Scholarships Offered to Entering and Returning Students

Western New England University offers generous scholarship packages to help students offset the costs of attending law school. In the past three years, an average of 75% of students received scholarships (2010- 2013). Applicants are automatically considered for scholarship aid. Specialty scholarships include the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Public Interest Scholarhsips. In addition, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies offer opportunities to qualified students. Learn more at Financing Your Legal Education.

MAURICE H. BAITLER AND REBEKAH M. BAITLER SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships are awarded to part-time evening law students who have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is renewable when the student continues study at the University and makes satisfactory progress toward degree completion. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Maurice H. and Rebekah M. Baitler. Maurice received his law degree from Northeastern University-Springfield Division (later Western New England University) in 1942 and later went on to receive his LL.M in Taxation from Boston University. A partner in the law firm Baitler, LaCroix, & Fuller, Maurice practiced taxation law and once sat before the Massachusetts Supreme Court, along with his former partner Jean R. LaCroix, on a famous murder case involving Kenneth Chapin. Maurice was also a Free Mason and a former adjunct professor of law at the Law School. Rebekah was a graduate of the Maine College of Business and worked for 15 years at the Springfield District Court in the Parking Ticket Office. Rebekah was a life member of the order of the Eastern Star, Madonna Chapter, and a former President of both the Agawam Women’s Club and the Evening Alliance of the Unitarian Universalist Society. Rebekah also was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union; World Federalists, USA; Southern Poverty Law Center; Simon Wiesenthal Center of CA; and the MA Chapter Against the Death Penalty. Both Maurice and Rebekah were long time residents of Wilbraham, MA.

FRANK STANLEY BEVERIDGE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students from the Massachusetts counties of Hampden or Hampshire who have demonstrated financial need. The endowed scholarship is made possible by a contribution from The Frank Stanley Beveridge Foundation, Inc., a private family foundation directed by the family and descendants of the late Frank Stanley Beveridge, founder of Stanley Home Products, Inc. Through the years, the Foundation has been a generous supporter of Western New England University. Joseph Beveridge Palmer, a director of the Foundation, is a 1967 graduate of Western New England University.

RODNEY E. AND GAIL M. BLAKESLEY ENDOWED LAW SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships are awarded to part-time Evening Division law students who are in their third or fourth year, who demonstrate academic excellence, and who also may have financial need. This endowed scholarship fund was established by Rodney E. Blakesley, who received his undergraduate degree from Western New England University in 1962 and his law degree from the School of Law in 1969; and his wife Gail M. Blakesley, who received her undergraduate degree from the Western New England University in 1962. Rodney and Gail were devoted to Western New England and created the endowed fund through a charitable remainder trust they established specifically for this purpose.

JOHN H. BRECK, III ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is available for a returning law student based on his or her financial need. This scholarship was generously endowed by John H Breck, III. John received his Juris Doctorate degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1983 and currently works in the Naples, Florida office of the Minneapolis-based national accounting firm, LarsenAllen,LLP. Prior to joining LarsonAllen, John was an attorney with the Massachusetts Department of Review (Estate Tax section.)

CARMAN FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Leon J. Carman, a graduate of the Western New England University School of Law, Class of 1941, and recipient of the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters in 1998 from Western New England University; Mr. Carman’s son Barry I. Carman is also a graduate of the School of Law, Class of 1993; and his son Tracy E. Carman is an alumnus of the College of Business, having earned the MBA in 1990. The members of the Carman family have been longtime generous supporters of Western New England, donating and helping raise funds annually for the institution and its School of Law.

THE CATIC FOUNDATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is available to a returning student enrolled in the School of Law based on a combination of financial need and merit.  There is a preference for a student who in their legal studies is concentrating in the area of real estate law.  This scholarship was generously created by the CATIC Foundation, Inc.  Founded in 1999, The CATIC Foundation, Inc.  is the charitable arm of CATIC Financial, Inc.  The Foundation’s mission is to provide support to non-profit organizations and foundations with an emphasis on non-profit law centers and teaching organizations.  CATIC is New England's largest domestic and only Bar-Related® title insurance underwriter.  The Company has been in business for more than forty years and has seven offices throughout New England and issues its policies through a network of more than 3,000 attorney agents.

