Financing Law School and Scholarships
Legal education is an investment in your future and is a serious financial investment as well. As with any investment, it is important to consider the pros and cons of entering into such a large expenditure of effort, time, and money. The single best source of information about financing a legal education is the financial aid office (or the website) of any LSAC member law school. Many students rely on loans, and some very strong students are able to access a variety of grants, scholarships and fellowships.
The Bond Hill Scholarship is a program for Pennsylvania residents who graduate from Cheyney University. The Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship Program is designed to attract highly qualified students to a wide array of professional programs, such as law (and also includes medicine, podiatry, dentistry, as well as Masters' Degrees in Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Administration, and the Doctorate of Education (Ed. D). The participating schools are Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh and Temple University. Eligible students may receive a full tuition scholarship, books and fee-waivers. Criteria include:
• Pennsylvania residency (US citizenship/Permanent residency)
• Admission into a Bond Hill Program within 5 years of graduation from Cheyney University
• 3.00 cumulative grade point average
• Full-time enrollment in the graduate program
The award can be renewed for a maximum of four academic years based on satisfactory academic achievement and progress toward one’s professional degree or approved graduate degree program. Visit the Keystone Honors Academy for more information or go to www.cheyney.edu
Cheyney University Law School Partnerships
Widener Law School Partnership
Students at Cheyney University may access express admissions, join admissions and scholarships, at Widener Law’s Harrisburg Campus through the PASSHE Partnership Program. This innovative agreement streamlines the admissions process, provides insight into the legal profession for college students and provides scholarships for students.
Express Admission Program
Cheyney graduates are eligible to apply under the Express Admissions Program. Students are guaranteed admission to Widener Law in Harrisburg if they:
- Submit a completed application no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study.
- Satisfy Widener Law’s admission requirements relating to character and fitness.
- Rank in the top 50 percent of the graduating class.
- Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.
To receive the J.D. degree, students must complete 88 credits at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg.
3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Program
Cheyney students are eligible to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years, instead of the usual seven years. Cheyney students must:
- Complete 75 percent of their bachelor’s degree requirements and obtain prior approval from Cheyney to use course credits earned at Widener Law in Harrisburg for their remaining degree requirements.
- Attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher the semester prior to applying to Widener Law in Harrisburg.
- Submit a completed application no later than April 1 of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal studies. Students who apply after April 1 will be considered on a space available basis.
- Letters of recommendation and a personal statement are also required.
- Score at or above the 50th percentile on the LSAT.
Attendance at Widener Law will fulfill the student’s remaining requirements to earn the appropriate bachelor’s degree at Cheyney. Students must attend on a full-time basis for the first year or until they receive their bachelor’s degree. At that time, they may elect to continue on either a full-time basis or part-time basis. The bachelor’s degree will be awarded from Cheyney University and the J.D. from Widener University School of Law.
Students who are admitted to the Express Admissions Program or the 3+3 Early Admissions/Joint Degree Program at Widener Law are eligible for Dixon Scholarships. Widener Law may award up to four scholarships annually to Cheyney University students.
Students receiving scholarships will be designated Dixon Scholars in recognition of the contributions to higher education in Pennsylvania of F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Scholarships apply to fall and spring semesters only.
Cheyney University and Vermont Law School Affiliation Agreement.
Cheyney University has an affiliation agreement with the Vermont Law School. The agreement was established to facilitate admission of qualified Cheyney University students to Vermont Law School. The agreement offers students a number of opportunities to gain information related to successful law school admission, to participate in the pre-law summer program, and for students who are successfully admitted to the law school, to receive scholarships to attend Vermont Law School. Students must meet the admission requirements for Vermont Law School and scholarships will range from $5,000 to full tuition for attendance. Scholarship offers are made by Vermont Law School, and students should carefully review any offers made to determine the details of the award, and requirements associated.
Bond Hill Affiliated Schools
The Bond Hill Scholarship is a program for Pennsylvania residents who graduate from Cheyney University. The Horace Mann Bond-Leslie Pinckney Hill Scholarship Program is designed to attract highly qualified students to a wide array of professional programs, such as law (and also includes medicine, podiatry, dentistry, as well as Masters' Degrees in Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Administration, and the Doctorate of Education (Ed. D). The participating schools are:
- Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
- Penn State University
- Temple University
- University of Pittsburgh
Eligible students may receive a full tuition scholarship, books and fee-waivers. Criteria include:
- Pennsylvania residency (US citizenship/Permanent residency)
- Admission into a Bond Hill Program within 5 years of graduation from Cheyney University
- 3.00 cumulative grade point average
- Full-time enrollment in the graduate program