Scholarships

 

The Board of Trustees established awards for entering students honoring former deans and a former chairman of the Board. Dean's scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic promise as demonstrated by an applicant's undergraduate grade point average and score on the LSAT. Diversity scholarships support students with unusual backgrounds including those who have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. Additional endowed, named scholarships are awarded in the fall semester according to provisions established in agreement between the donor and the law school. These endowed scholarships are:

The Milton A. Abelove '36 Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a first-, second- or third-year student in good academic standing with financial need, with preference given to any applicant interested in racing and gaming law, in trial practice, or entrepreneurship or real estate law. Family and friends of Mr. Abelove raised money in 1987 to endow a loan fund which, with the agreement of his children, was converted into a scholarship in 2006.

The American Express Scholarship, established in 1988 by American Express, is an annual award for students with financial need.

The Hon. Felix J. Aulisi '24 Memorial Scholarship, named for an Associate Justice of the New York State Appellate Division and Justice of the New York State Supreme Court for the Fourth Judicial District, was established by gifts from family and friends in 1976. Awarded annually to students with financial need, preference is given to students from Montgomery County, Fulton County, or the Fourth Judicial District.

The Ayco - Albany Law School Alumni Scholarship was established in 1989 by graduates of the law school employed by Ayco, a company offering financial counseling and education services. It is awarded annually to students with an interest in tax or tax-related areas demonstrated through prior work experience, courses, credits, or other means.

The Joseph N. Barnett '29 Memorial Scholarship, established by Mr. Barnett's wife and sons, is awarded annually to an upper-class student with financial need from Montgomery, Schenectady or Albany County who is in good academic standing. Mr. Barnett practiced law in Utica, N.Y., for 47 years and served as president of the Montgomery County Bar Association and as a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association.

The Eva E. Bastow and Honorable Earle C. Bastow '19 Memorial Scholarship was established in1994 by the estate of Mary E. Bastow, widow of Judge Bastow, presiding justice of the Supreme Court Appellate Division's Fourth Department in Rochester, N.Y., before his retirement in 1970. The scholarship, named in honor of the judge and his mother, is intended for deserving students.

The Louis G. and Carmela M. Bianchi Scholarship is awarded annually to students with financial need. Mr. and Mrs. Bianchi, parents of Gina L. Bianchi, Esq. '91, established the scholarship in 1995.

The Justice Isadore Bookstein Scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees in honor of Judge Bookstein, a lecturer at the law school and a former member of the Board of Trustees. A 3-year scholarship awarded to entering students, it was partly funded by gifts from alumni and friends.

The Leo W. Breed '21 and Helen E. Breed Scholarship was established by the will of Helen E. Breed, in memory of her husband, Leo W. Breed, in 1983. It is awarded annually.

The Charles Ward Brown '27 and Mary Furlong Brown Scholarship is an award for students who are residents of Schenectady County, N.Y. Established in 1995 by the estate of Mary F. Brown, it is named for her and her husband, a former corporation counsel for the City of Schenectady and president of the Schenectady County Bar Association.

The John A. '48 and Virginia C. Buyck Scholarship was established in 1996 by Mr. Buyck and is intended for students with financial need with preference given to residents of Monroe County, N.Y., or a contiguous county.

The Justice Anthony V. Cardona '70 Memorial Scholarship was established by the Albany Law School Board of Trustees to honor the legacy of Justice Cardona.  In addition to gifts from members of the Board, many donations were received from the judge's family, friends, and colleagues.  In keeping with the spirit of Justice Cardona's life, the scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who displays a strong sense of citizenship, spirit, and desire to make a meaningful contribution to the legal profession and to society.

The Forrest N. Case Jr. '57 Scholarship was endowed in 2001 through gifts of family and friends in honor of Mr. Case, partner in an Albany law firm, who was elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1957. It is awarded annually to graduates of Union College with financial need.

