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Villanova Law is committed to making its education accessible to all students. By generously establishing endowed and term scholarships, our alumni and friends are partnering with us in helping students meet the costs of their legal education.

For more information about Villanova Law’s existing scholarships or establishing a new scholarship, please contact Joshua E. Liss, Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations, at 610-519-7437 or joshua.liss@law.villanova.edu.

Below is a list of current scholarship funds at Villanova Law. We are grateful for the foresight and generosity of the donors who established these funds.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are permanent and perpetual funds that create a lasting legacy and may be named for the donor(s) or in honor or in memory of someone. The principal is invested as part of Villanova University’s endowment, and a percentage of the investment income is used to make annual awards. A minimum gift of $100,000 is required to establish an endowed scholarship, and can be payable over several years.

Arronson Foundation Scholarship
Established by the Arronson Foundation in memory of Jacob and Gertrude Arronson, this partial tuition scholarship provides financial support to Villanova Law students with demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1962—Thomas S. Forkin ’62 Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of Thomas S. Forkin ’62, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1962 and family members and friends of Mr. Forkin.

Class of 1964 Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1964, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Class of 1966 Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1966, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Class of 1967 Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1967, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Class of 1968 Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1968, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Class of 1969 Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1969, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Class of 1971 Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1971, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Class of 1973 Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1973, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Class of 1975—Randy L. Sebastian ’75 Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of Randy L. Sebastian ’75, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of members of the Class of 1975, family members and friends of Mr. Sebastian, and the law firm MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

Class of 1984—John J. Morrissey ’84 Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of John J. Morrissey ’84, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mr. Morrissey’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Morrissey, members of the Class of 1984, and friends.

Kenwyn M. Dougherty ’80 Scholarship
Made possible by a generous gift from Richard L. McMonigle ’80 and his family, along with additional support from classmates, friends and colleagues, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is named in memory of Mr. McMonigle’s late wife and classmate, Kenwyn M. Dougherty ’80, one of the first female managing partners in a major Philadelphia law firm, Post & Schell PC. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Stephen D. ’73 and Mary C. Ford Scholarship
Made possible by a generous gift from Stephen D. Ford ’73 and his wife, Mary C. Ford, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student. Students will be considered for the Scholarship if they are (a) deserving of assistance because of academic merit and/or financial need, (b) residents of New England (this shall be interpreted to include candidates now residing in New England or who had a permanent residence in New England prior to attending college), and (c) demonstrate an interest in public interest legal work.

Joseph T. Kelley Scholarship
Established by Joseph T. Kelley, Jr. ’67 CLAS, ’70 VLS in memory of his father, Joseph T. Kelley, this three-year partial tuition scholarship provides financial support to Villanova Law students with demonstrated financial need.

Joseph C. Kohn Scholarship
Established by the late Harold E. Kohn, Esq., a nationally recognized antitrust lawyer who served as a member of Villanova Law School’s Board of Consultors from 1971 to 1999, this partial tuition scholarship, named in memory of Mr. Kohn’s father, Joseph C. Kohn, provides financial support to Villanova Law students with demonstrated financial need.

The Honorable John J. LaFalce ’64 Scholarship
Established through the generosity of The Honorable John J. LaFalce ’64 who served Western New York in the U.S. House of Representatives for 28 years, from 1975 through 2002, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student who is a resident of Erie, Niagara, Orleans or Monroe County in New York State, or a graduate of a college or university headquartered in one of these counties. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic qualifications, moral character and financial need.

Douglas M. ’81 and Margaret Sherry ’81 Lurio Scholarship
Made possible by a generous gift from Douglas M. Lurio ’81, and his wife and classmate, Margaret Sherry Lurio ’81, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Philadelphia law firm Lurio & Associates, P.C., this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Francis E. McGill ’56 Scholarship
Named in honor of Francis E. McGill ’56 by his classmate Arthur J. Kania ’56 and his wife, Angela, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need, with preference based on one of more of the following criteria: graduation from the University of Scranton; graduation from St. Joseph's Preparatory School; an intent to return home as a general practitioner; a strong leaning toward concentration in an estates or real estate practice.