DAVID NELSON CASE ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is awarded annually to a part-time law student who has completed at least two years of study. The recipient must be employed on a full-time basis, have a financial need, and rank in the upper half of the class. Established in memory of David N. Case, Class of 1980, by his family.

KATHERINE M. CONNELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship assistance is granted to law students in financial need with preference given to students who graduated from high schools located in Hampden County, MA. Miss Connell lived in Springfield and was for 32 years the first Assistant Registrar for the Hampden County Probate Court.

JUDGE SIDNEY M. AND ANNE V. COOLEY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship for law students with demonstrated academic merit and financial need was generously created by Judge Sidney M. and Mrs. Anne V. Cooley.  Judge Cooley served as a District Court Judge from 1960 until 1973, including a term as the Presiding Justice of the District Court of western Hampden County.  A former Major in the U.S. Army, Judge Cooley is the recipient of the prestigious Bronze Star.  He began practicing law in 1946 with his older brother, Attorney Edward B. Cooley.  In 1955, Judge Cooley and his brother formed the firm Cooley, Furcolo, and Cooley, the predecessor to the Cooley Shrair law firm in Springfield, MA.  Judge Cooley received his law degree from Western New England University (then Springfield-Northeastern) in 1941.  He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1984 and an honorary Juris Doctor in 2001 from Western New England University and honorary degrees from Westfield State University and Elms College.  In 1986, Judge Cooley was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Western New England University.

Mrs. Cooley was a graduate of Louisiana State University and received a master’s degree in rehabilitation from Springfield College and an honorary degree from Elms College.  She was an active volunteer for decades at Wesson Women’s Hospital at Baystate Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, the Jewish Nursing Home, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, Rachel’s Table, the Gray House, and the Work Opportunity Center, having served on the board of directors of several of those organizations.  Mrs. Cooley passed away in 2012.

Judge and Mrs. Cooley have both been recognized and honored with numerous community awards, including the prestigious William Pynchon Award.  Their longstanding support of many Western New England University initiatives and endeavors is exemplary. 

HENRY T. AND MARGARET S. DOWNEY ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships of varying amounts are granted to undergraduate accounting students and to law students. The scholarship was established by family, friends, colleagues, and the Western New England Board of Trustees in memory of Henry T. Downey (1920-1973) and Margaret S. Downey (1916-2006). Mr. Downey earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeastern University-Springfield Division in 1950 and his law degree from the Western New England School of Law in 1956. His dedication to Western New England is demonstrated by his service on the Corporate Board from 1960 to 1964 and on the Board of Trustees from 1964 to 1973. He served as vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1973. Mr. Downey played a key role in establishing the full-time law program at the School of Law. Mrs. Downey earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeastern University-Springfield Division in 1949 and received an Honorary Baccalaureate degree from Western New England in 2001.

DONALD J. DUNN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A merit scholarship to reward a second-year law student who best exemplifies academic achievement beyond expectations. The scholarship fund was established by family, friends, and colleagues of Donald Dunn ’83JD at the suggestion of the Board of Directors of the Law Alumni Association. The fund is a lasting tribute to Professor Dunn, who served the School of Law for 30 years, five of them as dean.

ARTHUR R. AND NANCY B. FINKELSTEIN SCHOLARSHIPA $1,000 scholarship is available to a law student starting in his or her second year based upon demonstrated financial need. Provided the recipient continues to meet the criteria and remains in good standing this scholarship is renewable for the student's subsequent years at the School of Law. This scholarship was generously created by Arthur R and Nancy B. Finkelstein. Arthur received his juris doctorate from the School of Law in 1980. He is currently a solo practitioner in Newton, MA, focusing his practice in the areas of trusts and estates. 