The Dawn M. Chamberlaine Scholarship was endowed in 1997 by Ms. Chamberlaine, former Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at Albany Law. It is awarded annually to a first-, second- or third-year student with significant financial need who is in good academic standing.

The Christopher S. Chow '93 Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2008 by Mrs. Mei Y. Chow in memory of her son, Christopher S. Chow. It is designated for students in good academic standing with financial need.

The Class of 1991 Scholarship, endowed by members of the 1991 graduating class of Albany Law School, is awarded annually to students with financial need.

The Andrew V. Clements Scholarship, an award for entering students, was established by the Board of Trustees and was supported in part by funds from alumni and friends. Mr. Clements was a former dean of the law school.

The Judge John J. Clyne '53 Memorial Scholarship, named for a well-known Albany County judge, was established by the Board of Trustees in 1998 and partly funded through memorial gifts from family and friends. It is awarded annually to students with financial need.

The Elaine M. and Myron J. Cohn '36 Scholarship is an award for a first-, second- or third-year student in good academic standing who demonstrates significant financial need. The scholarship was funded through planned gifts established by Mr. Cohn, a practicing attorney in Schenectady, N.Y., for more than 50 years, and his wife as well as with memorial contributions from family and friends.

The William J. Crangle, Class of 1908 Memorial Scholarship, established in 1997 by Mr. Crangle's son, Hon. William J. Crangle Jr. '39, is awarded annually to incoming through third-year students with financial need and to incoming students with merit.

The Hon. Richard J. Daronco '56 Memorial Scholarship is named for a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York who was murdered in 1988 by the father of a disgruntled plaintiff. The scholarship, endowed with memorial gifts from family and friends, is awarded annually to students with financial need, with preference given to Westchester County residents.

The Dewar Scholarship is awarded annually to Albany Law School students who are graduates of Oneonta High School in New York State. It was endowed through a 1990 grant from the Dewar Foundation.

The Doling Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 with a gift from Stuart P. Doling, Esq. '39 and his wife, Ann. It is an annual scholarship for first-, second-, or third-year students in good academic standing and with demonstrated financial need and is renewed annually provided the students remain in good academic standing.

The J. Francis Doyle '63 Scholarship was established in 1984 by memorial gifts from colleagues of J. Francis Doyle, along with matching funds from General Electric. Mr. Doyle was Group Counsel of the Turbine Business Group of General Electric Company in Schenectady, N.Y., and a recognized authority in the field of international law. It is awarded annually to students with financial need from Schenectady County or the Capital District.   

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to students from Cayuga County, N.Y., or, in the event there are no candidates from Cayuga County, the fund is then open to students from Onondaga County. It was established through a gift from the Emerson Foundation and was first awarded in 2006.

The Equality & Justice Scholarship was established by Mark Siemens '91 in memory of his husband and best friend, Matthew J. Crawford.  This scholarship, the first of its kind at Albany Law School, will be awarded to a student who has shown academic success and a commitment to equal rights and justice for the LGBTQ community, and who has demonstrated an intent to promote the rights of the LGBTQ community in the practice of law.

The J. Newton Fiero Scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees in honor of a former dean of the law school. It was funded in part by support from funds inaugurated by alumni and friends and is awarded annually to entering students.

The Hon. John M. Finnerty '65 Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to first-, second- or third-year students in good academic standing with significant financial need. Preference is given to any applicant who is a graduate of a high school located in Steuben County, N.Y., and if no such candidate meets the criteria, then to any applicant who is a graduate of a high school located in Chemung County, N.Y., and/or to a married applicant. It was established through funding provided by family, friends and Corning Glass Works Foundation associates of the widow of Steuben County Judge Finnerty, who died in 1991.

The Seymour Fox '49 Scholarship Fund is an annual award for first-, second- or third-year students in good academic standing and with significant financial need. It was established in 2007 through a gift from Mr. Fox, a prominent Troy, N.Y., attorney.

