others. Recipients must maintain a cumulative letter grade of a B or higher.

The process of selection for a Presidential Scholarship begins with either an inquiry to the School of Law admission office or by submitting a completed application and curriculum vitae once an application for admission has been submitted. An interview with University President Thomas Mengler, J.D., or his designee will be required, though in some circumstances it may be conducted by telephone or Internet. For more information, please contact William Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions.

The St. Mary’s University School of Law is the center for legal education in San Antonio, Texas. It is a unique community dedicated to preparing each student to practice law with ethics of justice and service, among the commitments of the University to the Marianist traditions. Among its thousands of alumni is a range of public servants and other leaders of the bench, bar, business and communities.

St. Mary’s University repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education. St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist university with a tradition of academic excellence.