Memorial Scholarship
This three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the many individuals and organizations that have made memorial gifts to the Law School in honor of deceased alumni, faculty, staff, family members and friends.

Minority Alumni Society Book Scholarship
Established by the Villanova Law Minority Alumni Society to help defray the cost of law books and other educational expenses, this scholarship is awarded annually to Villanova Law students on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship was established especially to assist minority students who have achieved academically in the face of significant cultural, social or economic obstacles.

Patrick J. O’Connor ’67 Scholarship
Named in honor of Patrick J. O’Connor ’67, Vice Chairman of the law firm Cozen O’Connor, this three-year partial scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of outstanding scholastic achievement and financial need, with preference given to a student from a single parent home. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Mr. O’Connor’s family and friends, including the late Arthur G. Raynes, James F. Mundy, and Merry T. O’Donnell and The Maneely Fund, and continues to be generously supported by Mr. O’Connor and his wife, Marie.

Harold Gill Reuschlein Scholarship
Established by Arthur J. Kania ’56, a member of the Law School’s first class, and his wife, Angela, in honor of the Law School’s Founding Dean Harold Gill Reuschlein, this partial tuition scholarship is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and financial need.

Marcella C. Reuschlein Scholarship
Named in honor of Marcella C. Reuschlein, beloved wife of the Law School’s Founding Dean Harold Gill Reuschlein, this partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years on the basis of academic merit and financial need to an incoming first-year law student who is attempting to raise a family while in law school. The scholarship was established by Arthur J. Kania ’56 and his wife, Angela, and the late Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 and his wife, Veronica.

Brenda Joan Ruggiero ’88 Memorial Scholarship
Established by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Arlene Ruggiero in memory of their daughter Brenda Joan Ruggiero, a member of the Class of 1988, this two-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded to a rising second-year law student every two years on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Minerva Schultz Scholarship
Established by The Honorable Sandra Schultz Newman ’72, the first woman elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in honor of her mother, Minerva Schultz, this three-year partial tuition scholarship is awarded every three years to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

David E. Worby ’76 Scholarship
Established by noted New York Trial Attorney David E. Worby ’76, this partial tuition scholarship is awarded annually to a rising third-year law student who has distinguished him or herself in trial advocacy courses and/or moot court competition.

Term Scholarships

Term scholarships are funded annually or for a set number of years and help provide students with access to a Villanova Law education.

The Honorable David W. Addy ’86 Memorial Book Scholarship
Established by the Carbon County Bar Association in memory of The Honorable David W. Addy ’86, the 17th judge to serve on the bench of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas, this $1,000 book scholarship is awarded annually to a Villanova Law student on the basis of financial need, with preference given to those who have achieved academically in the face of significant cultural, social or economic obstacles.

E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Scholarship of the Delaware County Bar Association
The Delaware County Bar Association, through the generosity of the late Judge E. Wallace Chadwick, established this scholarship to support area law students. The fund provides a one-year partial tuition award to one or more Villanova Law students who have been raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, with a preference for students who were raised in the City of Chester.

Doreen and Neil B. '81 Davidowitz Scholarship
Established in 2014 by Doreen and Neil B. '81 Davidowitz, this five-year, partial tuition scholarship provides financial support to an academically talented Villanova Law student who demonstrates financial need.

Sara Lee Keller ’81 JD, ’84 LLM Scholarship
Established in 2013 by Sara Lee Keller ’81 JD, ’84 LLM, a member of Villanova Law School’s Board of Consultors, this three-year, partial tuition scholarship provides financial support to an academically talented Villanova Law student who demonstrates financial need.

The Honorable Charles A. Lord Scholarship
Named in memory of The Honorable Charles A. Lord of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, this one-year, partial tuition scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming first-year law student on the basis of merit, financial need and potential for service to the community. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Mutual Fire Foundation.

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