The James E. Frankel '73 Scholarship was established in 1990 through a gift from Mr. Frankel, partner in a New York City law firm. It is awarded annually to a third-year student with demonstrated financial need and an interest in construction law. Preference is given to students with background degrees in architecture, engineering, or a related field.

The Elizabeth F. and Russell A. Freeman '57 Scholarship is awarded annually to students with financial need. It was established in 1996 by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Freeman and increased by additional gifts from their son and daughter.

The David Greenberg Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually with preference given to students from Rockland County, N.Y. It was established in 2005 by Associate Dean Patricia E. Salkin in honor of her uncle.

The Dale Gutekunst Memorial Scholarship, intended for students with financial need, was established in 1993 by Eugenia Gutekunst in memory of her son, Dale, who died in an automobile accident in 1972, during his second year at Albany Law School. It is awarded annually.

The Dorothy S. Hartman Scholarship was established the will of Dorothy S. Hartman. It is awarded annually to graduates of Union College.   

The Judge R. Waldron Herzberg '33 and Ruth Miller Herzberg Memorial Scholarship was established by the estate of Ruth Herzberg in 1994. It is awarded annually to students with financial need. Judge Herzberg was the surrogate in Columbia County, N.Y. from 1963 to 1971.

The Samuel M. Hesson Scholarship is named in honor of Samuel Hesson, Class of 1931 who served as a professor at Albany Law School beginning in 1943 and as dean from 1964 until 1975. It is awarded annually.

The Juanita and John Jackson '90 Scholarship is awarded annually to students with financial need, in good academic standing, with preference given to diversity students, and is funded through gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Jackson.

The Jephson Educational Trust Scholarship, presented annually to students with financial need, is funded through an annual gift from the Jephson Trust.

The Richard C. Johnson '51 Scholarship is awarded for three years provided the student has financial need and remains in good academic standing. It is presented to students who demonstrate an interest in contributing to the betterment of society through volunteer work in the community or an association with a non-profit organization, as evidenced by their activities before and during law school. The scholarship was established in 2005 by Mrs. Arlene Johnson in memory of her husband.

The Constance M. Jones Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by E. Stewart Jones Jr., Esq. '66 in memory of his wife. It is awarded annually to students, preferably women, who reside in the general Capital District, N.Y., area.

The E. Stewart Jones Sr. '35 Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually with preference given to students from Rensselaer, Albany or Saratoga County. N.Y. It was established in honor of E. Stewart Jones Sr., Class of 1935, who died in 2001, with gifts from family and friends. Mr. Jones was a former City and Police Court Judge for Rensselaer County and the first lawyer outside of New York City to be elected to several national and international associations of trial lawyers.

The Klare-Guernsey Scholarship was endowed in 2008. Recognizing the importance of promoting diversity at the law school, Dean Thomas F. Guernsey and Professor Kathe Klare designated the scholarship to underrepresented students as defined by Albany Law School guidelines for diversity scholarships. Students must have financial need and be in good academic standing.

The Leo and Esther Krause Scholarship was established by the will of Leo Krause. It is awarded to a first-year student from the city of Schenectady or Schenectady County, N.Y.

The Thomas LaRosa Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student. It was established in 2001 through the estate of Mr. LaRosa.

The Laurel Society Scholarship, funded through various gifts to the law school is annually awarded to student with financial need for their academic accomplishments.

The Robert E. Littlefield '52 Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is married with dependent children and the greatest established financial need, with preference given to Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, St. Lawrence or Warren counties or another low-population density area in New York State. Funding was provided by friends and family of Mr. Littlefield, an Albany attorney, who died in 1988.

The Alonzo C. Mason Scholarship, established in memory of Mr. Mason by his son, John, provides partial tuition scholarships based on academic merit and financial need.

The Arthur F. Matthews '62 Endowed Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students with strong academic potential based on LSAT score and undergraduate record, as well as financial need. Renewal is dependent on maintaining academic standing in the top one-fourth of their class. It was funded through a gift from Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Mr. Mathews' law firm, as well as gifts from family and friends. Mr. Matthews, who died in 1998, was a former official at the Securities and Exchange Commission and a former Albany Law School trustee.