FRANK P. FITZGERALD, P.C. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship of not less than $1,000 is awarded to students who are enrolled full-time as undergraduates or in the School of Law and who have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is renewable when the student continues full-time study at the University and makes satisfactory progress toward degree completion. This scholarship was funded by a gift to the endowment fund by University Trustee Frank P. Fitzgerald ’68BSBA/’73JD.

CONSTANCE GLEASON FURCOLO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing degrees in business and/or law and who have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship was established by the wife of former Massachusetts Governor Foster Furcolo in honor of his outstanding efforts to facilitate the education of worthy students.

HARLEY B. GOODRICH AND FRANCIS A. JOHNSON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Awards are made to students who have outstanding records either as undergraduates or in the School of Law. This scholarship was established in memory of Harley B. Goodrich ’27BBA/’42LLB, secretary of the Board of Trustees of Western New England from 1942-1974, by members of Pi Tau Kappa fraternity and the Western New England trustees, and Francis A. Johnson. Mr. Johnson earned the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Western New England in 1959 and the Master of Business Administration in 1961.

GRODSKY FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established to assist the School of Law attract and retain students of the highest quality and prospect for the legal profession. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Ronald D. Grodsky, who graduated with from the School of Law with the Class of 1973.

CATHERINE J. JONES ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is awarded to a student entering his or her final year of law school who has demonstrated financial need and has solid academic skills. There is a preference for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in ethical decision-making issues that arise in the area of health law.

THE KLAK SISTERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time, second-year law student who is in the top half of the student’s class and shows indicia to participate effectively and responsibly in the legal profession. Preference will be given to a student who graduated from a secondary school in New England. The scholarship fund was established through the generosity of Helen A. Klak and is named for Helen and her three sisters—Julia Klak, Jean Klak Wells, and Amelia Klak Sherry. Helen Klak worked for Western New England from 1953 to 1966. She established this scholarship fund in recognition of the impressive growth and success of Western New England University and its School of Law.

AMY AND RICHARD L. KOHAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit is awarded to a full-time law student. For award to an incoming Western New England University School of Law student, academic merit is defined as being above the 75th percentile of the LSAT scores for that entering class; in order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be in the top 25% of his or her School of Law class or selected for the Law Review. For award to a returning student, academic merit is defined as being in the top 25% of his or her School of Law class or selected for the Law Review. The scholarship can be used as a supplement to other financial aid. This endowed scholarship fund was established by Amy and Richard L. Kohan. Richard graduated from the School of Law with the Class of 1982.

LAW ALUMNI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships are awarded to returning law students who have demonstrated academic ability and have financial need. Funds supporting these scholarships have been donated by the School of Law alumni.

LAW FACULTY AND STAFF PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is available for a returning law student based on financial need and merit. There is a preference for a student who has exhibited a commitment toward public interest law through employment or volunteer work. This scholarship was generously created from contributions donated by the faculty and staff of the School of Law.

LEVI/ SEIDEN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit is awarded to a full-time second year law student. Academic merit is defined as being in the top 25% of the student’s School of Law class or selected for the Law Review. This endowed scholarship fund was established by a gift from The I.W. Foundation at the suggestion of Mark D. Levi, Class of 1976.

LEONARD AND BARBARA MCCUE SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is available to a second-year full-time law student based upon a combination of financial need and merit. This scholarship is renewable for the recipient's third year provided the student continues to meet the above criteria. This scholarship was generously created by Leonard and Barbara McCue. Leonard McCue is a 1982 graduate of the School of Law and is a principal in the law firm, Leonard A. McCue & Associates in Bradenton, FL. Leonard and Barbara currently reside in St. Petersburg, FL.

WILLIAM F. MCMYNE SCHOLARSHIPA $2,500 scholarship is awarded to an enrolling or existing part-time evening law student based on financial need. For an award to any currently enrolled student, their letter grade should be a B or higher or a GPA of 3.0 of higher. This scholarship was generously created by Michael McMyne in memory of his father. Michael received his law degree from the School of Law in 1990.

