Earl Warren Scholarship

$10,000 per year toward students dedicated to becoming civil rights and public interest attorneys

The Earl Warren Scholarship is named for the Honorable Earl Warren, the 14th Chief Justice of the United States and former Governor of California whose stewardship of the Warren Court helped end school segregation and transform America’s legal landscape.

In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school.

LDF's Earl Warren Scholarship awards are $10,000 per year for three years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria) for a total of $30,000. In addition to financial assistance, Earl Warren scholars are given two unique opportunities: (1) an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project—competitive positions that are sought out by dozens of students every year, and (2) an invitation to LDF’s Civil Rights Training Institute, an invitation-only annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorneys to discuss strategies and to network.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • College graduate; enrolled in final year of college/university, or first year law student
  • Record of academic achievement 
  • Demonstrated and ongoing commitment to racial justice and civil rights

Application Process

IMPORTANT: Applications are accepted via email ONLY. All nine items listed on the checklist must be attached in PDF format to one email and sent to scholarships@naacpldf.org with the heading: Earl Warren Scholarship - Last name, First name. If you need additional space in the application form, please attach a separate typed page. Applications sent to LDF in paper form or fax will NOT be accepted.

Scholarship Application Checklist - Your application must contain all nine items listed below

  • Completed Scholarship Application Form
  • Copy of acceptance letter to law school
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Résumé
  • Copy of transcript from current college/university (finalists will be required to submit an official transcript)
  • 1 essay
  • 1 personal statement
  • Copy of LSAT score
  • Copy of your Student Aid Report [FAFSA]
  • Finalists will be required to submit a head and shoulder photograph [Passport Size] when notified