The Derrick Scholarship for Public Service

The Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American (BLAPA) Law Alumni Association Public Service Scholarship was created in 1994 to promote the practice of law in the public sector by graduates of New York University School of Law. In October 2011, the Scholarship was renamed the Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service to celebrate Professor Bell and his commitment to legal education, critical thought, and community empowerment.

BLAPA alumni have contributed funds to create this scholarship to reduce the law school debt burden of second year students who are members of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, MULSA, or SALSA, who have proven their dedication to the public service, who plan to pursue careers in public interest law, and who demonstrate a commitment to social justice in the best tradition of Professor Bell.

This year, BLAPA will continue to award scholarship(s) in the amount of $10,000. The scholarship(s) will be presented at the Annual BLAPA Dinner on Friday, March 27, 2015. Applications are ready for download via the link below. Applications will also be available at the Office of Student Financial Services, the Office of Career Services, and the Public Interest Law Center.

To contribute to the Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service, please go to the "Make A Donation" link on the left. Your support is greatly appreciated.

2015 Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service Application (PDF)