Kansas Bar Foundation Scholarships

The Kansas Bar Foundation proudly offers ten scholarship opportunities to law students.

Details and Requirements

Awards vary from $500 to $5,000. In addition to the scholarship application, most scholarships require two letters of recommendation. Some also require a transcript, letter of interest, or other supporting documentation. To view specific requirements, please read the scholarship descriptions below.

2019-20 KBF Scholarship Application and Instructions

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Scholarship Application Deadline

Scholarship applications will be accepted through 5PM on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Selection Process

Recipients will be announced in February 2020 and will be invited to attend a scholarship recognition ceremony on April 9, 2020 at the Robert L. Gernon Law Center.

Scholarship Descriptions

Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship$500

This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding $500.00 to a 3L student attending Washburn University School of Law and $500.00 to a 3L student attending the University of Kansas School of Law. Applicants must exhibit exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the law student’s school and broader legal community and demonstrate a bona fide intention of practicing law in the state of Kansas. Recipients will be expected to author an 850-word article about diversity and inclusion matters in the legal profession and justice system, to be published in the Diversity Corner for the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association. The recipient will be invited to serve on the KBA Diversity Committee. Applicants must submit an abstract of the applicant’s proposed article for submission in the Diversity Corner, not to exceed 300 words with their completed application.


Case, Moses & Zimmerman, P.A. Law Student Scholarship$1,000

This law student scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding a 2L student attending the University of Kansas School of Law, Washburn University School of Law, Creighton University Law School or Oklahoma City University School of Law an annual scholarship of $1,000.00. Applicants must exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives, as demonstrated in application materials, and demonstrate a bona fide intention of practicing law in the state of Kansas. Applicants must submit a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation from Kansas lawyers or law professors, with their completed application. An award will be based on student participation in law school, community activities, financial need and academic achievement. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The Frank Rice Scholarship$5,000

This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding funds to a student admitted to attend or attending the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. The scholarship is intended to help law students become lawyers in the mold of Frank Rice, who was “among the finest…in the Bar. He was at the top of his class…and always applied the highest level of legal scholarship to any legal matter in which he was involved.” The recipient must be a Kansas resident and have a bona fide desire to practice in Kansas.


The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award$1,000

This law student scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas. The award shall be provided to a law student attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn Law School, who is committed to practicing law in Kansas. Applicants must submit a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation, from Kansas lawyers or law professors, with their completed application.  An award will be based on merit and recommendations rather than financial need.


The Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship$3,000

This scholarship shall be given to a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Because community service is extremely important to the Hinkle law firm, applicants must demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. Applicants should exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives, as demonstrated in application materials and letters of recommendation. Applicants must submit a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation, from Kansas lawyers or law professors, with their completed application. An award will be based in large part upon the student’s merit or recommendation rather than financial need. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The Lathrop & Gage Student Scholarship$2,000

This scholarship shall be given to a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Applicants must demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. Applicants also should exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives, as demonstrated in application materials and letters of recommendation. Applicants must submit a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation, from Kansas lawyers or law professors, with their completed application. An award will be based in large part upon the student’s merit and recommendations rather than financial need. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Award$1,000

This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding a law student, originally from Kansas and attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn Law School an annual scholarship. The award recipient must have completed no less than 60 hours towards a law degree and must plan to practice in a rural Kansas area, preferably western Kansas. Applicants must submit a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation from Kansas lawyers or law professors, with their completed application. An award will be based on merit and professor recommendation rather than financial need.

The Frank Norton Scholarship*$2,000

This scholarship is available exclusively to Washburn law students in their second or third year of study who are NOT receiving any other scholarship support. Applicants must submit a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation from Kansas lawyers or law professors, with their completed application.  An award will be based on financial need and merit.

Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship*$1,000

The scholarship will be used to promote the practice of law in the state of Kansas by annually awarding funds to a student attending the Washburn University School of Law to assist with the costs of tuition. The student must have been admitted to law school and must be a Kansas resident, preferably from a rural community. The student must have an expressed interest in practicing law in a rural community in Kansas.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to applicants who have displayed perseverance in the pursuit of a legal education, and who share the passion for the law with the late Judge Rogers, a passion as exemplified in community or pro bono service.


The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship*$3,000

This scholarship will be given to any law student attending the Washburn University School of Law. Preferred candidates will have an interest in plaintiff’s work as well as a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas, exhibit professionalism and high character in their academic and personal lives and demonstrate participation in school and community activities. Applicants must submit a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation from Kansas lawyers or law professors, with their completed application. An award will be based in large part upon a student’s financial need. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


* Scholarships marked with * are only open to Washburn University School of Law students

2018-19 KBF Scholarship recipients

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