The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Announces the Release of its 2010-2011 Scholarship and Awards Applications
Washington, D.C. (November 26, 2010) - One of the objectives of The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social goals of Black students. To accomplish this goal, NBLSA provides annual scholarships and awards to deserving students who have demonstrated a strong desire and ability to succeed. NBLSA is pleased to announce that its 2010-2011 scholarship and award applications are now available on its website at www.nblsa.org.
The scholarships and awards are available to NBLSA members, other current law students and college students who are members of NBLSA's College Student Division (CSD). Applicants will be evaluated based on a variety of factors including essay submission, strong leadership ability, commitment to diversity, and promise as future leaders of the legal profession, among others.
The various awards and scholarships are:
• Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship - Mr. Pulliam served as NBLSA's National Chair from 1998 to 1999 and was a dedicated attorney and community activist. This award will recognize a NBLSA member who exemplifies dedication to social action and community service, and is intended to be used exclusively toward a bar preparation course.
• NBLSA Most Outstanding Student Award - The purpose of this award is to recognize a NBLSA member who has excelled academically, in addition to being active in their local BLSA chapter and community.
• CSD Nelson Mandela Scholarship - The Nelson Mandela scholarship is offered exclusively to (2) CSD members to be applied towards law school expenses.
• Oliver Hill Social Action Award - This award is given to individuals who are active in their communities, advocating on behalf of NBLSA's social justice initiatives.
• Johnnie Cochran Social Consciousness Award - This award is given to BLSA chapters whose initiatives best represent Johnnie Cochran's work in the legal community.
"NBLSA has been a dedicated and integral part of the community for almost 43 years," said Robert Elliott, II, NBLSA's National Director of the College Student Division. "Our scholarships and awards assist current law students in their continued pursuit of legal careers, and help to support and develop future legal professionals and advocates of social justice. We encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities, and look forward to announcing the recipients."
To apply, interested individuals should visit the NBLSA website at www.nblsa.org to download application forms and additional information to determine eligibility.
About The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA):
Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national, non-profit organization created and designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students; foster and encourage professional competence; focus upon the relationship of the Black attorney to the American legal system; instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the Black community; utilize member expertise to initiate a change within the legal system that will make it more responsive to the needs and concerns of the Black community; and do any and all things necessary and lawful in order to accomplish these goals.
NBLSA is the largest student-run organization in America and has approximately 200 chapters at law schools throughout the country. This represents almost every ABA accredited law school, plus several non-accredited law schools. These chapters represent nearly 6,000 Black law students in six regions that encompass 48 states including Hawaii and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Recently, NBLSA has established an international connection with Black law students in Canada, England, South Africa, and the Bahamas who have decided to model their student organizations after NBLSA.