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NCBP Diversity Scholarships
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The goal of the NCBP Diversity Committee is to strengthen the alliance between associations of all kinds where information is shared and cooperation is enhanced to the benefit of the organized bar, the profession, and society as a whole. Understanding that some bars may not have budgeted for participation in an NCBP Annual or Midyear Meeting, the NCBP Executive Council has established a Diversity Scholarships twice a year, for the Annual and Midyear Meetings, in order to reach out to a broader range of bar leaders, including leaders of associations for lawyers of color, women attorneys, LGBT attorneys, lawyers with physical challenges, as well as smaller county bar associations. 

Available Scholarships

2015 Annual Meeting

The NCBP Diversity Committee is accepting applicants for Diversity Scholarships for attendance to the 2015 NCBP Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. This year’s meeting will be held July 30 - August 1, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Leaders from bars of all sizes and types will attend the NCBP Annual Meeting to exchange ideas, network and discuss the importance of the legal profession.

Application & Deadlines

For consideration, please follow the link below to complete the application no later than Friday, May 15, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email on or before Tuesday, May 26, 2015. 

Guidelines & Eligibility

Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 2015 NCBP Annual Meeting ($490 for officers of non-member bar associations) and the mandatory ABA Annual Meeting fee ($50) for administrative services. Complimentary registration includes a reception on Thursday, July 30, breakfast and lunch on Friday, July 31, and breakfast on Saturday, August 1, and all Friday and Saturday programming. In addition, complimentary registration includes access to all ABA Annual Meeting non-ticketed events, including the ABA EXPO on Friday. NCBP will also award stipends of up to $500 to qualified recipients traveling outside the Chicago metropolitan area (stipend amount(s) to be determined by the NCBP Diversity Committee). Scholarship recipients must attend NCBP events; those who do not attend NCBP events may be asked to refund the scholarship. Scholarship applications are open to any of the following individuals:

  1. Officers of any of the following types of bar associations:
    • lawyers of color;
    • women attorneys;
    • LGBT lawyers;
    • attorneys with physical challenges, and
    • smaller county associations not currently involved in the NCBP.
  2. Those who have not attended an NCBP Annual or Midyear Meeting in the past five years.
  3. Bar Leaders who are financially unable to attend. This can occur from a number of factors including the size and type of bar association, the annual budget of the association and the capacity of the organization to provide professional development training on its own.
  4. Bar Leaders who represent an association of at least 100 members.
  5. Bar Leaders who, by their participation, would improve the diversity (see number 1 above) of the NCBP.
  6. Bar Leaders who are likely to continue their participation in NCBP after the scholarship has been awarded.

An applicant need not satisfy all of the criteria specified above. 


For questions about the Diversity Scholarship process, please contact Teresa Peavy, ABA Division for Bar Services Committees Specialist, at

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