Leadership Scholars Program


Diversity and Inclusion Scholars

The Diversity and Inclusion Scholars Initiative is a collaborative effort between local law firms and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, to support their shared vision of increasing diversity in the legal profession, both in Maryland and nationally.

Diversity and Inclusion Scholars must demonstrate leadership and an ability to overcome challenges to their professional values and career goals. Each year, the program offers financial and professional support to approximately ten academically talented incoming students.

In additional to financial support, Diversity and Inclusion Scholars have opportunities to participate in:

  • Individual mentoring sessions with attorneys whose firms are part of the Initiative
  • Firm-hosted networking events
  • Events for the Baltimore legal community, such as bar association meetings, receptions, etc.
  • Law school diversity programing
  • Mock interviews and other skills-building exercises

The Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship is funded in part by five top law firms; DLA PiperPessin Katz LawMiles & Stockbridge, Gordon Feinblatt, Gallagher, Evelius and Jones LLP, Deloitte, and T.Rowe Price.

Diversity Scholars are selected by Maryland Carey Law’s Scholarship Committee, and no application is required for consideration.  However, applicants may submit an additional statement expressing interest in the Diversity Scholars Initiative. 

Dean’s Scholars

The Dean’s Scholars Program is our full tuition scholarship program. The Dean’s Scholars Program offers full tuition support every year to approximately 10 distinguished incoming students at Maryland Carey Law.  Dean’s Scholars must demonstrate leadership, high academic achievement and a desire to become a leader in the legal profession.

Applicants can be considered for the Dean's Scholars Program through application review, faculty/administrator nomination, and/or interview.

In addition to financial support, the Dean’s Scholars are expected to contribute significantly to the law school community, and have the opportunity to participate in:   

  • Individual mentoring opportunities with Board of Visitors or Alumni Board members
  • Alumni-hosted networking events
  • Events for the Maryland legal community, including the MSBA Annual Meeting
  • The UMB Founders Week Gala
  • The Annual Scholarship Luncheon 
  • The Annual Dean's Scholars Dinner

Several Dean’s Scholarships are fully endowed by generous alumni and friends, and require special consideration. We encourage you to learn more about our endowed scholarship support below.

  • The Samuel and Anne Hopkins Scholarship

    The Samuel and Anne Hopkins Scholarship Fund was established through the generosity of brothers Henry H. Hopkins ’68, Frederick M. Hopkins ’92, Robert B. Hopkins ’88, and Samuel B. Hopkins to honor their parents Samuel and Anne Hopkins. Samuel Hopkins was a 1938 graduate of the School of Law and a distinguished Baltimore Civic and Business leader and member of the Maryland Bar. The Hopkins Scholarship will go to an outstanding student enrolled at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law who exhibits strong evidence of academic promise, history of achievement, and strong work ethic.

  • The Osborne Scholarship

    The Osborne Scholarship at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law was established by Hamish Osborne ’86 and his wife Christy to provide full tuition and fees for an outstanding student who is engaged in a professional career when applying to law school.  The Osborne Scholarship will go to a student enrolled in the full-time program at Maryland Carey Law who has a stated interest in pursuing a career in private legal practice or business (defined broadly to include business, financial, commercial and law-related activities in government, health, or the private sector). The Osborne Scholarship will go to an outstanding student with at least one year of work experience, who exhibits leadership in his or her career, a history of community service, demonstration of financial need, academic promise, and interest in pursuing a career in private legal practice or business.

  • The Benjamin R. Civiletti Scholarship

    The Benjamin R. Civiletti Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Venable, LLP, along with family, friends, and colleagues of the Honorable Benjamin R. Civiletti, distinguished member of the Class of 1961. This scholarship fund was established in November 2003 to honor former United States Attorney General, Mr. Civiletti, who argued many important cases on behalf of our government before the International Court of Justice and before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Benjamin R. Civiletti Scholarship will go to an outstanding student with academic promise, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to public service.

  • The Christine A. Edwards Scholarship

    The Christine A. Edwards Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 by Ms. Christine Edwards and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Company.  Ms. Edwards, a 1983 graduate, is a respected leader in both the business and law communities and a partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn. She was the first female general counsel on Wall Street and serves on the public company board of the Bank of Montreal, an $800 billion financial institution, and she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee.  She is also Vice Chair of the Board of Rush University System for Health in Chicago, and Chapter Co-Chair for Women Corporate Directors.  The Christine A. Edwards Scholarship is a full-tuition three-year scholarship awarded once every three years and will go to an outstanding student with academic achievement, financial need, and interest in pursuing a career in corporate law and financial services, banking, securities, or commercial law.  During the years when the Edwards scholarship is funding a scholar over their three years of law school, other scholarships may be available for highly qualified students interested in business law.