The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Full-Tuition Law Scholarship

Application Deadline:

The deadline for this year's application is March 25, 2022

Award Details:

Chicago-Kent College of Law has a long history of supporting public service and public interest law. In honor of our public interest tradition, we are pleased to offer The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Scholarship—a full-tuition law scholarship awarded every three to four years to one incoming student exhibiting financial need and a strong dedication to public service. Candidates who have not yet applied to Chicago-Kent must submit a complete Chicago-Kent application for admission in addition to the scholarship application.

This scholarship is awarded to one incoming first-year student every three years.

About Judge Marovitz:

U.S. District Court Senior Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, a 1925 graduate of Chicago-Kent, had a long and distinguished career of public service including time spent as a government prosecutor, state senator, and state and federal judge. As a teenager, the judge worked days as an office boy at a Chicago law firm, earning extra money at night by boxing a few rounds at the local men's smokers. Two of the firm's junior partners were ringside one night when the judge was knocked down several times in the first round. The next morning the firm's senior partner called young Marovitz into his office. Informing him that he had no future in boxing, the partner handed him a check and sent him over to Kent College of Law to enroll in night school. In an interview, Marovitz said, "If I hadn't been extended a helping hand, I'd have wound up a punch-drunk prizefighter instead of a federal judge." Motivated by the support he received and a deeply ingrained belief in charity, Marovitz established the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz (1905-2001) Scholarship in 1987, and supplemented it through a later bequest. The scholarship supports students with significant financial need who demonstrate a devotion to the law and a willingness to contribute to the community.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Financial need, taking into account other means of funding tuition, such as other scholarship awards or personal assets.
  2. A solid commitment to public interest issues over a period of time as demonstrated by past and present activities.
  3. Completed scholarship application and applicant statement.
  4. Admission as a first-year student to the Chicago-Kent entering class. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply for the award.

Candidates who have not yet applied to Chicago-Kent must submit a complete Chicago-Kent application for admission in addition to the scholarship application.