The Justin McCarthy '61 Memorial Scholarship honors a former commissioner of the New York State Bill Drafting Commission who was named the youngest chairman in 1970. It was established in 1985 by gifts from family and friends and is awarded annually to graduates of Christian Brothers Academy or Siena College, both in Albany County, N.Y.

The Thomas F. McDermott Scholarship was established in 1965 by the will of Katherine McDermott, sister of Thomas F. McDermott. It is intended for students with financial need.

The Leo E. Mills '30 and Kenna J. Mills Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to students with financial need. Preference is given to residents of Broome County, N.Y., graduates of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor or graduates of Niagara University. It was established in 1991 by the family of Mr. Mills, former chief counsel and corporate secretary of the Endicott Johnson Shoe Corporation.

The Ruth M. Miner Memorial Scholarship, established in 1996 by Dorothea Setzer in memory of her friend and attorney, Ruth Miner. It is awarded annually to students with financial need who are likely candidates for the Bar and, in all probability, would be unable to enter or complete law school without assistance.

The Norbert L. Noel '44 Scholarship is an annual award for an upper-class student with financial need. It was funded in 1981 through the will of Mr. Noel.

The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to students with financial need. First preference is given to students from Delaware County and the balance is used for students in contiguous New York State counties. It is funded through an annual grant from the O'Connor Foundation.

The Richard D. Parsons '71 Scholarship is an annually-awarded diversity scholarship for students with financial need. It was established in 1989 through a gift from Mr. Parsons, former CEO and chairman of the board of Time Warner and current chair of Citigroup.

The Gary M. Peck '79 Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year student who demonstrates excellence in environmental law and related extracurricular activities. It was established in 1995 by family, friends and co-workers of Mr. Peck at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Margot M. Roberts Scholarship was established by the will of Margot Roberts who died in 1983. It is awarded annually to upper-class students with financial need.

The Stanley A. Rosen, Class of 1968, Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to upper-class students with a demonstrated interest in family law. It was established in 2003 by gifts from family and friends of Mr. Rosen, a Capital District lawyer who was included in ten editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

The James W. Sanderson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students with significant financial need who are in good academic standing. Renewal requires the recipient to be in the top quarter of the class each year. It was established in 1999 by Kathryn C. Sanderson to honor her late husband, James W. Sanderson, a nationally recognized expert in health-care law.

The Marjorie and Ralph D. Semerad Scholarship for Academic Excellence was established by alumni and friends, with primary support provided by Marjorie Semerad. Ralph D. Semerad was a professor at Albany Law School beginning in 1945 and dean from 1975 until his death in 1977. It is awarded to a Union College graduate in recognition of high academic achievement. Renewal is dependent on the recipient maintaining a GPA in the top quarter of the class each year.

The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc. Scholarship is awarded to students in good academic standing and with financial need who have demonstrated an interest in health care law and who would like to work in the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center's Health Law Clinic. The scholarship was funded in 2008 through a gift from the Silvian Foundation.

The Singleton Memorial Merit Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more needy and promising students. It was established in 1996 by the estate of Stephanie Huested, widow of Harry Singleton '27, in memory of her husband and his father, J. Edward Singleton, Esq.  

The Singleton/Huested Memorial Merit Scholarships were established in 1997 by the estate of Stephanie Huested, widow of Harry Singleton '27. They are awarded annually to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and potential who are then known as "Singleton Scholars."

The Hon. Harold R. Soden '33 and Eunice G. Soden Memorial Scholarship was funded through the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Soden. Mr. Soden served as District Attorney for Essex County, N.Y., and was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court of N.Y. in 1961. It is awarded annually with preference given to residents of Essex County, N.Y., or the Capital District (Albany, Cohoes and Troy), N.Y.  

