Tony Patiño Fellowship

The Tony Patiño Fellowships honor Antenor Patiño, Jr., who was a UC Hastings law student at the time of his death on December 26, 1973. This Fellowship was established by Francesca Turner, his mother, in accordance with Tony’s philosophy and often-expressed wish and intention to help his fellow students.

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 purpose, public service is broadly construed to include any activity the primary object of which is to benefit others or the community as a whole.

The Fellowship will be awarded to several entering first-year UC Hastings law students who have exemplified the following qualities.

Specifically, a candidate’s personal and academic histories must show:

  1. leadership
  2. academic achievement
  3. ethical and honorable conduct
  4. good moral character
  5. dedication to humane values
  6. past participation in public service activities
  7. well-adjusted personality
  8. sound judgment

Supportive data is required to verify:

  1. leadership
  2. actual past involvement in public service activities
  3. dedication to humane values, and
  4. scholastic achievement

The Fellowship will provide a monetary merit award of not less than $10,000 per year. This is not a financial aid program and is not administered by the Financial Aid Department. Therefore, financial need is not a requirement. However, in some instances, the Financial Aid Office may have to adjust federal student loan amounts to avoid over-award situations.

The Fellowship is awarded for one year only. It is renewable for two subsequent consecutive academic years based upon, among other factors, the Fellow-Elect’s personal and academic performance and his/her participation in the legal field (e.g., an externship with a judge or a clerkship with a law firm) or a public service position during his/her summer breaks. Upon receiving the renewals of the Fellowship, the final approval of the Renewal Committee, and the Juris Doctor degree, the Fellow-Elect will be known as a “Tony Patiño Fellow.”

The Tony Patiño Fellowship Application can be filled in, printed, signed and mailed.

For further information write to:
The Tony Patiño Fellowship
Office of The Academic Dean
UC Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco CA 94102
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