JOHN J. O’CONNOR ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship based on financial need is awarded to returning law students with preference given to students with disabilities. The scholarship fund was established in memory of John J. O’Connor, former acting dean of the School of Law and Professor of Law from 1963 to 1987.

FRANCIS S. AND RUTH M. OLESKIEWICZ ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
One half of available funds will be available to graduates from Marian High School located in Framingham, MA. The recipient will be the applicant with the highest grade point average, at least exceeding 3.0 over the last three years of high school. The remaining one half will be awarded to a graduate of Chicopee High School who also graduated from St. Stanislaus School in Chicopee, MA, and who has maintained at least a grade point average of 3.0, with the award going to the applicant with the highest average. The scholarship recipients can be enrolled in any of the undergraduate divisions of the University or enrolled in a masters program in the College of Engineering or enrolled in the School of Law. Francis Oleskiewicz is a Trustee Emeritus and a 1961 graduate of the School of Law.

JOHN M. P. O’MALLEY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to a third-year evening student who has demonstrated academic excellence and as financial need. The O’Malley Scholarship was established by friends of John M. P. O’Malley, Class of 1932, and a former adjunct professor at the School of Law.

C. NORMAN PEACOR ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A financial need scholarship is available to a returning law student from the Springfield area who in his/her life has demonstrated civic and/or community involvement, and academically has achieved a B average. This scholarship is renewable provided the recipient maintains a B average and continues to be involved in civic and/or community activities. This scholarship was established by the children and grandchildren of C. Norman Peacor in his memory. C. Norman Peacor was a business and civic leader who lives a life marked by dedicated civic involvement. Raising his family in Springfield and Monson, Mr. Peacor was actively involved in various community organizations including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, President of the Boards of Directors of the Hampden County Radio Association and the Western Massachusetts section of Emergency Networks, and Chairman of the Pioneer Valler United Way. A former member of the Board of Trustees of Western New England from 1969-1994, Mr. Peacor spent most of his years as the Chairman of the Board, and was honored with the title of Trustee Emeritus upon his retirement from the board. During his tenure on the board, Mr. Peacor was instrumental in helping to raise the money necessary to build D'Amour Library and in establishing the School of Law's full-time program. Mr. Peacor, a graduate of Tufts University (Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude) and the University of Michigan (Masters in Mathematics) believed strongly in the power of education and in developing opportunities for people to contribute to their community. This scholarship is to help provide and opportunity for a Western New England Law student to begin or continue to achieve their goal of a legal degree.

THE PELLEGRINI FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships are awarded to full- or part-time students with demonstrated financial need. Students can be enrolled in any of the Colleges of the University or the School of Law. At least twenty-five percent (25%) of the scholarship amount each year is to be awarded to an evening student(s) and at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the scholarship amount each year is to be awarded to a law student(s). The remaining awards may go to any student with financial need that meets the remaining criteria. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Gerard L. Pellegrini ’57JD.

RED FOX ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is available to a second-year evening law student based upon financial need and a GPA of at least 3.0. This scholarship is renewable for the student’s third and fourth years provided the student continues to demonstrate good academic performance and has financial need.  This scholarship was created by the Red Fox Foundation, a tax-exempt entity devoted to  empowering determined individuals who both dream big and word hard.  The Red Fox Foundation is specifically supporting night school students because they have the strength to simultaneously work hard, raise their families and improve their lives.

JOAN D. AND JUDGE LUKE F. RYAN ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is awarded to a full or part-time student who has completed the first full year of law school, is of good character, is raising a family and has demonstrated financial need. There is a preference for a female student. This scholarship was generously created by Mary Rose Ryan O’Connell, her siblings, Maureen Ryan-Wise and W. Michael Ryan, and the rest of the Ryan family to honor their parents. Mary Rose, Maureen, and Michael all received their Juris Doctorate degrees from Western New England University School of Law; Mary Rose in 1981, Maureen in 1975, and Michael in 1976.

