All students offered admission to UC Hastings are considered for general merit scholarships, which range from $10,000 to $35,000 per year. Merit scholarships are renewable for the recipient’s second and third years of law school as long as the recipient remains enrolled full-time, either on campus or in a faculty-approved study abroad program, and maintains satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory academic progress at UC Hastings is defined as a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or higher. No special application is required to be considered for merit scholarships. Admitted students will be notified in their acceptance letters if they qualify for merit aid.
UC Hastings also awards a limited number of need-based grants. Recipients must continue to show need for their grants to be renewed. Need is determined by the College based on information provided in the FAFSA and the UC Hastings Financial Aid Supplement. Recipients must also maintain satisfactory academic progress and remain enrolled full-time as defined in the preceding paragraph.
Veterans and dependents of Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who receive tuition waivers are not eligible for UC Hastings Scholarships or Grants. Similarly, recipients of Vocational Rehabilitation funds are not eligible for UC Hastings Scholarships or Grants.
In addition to the College’s general merit scholarships and grants, entering students are considered for merit and need-based scholarships from endowed funds established by generous UC Hastings graduates. Eligibility for endowed scholarships is determined by the Admissions Office in accordance with each donor’s intentions (unless otherwise noted). Some are renewable and some are not, and a few of the endowed awards also have higher grade point average requirements than the general merit scholarships. Endowed scholarship funds at UC Hastings include the following:
Anonymous II Scholarship
Established by a UC Hastings graduate who wishes to remain anonymous. Merit-based. Not renewable.
William Blackfield Scholarship
Need-based. Not renewable.
Blum Foundation Scholarships
These scholarships are funded by the Leon A. and Esther F. Blum Foundation. The Foundation was incorporated to encourage and promote education through voluntary grants, scholarships, and student loans to aid worthy students registered at accredited law schools in the City and County of San Francisco. Blum Scholarships are conferred upon several entering first-year students based on academic achievement, LSAT scores, and financial need. Depending on annual funding, between 10 and 15 entering students are selected for the Blum Scholarships, which are renewable as long as the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and continues to demonstrate financial need.
Commit to Hastings Scholarship
Established by graduates of the Class of 2015. Selection of recipient is made by a committee of members of the Class of 2015. Merit-based. Not renewable.
Faculty Academic Excellence/Eucalyptus Scholarship
Based on need and merit, leadership in extracurricular activities, and relevant work and life experience. Renewable upon good academic standing.
Must be a resident of Hawaii to be eligible. Selection of recipient is made by a committee of Hawaii-based UC Hastings alumni. Not renewable.
Ingemar Hoberg Scholarship
Need-based. Not renewable.
Kenneth E. Olivier Scholarship
Based on need and record of community service. Renewable.
James Sarsfield O’Neill Endowed Fund
Qualifying students must have been raised in one of the following California counties prior to age 18 to be considered: Sacramento, Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Yolo, or Placer. Need-based. Renewable.
Osbourne-Whelan Endowed Rugby (Academic) Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was created by former Hastings Rugby Football Club members in memory of UC Hastings College of the Law Professors George Edward Osborne (1893-1977) and John William Whelan (1922-2007). They understood the sport of rugby creates opportunities to develop superior leadership skills, good judgment, loyalty, vision, ethics, and lifelong friendships. With their encouragement, the Hastings Rugby Football Club (“HRFC”) was formed and sustained for two decades (1973–1993). Over the years, former HRFC members established a strong network of attorneys, rugby players, coaches, mentors, administrators, and referees in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and in the United States. The Osbourne-Whelan Scholarship requires a separate application. Please see these instructions to apply. The deadline in the instructions does not pertain to entering students.
Tony Patiño Fellowship Award
The Tony Patiño Fellowship is a merit award created to support law students who have demonstrated leadership ability and whose outstanding academic and personal histories show good moral character, ethical conduct, good citizenship, motivation and initiative. One of the factors in evaluating character is past participation in public service activities. For this fellowship, public service is broadly construed to include any activity the primary object of which is to benefit others or the community as a whole.
Guy Rousanville Jr. Diversity Scholarship
Fund established to promote a diverse student body at UC Hastings. Both need and merit taken into consideration. Not renewable.
John K. (Jack) Smith ’54 Scholarship
Both need and merit taken into consideration. Not renewable.
The Percy E. Towne Scholarship
Established in honor of Percy E. Towne these scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need. These scholarships are renewable at the same level for two additional years.
Wayne O. Veatch, Sr., Scholarship
Established to honor Wayne O. Veatch, Sr., a UC Hastings graduate, the scholarship is available to an entering first-year student from the Greater Los Angeles Area. Each year, one nonrenewable award will be made based on need and academic ability.