The Henry J. Speck Scholarship is awarded annually, based on scholarship and financial need, to a resident of Troy, Rensselaer County or Albany County, N.Y.

The Stone Family Scholarship was endowed in by Christine G. Stone '81, a member of the Albany Law School Board of Trustees, and her husband, David Stone, in 2011, the year their son, Jason, graduated from the law school.  Recognizing Albany Law's 160-year tradition of honoring students and their family members who are also alumni, the Stone family gave this scholarship which will be awarded annually to a legacy student.

The J. Vanderbilt Straub '28 Memorial Scholarship was names for Mr. Straub who graduated first in his class, was a member of the Albany Law School Board of Trustees for 50 years and was twice called upon to serve as acting dean. The scholarship, endowed in 1991 by Mildred Hinman Straub in honor of her husband, is awarded annually to students with financial need, demonstrated leadership and academic excellence.

The Ina G. and Earl W. Tabor '35 Scholarship is an annual award for students with demonstrated need. Priority is given to first-year students as an incentive to attend Albany Law School and is renewed if the student continues to make satisfactory academic progress. Mr. Tabor served as judge in Wayne County, N.Y., and as a public defender for Tioga County. The scholarship was funded in 1996 through a gift from Ina Tabor.

The Regina and Leo Tanenbaum Memorial Scholarship was established in 1991 by Jay H. Tanenbaum '57 in memory of his parents who immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe. It is awarded to a first-year student with a strong academic background and demonstrated need. Preference is given to first generation Americans, if known, and renewal is dependent on the student retaining academic standing in the top half of the class.

The Jerome H. and Marian J. Teitelbaum Memorial Scholarship is an annual award for upper-class students with financial need and solid academic standing. It was funded in 1991 by a gift from Marian Teitelbaum, mother of Stephen U. Teitelbaum '75.

The Alfred C. and Rose Mary E. Turino Memorial Scholarship was funded in 2002 through the estate of Alfred C. Turino '36. It is an annual award for first-year or upper-class students in good academic standing.

The Orange L. Van Horne and Elsie Failing Van Horne Scholarship is awarded annually to students with financial need. Preference is given to students from Otsego, Montgomery, Herkimer, Delaware and Schoharie Counties. It was funded through the will of Orange L. Van Horne, Class of 1905, a resident of Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Joan Van Slyke Scholarship is an annual award for first-, second- or third-year students.

The William M. Watkins Scholarship was named in honor of a popular Albany Law School professor and founder and coach of the rugby team, nicknamed "the Watt", who died in 1986. It was funded through Professor Watkins estate, as well as gifts from friends, and is an annual award for students with financial need.

The Professor John C. Welsh '55 Scholarship was established in honor of Professor Welsh on the occasion of his retirement in 2003. Funded by friends and family of the professor, the scholarship is awarded annually to students with financial need who are in good academic standing.

The Walter H. Wertime Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students with financial need. The scholarship was named in honor of Walter H. Wertime Sr., Class of 1892 and Walter H. Wertime Jr. '22 and funded through the estate of Walter Wertime Jr., who died in 1975.

The Hon. Thomas W. Whalen III '58 Memorial Scholarship is an annual award for first-year or upper-class students in good academic standing with significant financial need. It was established in 2002 by gifts from family and friends of Mr. Whalen, mayor of Albany, N.Y., and former chairman of Albany Law School's Board of Trustees.

The Winifred R. Widmer '54 Scholarship was established through a gift from Winifred Widmer who supports the vision of Albany Law School to provide financial assistance to the most capable students pursuing the study of law.  It will be awarded annually to a student in good academic standing, with preference given to a female.

The David S. Williams '42 Scholarship was established in 1986 by Georgina Harris Williams in honor of her husband David S. Williams, Albany Law School trustee emeritus and former president of the New York State Bar Association. It is an annual award for the third-year student showing the greatest improvement between the end of first year and the end of second year of law school.