2020 Justice Michael D. Ryan Diversity Scholarships

2020 Justice Michael D. Ryan Diversity Scholarships

2020 Justice Michael D. Ryan Diversity Scholarships presented by the Maricopa County Bar Foundation 

Application: MCBF Scholarship 2020

The Maricopa County Bar Foundation (MCBF) is committed to fostering and promoting diversity in the bar, recognizing that the community is best served by lawyers who reflect the diverse communities and clients they will serve and bring varying points of view to solving legal problems. By creating and funding the Justice Michael D. Ryan Scholarships, the MCBF seeks to encourage and support ambitious and talented law school students from diverse backgrounds as they become leaders in the legal profession.

The MCBF will award a scholarship in amount of up to $3,500 to a law student of diverse background who displays an exceptional commitment to both public service and promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Criteria Considerations

  • Record of academic achievement.
  • Involvement in civic or other programs that promote diversity and/or assist diverse populations.
  • Commitment to practicing law in Maricopa County, Arizona.
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Any other criteria considered relevant by the Board of Trustees of the MCBF.


  • Be a law student at Arizona State University enrolled in the 2020-2021 academic year, with an expected graduation in 2021 or 2022.
  • Be of a diverse background (race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic status, disability, or any factor considered relevant by the MCBF).

Requirements Continued

  • Complete and sign this application in its entirety, and submit: (a) a current resume, (b) a copy of your complete law school transcript and complete undergraduate transcript. Unofficial transcript copies are acceptable.
  • Submit a letter of interest describing your financial need, your interest in public service, your commitment to enriching the diversity of the legal profession, and your interest in post-graduate legal practice in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Deadline and Application Procedure

Deadline for submitting resume, letter of interest, transcripts, and the attached completed application is Friday, November 20, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Materials should be submitted in one PDF-formatted file via electronic mail to Laurie Williams at lwilliams@maricopabar.org.

Application: MCBF Scholarship 2020