2021 Scholarships

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington is pleased to announce that we are offering a variety of scholarships to law students and recent graduates.  The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruptions to the education, life and career plans of many law students and recent graduates. In these difficult times, SABAW is committed to support and encourage law students to continue their education and become part of our legal community. 

General Criteria: All applicants must be current law students (inclusive of entering 1Ls) or recent graduates (class of 2021); must demonstrate ties to and ideally leadership within the South Asian community; and must not be a current recipient of another SABAW Scholarship (including the SABAW-funded API-Chaya stipend).  

Application Instructions: Applications are due by Monday, October 4, 2021.  Please email your résumé and a cover letter (one page or less) to SABAW Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Shelly Mittal at both of the following email addresses: info@sabaw.org and shelly.mittal111gmail.com.  In your cover letter, please (1) designate for which scholarship you are applying, and also address (2) your connection with and/or leadership within the South Asian community, (3) how the funds will personally benefit you, (4) your future plans to continue to engage with and serve the South Asian community, and (5) disclose any other scholarships, awards, or other financial support they are currently receiving from SABAW or other organizations.  As an example, 2019 public interest scholarship recipient was a South Asian law student, active member of her school’s law student minority affinity group, participant in the Joint Mentorship Program, had arranged to volunteer with a domestic violence legal services organization benefiting the South Asian community, and planned to continue this work either through pro bono service or through a public service career. 

Scholarship Categories & Award-Specific Criteria:

  • $2000 Law Student Leadership Scholarship: This scholarship is intended for a currently enrolled law student, including entering 1Ls or LLMs who have demonstrated leadership in service to the South Asian community.

  • $2000 Public Service Scholarship:  This scholarship is intended for either a currently enrolled law student or recent graduate (class of 2021) who has engaged or will engage in public interest work or in service to the South Asian community in the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

  • $2000 Bar Stipend Award: This scholarship is intended for any law student or attorney, who plans to take the Washington Bar in 2022. 

*SABAW may award more than one scholarship in each category, or may reallocate funds from one category to another, depending upon the applications received.

**Scholarships will be awarded at the 2021 SABAW Banquet on October 22, 2021.