NFALA Law Student Scholarships

Apply by October 18, 2017

NFALA is pleased to announce the establishment of four law student scholarships for 2017:

• National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) Presidential Scholarship
• Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) Scholarship
• Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD) Scholarship
• Angel C. Dedoyco Scholarship


NFALA Presidential Scholarship

NFALA will award up to two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. Eligibility, criteria, and instructions for the NFALA scholarships are outlined above.

Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) Scholarship

Comprised of attorneys, judges, and law students, PABA was formed to address legal issues confronting the Filipino-American community and to meet the professional concerns of Filipino- American lawyers in Southern California. PABA sponsors community legal clinics focusing on various areas of the law and provides pro bono legal services. In addition, PABA provides continuing legal education seminars and professional development opportunities for its members and assists Filipino-American law students through its scholarship and fellowship funds and mentorship programs.

PABA will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Eligibility, criteria, and instructions for the PABA scholarship are the same as the NFALA scholarships and are outlined above.

Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD) Scholarship

Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing Filipino American legal professionals and the Asian Pacific American community. FALSD seeks to promote and advocate the interest of its community by preserving and fostering culture, heritage, and diversity. FALSD provides educational, networking and business opportunities for its members. In addition, FALSD regularly hosts and co-sponsors CLEs, mixers, volunteer events and legal clinics. The organization serves the community by volunteering for projects including Project Facelift, Dress for Success, Bagong Kulturang Pilipino – California, San Diego Food Bank and I Love A Clean San Diego. FALSD members routinely volunteer with Legal Aid Society of San Diego, providing pro bono services to individuals in need. Finally, FALSD strongly supports local law students by providing mentorship, educational seminars and by awarding scholarships to deserving students to cover the cost of taking the State Bar Examination.

FALSD will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Eligibility, criteria, and instructions for the FALSD scholarship are the same as the NFALA scholarships and are outlined above.

Angel C. Dedoyco Scholarship

The Scholarship Award is named in honor of the Honorable Angel C. Dedoyco, a Philippine judge and mayor who served his community with distinction and compassion. Since he was first called to the bar on March 18, 1957, Judge Dedoyco dedicated over thirty years to bettering the Filipino community. As an attorney, he provided pro bono services to those who lived in poverty. As a judge, he applied the law fairly and impartially in the pursuit of justice. As mayor, he used his knowledge of the law to make decisions that were ethical and driven solely by the interests of the community he served. Judge Dedoyco subscribed to the idea that knowledge of the law is power and when applied in service to the community, it gives the community strength.

The award comprises of an academic scholarship, a bar preparatory scholarship, and an NFALA membership.


NFALA’s scholarships are made available, on a competitive basis, to students who are enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school, including but not limited to, students enrolled in the Fall of 2017 (Fall 2017 enrollees should submit a statement from your law school certifying that you are a law degree candidate enrolled at least part-time). Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. NFALA strongly encourages applications from applicants reflecting diverse cultural and experiential backgrounds, people with disabilities and of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, work experiences, national origins, sexual orientations and ages.


NFALA’s scholarships are awarded on the basis of:

a. Official copies of your law school transcript (or for a first-year law student, a statement from your law school certifying that you are a law degree candidate enrolled at least part- time);
b. Resume;
c. Two (2) letters for recommendation (from persons not related to you); and
d. Personal essay.

Additional criteria may apply for the PABA Scholarship, the FALSD Scholarship, and/or the Angel C. Dedoyco Scholarship. Complete details can be found in the scholarship packet.


September 27, 2017
The 2017 Scholarship Application is available.

October 18, 2017
The application and supporting materials must be received by 5:00 PM PDT via e-mail to:

October 24, 2017
Scholarship Awardees Notified

November 2, 2017
Scholarship Presentation at NFALA Gala, Washington, DC


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