Scholarships are one of the tools used to promote the purpose of the Weigand Trust:
” To actively promote excellence in legal education and to encourage the most scholastically qualified students who are long-term Kansas residents to remain in or return to Kansas to practice law.”
Our scholarships are available for the traditional fall/spring school year to incoming AND upperclassmen attending:
University of Notre Dame Law School
Washburn University School of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
Our application window opens October 15th annually. Please check back then to apply.
How do I know if I am eligible for a Weigand Scholarship?
To be eligible for a Weigand Trust Scholarship, you must be able to answer yes to all three of the following questions:
- Have you been a legal resident of the State of Kansas for at least ten (10) years prior to college graduation? (Ten years of CUMULATIVE residency are required, but not CONSECUTIVE)
- Have you taken the LSAT?
- Are you applying to Notre Dame Law School, Washburn Law School, or KU Law School?
If you are an upperclassman, you must be in the top 10% of your class to apply.
I am attending undergraduate school out of state. Can I apply?
As long as you have been a legal Kansas resident for a minimum of ten (10) years, you can apply.
Are the scholarships available for use at any law school?
Weigand Scholarships are awarded exclusively to long-term Kansas residents (minimum of 10 years residency) to be used at:
- University of Notre Dame Law School
- Washburn University School of Law
- University of Kansas School of Law
Am I eligible if I am already enrolled in law school?
Yes, our scholarships are available to students entering their first, second and third year of law school.
Do I have to wait until I’ve been accepted into law school before I apply?
No. Simply indicate that you’re awaiting acceptance on your application. As soon as you receive notification from your school’s admittance office, please contact us so we can update your file.
What are the annual key dates?
October 15: Application window opens
February 15: DEADLINE for ALL Applications and Documents (must be RECEIVED by our office)
First week in March: Annual Open House and semi-finalist interviews
Mid-March: Finalist interviews
What happens if my application is incomplete or arrives after the deadline?
Only complete applications that have arrived by the February 15 deadline will be considered for review. Incomplete information does not constitute an application and will not be considered.
Are the scholarships automatically renewed?
No. Scholarship recipients must reapply annually.
Some students may wish to download or view our pdf planner version of our application before applying online.
Set up your own personal account
This is your ‘home base’, and you’ll be able to return as many times as necessary to add info, upload documents and submit your application. Once it’s submitted, you can return to see the status of your file, as we will update it when outside documents are received.
Get it together!
Gather your documents and then upload whenever you’re signed into your personal account. All written documents must be in .pdf format with no spaces or special characters in name. Photo should be .jpg or .jpeg.
- Personal Statement (pdf format)
- Resume (pdf format)
- Character & Fitness Addendum (if necessary)
Make some calls!
Who will say good things about you? You’ll need to get two people to send us letters of recommendation on your behalf. In the application, we ask you to give us their names so we can be looking for their letters to include in your file. (Please ask them to send the letters directly to us via email or regular postal service).
Email to: email@example.com
Mail to: P.O. Box 422 |Kechi, KS | 67067
Make sure it’s official!
You’ll need to contact each college/university you attended and request an OFFICIAL or CERTIFIED transcript be sent directly to us. (High School transcripts are not required.) Schools may send transcripts to us as follows:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail to: P.O. Box 422 | Kechi, KS | 67067
Don’t be late!
All documents must be received no later than February 15th. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all documentation is received before deadline. When your application package is complete, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your file has been forwarded for review.