The Thomas More Social Justice Scholarship Program at Gonzaga University School of Law provides a unique opportunity for exceptional students to further their commitment to social justice and to become leaders in the profession. Each year, a scholarship committee selects four students to be Social Justice scholars. These scholars are awarded full tuition, regardless of financial need, to allow them to pursue careers in social justice and to serve the public good.
Individuals selected to be Social Justice scholars will be able to enhance their educational experiences and pursue their social justice interests through coursework, mentorship, programming, and community involvement. In addition, among other opportunities, scholars will be entitled to a summer grant of $5,000 after either their 1L or 2L year to cover living or travel expenses while working at qualified unpaid internships. Upon the completion of the requirements and expectations of the program, plus the satisfaction of an additional writing requirement, scholars may also receive a Certificate in Civil and Human Rights at graduation.
Social Justice scholars are selected based on their commitment to social justice and their leadership potential and promise. In addition, each Social Justice scholar must bring diversity to the program and to the profession, in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity and expression, immigration status or socio-economic background. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in law school in general and Gonzaga University in particular are especially encouraged to apply.