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Rochester Women’s Bar Association Announces LSAT Scholarship for Aspiring Law Students from Historically Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds

April 12, 2024

The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) is pleased to announce the launch of its GRACE Scholarship Program for aspiring law students from racial and ethnic backgrounds historically underserved and unrepresented in the legal profession. The program is designed to support and empower women of color (WOC) who are committed to pursuing a legal career but face financial barriers to preparing for or taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

GRAWA recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. By offering this scholarship to rising college seniors or recent college graduates with ties to the Rochester area, the association aims to increase representation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in law schools and ultimately in Rochester’s legal field.

"We believe that diversity strengthens the legal profession and enhances our ability to serve our clients and community more effectively," said Josie Sheppard-Wilson, Immediate Past President of GRAWA. "Through the GRACE Scholarship program, we aim to empower talented WOC to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers and, at the same time, demonstrate GRAWA’s commitment to make Rochester’s legal arena as diverse as the community we serve."
The scholarship will help defray the cost of LSAT preparation materials, courses, and/or exam fees for selected recipients. Applicants must identify as women and belong to a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group. They must also demonstrate financial need and how they embody GRAWA’s mission.

Applications for the GRACE Scholarship Program are now available and will be accepted until May 29, 2024. Interested individuals can find more information and download the 2024 GRACE Scholarship Application at

For more information about the LSAT Scholarship Program, please contact the GRACE Scholarship Committee at

GRAWA is a chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. Launched in October 1983, the chapter currently has more than 200 members. GRAWA's mission is to advocate for the professional development and well-being of all women attorneys, increase representation and opportunities for all women in the legal profession, engage in open dialogue and seek perspective from individuals with diverse backgrounds, facilitate fair and equal justice for all, and act as a united voice for members to promote inclusive policies and legislation of statewide, national, and international significance, while performing all work with an intersectional lens.


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