TMCF | Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship Intellectual Property Law Scholarship

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) are proud to offer financial assistance to law school students interested in Intellectual Property Law. The Sidney B. Williams Scholarship is open to students entering or attending Law School for the Fall 2018 or 2019. Selected scholars will receive a merit and need-based scholarship of $10,000 for the academic year, which can be applied to verifiable costs associated with normal tuition and usual fees. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to apply for the award:

  • A demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law.
  • Academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate and law school levels (if applicable).
  • Financial Need.
  • General factors such as leadership skills, community activities or special accomplishments.

To complete your application, please submit the following documents:

Completed scholarship application form.

  • FAFSA form (or similar form) and any supporting documentation required thereby.  The FAFSA is available in paper and electronic formats.  You can get the paper version from the financial aid office at any college or university, the public library, or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.  If you prefer, you can fill out a web-based version of the FAFSA at (step-by-step instructions are provided on this site).
  • Undergraduate transcript and graduate and law transcripts (if applicable).
  • Two letters of recommendation from, but not limited to, former teachers, college administrators, community leaders or other similar persons concerning the academic ability, character, reputation or professional aptitude of the applicant.
  • Membership in an underrepresented minority group.
  • Currently enrolled in or have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school.  The devotion of the law school to intellectual property curricula shall not be considered in awarding scholarships.
  • Demonstrated intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law.
  • US citizenship
  • A personal or telephonic interview (if applicable).
  • Note that any student who receives a scholarship is required to attend law school, day or evening, on a either a full-time or part-time enrollment basis, and to maintain a grade point average of “C” (2.00) or better.
  • Also note that scholarship recipients are required to join and maintain membership in AIPLA.
  • Applicants related to a trustee of AIPLEF, a council member of the ABA-IPL Section, Officer or member of the Board of Directors of the AIPLA, or a member of the AIPLEF Scholarship Committee are ineligible to receive a scholarship.
  • Applicants resume.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund administers the Sidney B. Williams Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Program. Completed applications may be submitted by mail or electronically to Deshuandra Walker at the address shown below. (Please indicate in the subject area the name of the scholarship and on e-mail when and how the required attachments will be sent, if sent separately).

Deshuandra Walker
Senior Manager of Scholarships
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
1770 St. James Place, Suite 414| Houston, TX 77056

Comprehensive information is located on the AIPLEF application website:
This application is now closed.