SCHOOL OF LAW ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
Annually a scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the School of Law with demonstrated financial aid and merit. 

DOROTHY F. SHEEHAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship based on academic merit is awarded to a female applicant who has interrupted her education and is seeking to enter the School of Law. Preference is given to any woman who interrupted her education after college for marriage, child rearing, starting work, moving to a different location, or economic reasons. This scholarship was establish by Mrs. Beatrice S. Nelen.

J. RESLER SCHULTZ AND DOROTHY P. LARSON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships of varying amounts are awarded with preference given to residents of eastern Pennsylvania or western Massachusetts. Mr. Shultz was the first director of development at Western New England and served from 1958 until 1973. Mrs. Dorothy P. Larson was his assistant. They worked diligently to raise funds for the first six buildings on the new campus of Western New England.

CHERYL IVES SMITH AND PETER L. SMITH 3 + 3 LAW PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to a first-year student in the Western New England University School of Law who enrolled through the University’s 3+3 Law program and who has demonstrated financial need and the highest cumulative Western New England University GPA of all first-year law students enrolled through the 3+3 Law program. The scholarship is renewable for the returning student’s second and third years of their education at the School of Law provided they maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Should the returning student not meet the criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to an eligible first-year law student. Should no students meet the criteria in a given year, the scholarship will be held and awarded to the next eligible first-year law student. In no case will more than $1,500 be awarded in a given year. This scholarship is funded through the generosity of Cheryl Ives Smith and Peter L. Smith, both members of the School of Law Class of 1983. Cheryl has served as the University’s legal counsel and special assistant to the president since September 2000.

CATHERINE BEAN STREET ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is awarded to a woman in her last year at the School of Law who is a member of the Western New England University Law Review. Recipients must have demonstrated a potential for professional excellence and have financial need. This scholarship was established in memory of Catherine Bean Street, Class of 1990, by family and friends.

STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS The Student Bar Association awards two scholarships:

The Joanne Grummel Endowed Memorial Scholarship is based on academic success, extracurricular activities, and economic need. The scholarship was established through contributions by family and friends of Joanne Grummel ’83JD.

The John J. O’Connor Memorial Scholarship recognizes those individuals who exhibit a commitment to serve the School of Law and community. Academic achievement and financial need are considered.

MARJORIE A. SULLIVAN ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
An award is made to applicants who have demonstrated unusual determination in overcoming obstacles in order to pursue a legal education. This scholarship was established by family and friends of Marjorie Sullivan.

GARY F. THOMAS LAW SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is available to a returning law student based on financial need.  This scholarship was generously created by Gary F. Thomas, who received his law degree from the School of Law in 1976.   Gary is president of The Wealth Technology Group based in West Springfield, MA.   The Wealth Technology Group provides wealth advisory, asset management, asset protection, and tax and retirement services to individuals, and businesses.

GEORGE THOMPSON ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a second-, third-, or fourth-year law student with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. The award was established in memory of George Thompson, who taught at the School of Law.

ROGER W. WADE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship is available to a second-year law student who during his or her first-year best exemplified academic merit beyond expectations. This scholarship is renewable for the student's subsequent years provided the student continues to maintain high academic progress. This scholarship was generously established by Roger W. Wade, a 1982 alumnus of the School of Law. Roger is a principal and founding partner of G. W. and Wade, Inc. G. W. and Wade serves successful entrepreneurs, retirement, and estate planning.

JACK S. WHITE SCHOLARSHIP
A $1,000 scholarship is available to a law student based upon a combination of demonstrated financial need and academic merit. This scholarship was generously created by Jack S. White. Jack received his law degree from Western New England in 1979. He currently is a shareholder and managing director at the law firm Welts, White and Fontaine in Nashua, NH.