Scholarships are one of the types of financial aid that can be available to you to help finance your education. It is usually the most sought after type of aid because it typically refers to money for college that you are not expected to repay.
At the Charles Widger School of Law, the following types of scholarships may be available to students:
- Charles Widger '73 Leadership Scholarship – Established by Barbara and Charles Widger '73, this three-year, full-tuition scholarship is awarded each year to a select group of students who have demonstrated strong leadership potential and an interest in making an impact in both law and business.
- Public Interest Scholars Program – Villanova Law encourages students to pursue careers in public interest law. To facilitate such careers, Villanova Law has created the Public Interest Scholars Program ("PISP"). Each year, a select group of students are offered a full-tuition scholarship based on past academic achievement, leadership, public interest work, and commitment to contribute to public interest endeavors at Villanova Law and as future public interest practitioners. Public Interest Scholars are chosen as leaders of a dynamic community of committed public servants at Villanova Law.
- Institutional Scholarships – These are scholarships that are offered by Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and awarded to students who meet certain criteria that includes academic achievement and financial need. Available scholarships will be awarded to qualified recipients during the summer. To be considered for need-based scholarship funding, you must include parent information on the FAFSA form. Although the government considers graduate students to be independent and does not require parent information, the inclusion of this information will allow the Office of Financial Aid to better determine your financial need. In addition to including parent information on the FAFSA, you must also submit the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Need-Based Financial Aid Application. Please note, if you are 30 years of age, or older, married and/or support children, you are not required to include parent information on the FAFSA. Priority when selecting scholarship recipients, will be given to students who are not receiving merit-based scholarships and demonstrate a true financial need.
- Outside Scholarships – Some private companies and social organizations may offer scholarships. Villanova Law is not associated with these groups, but we have composed a list of opportunities that we have been informed about in order to help you in your search.