Black Law Student Scholarships

Delos Rogest Davis K.C. Memorial Award

Number of awards administered per year: 1

This endowed scholarship was established in 1969 and is the oldest scholarship at Windsor Law. It was established in memory of Delos Rogest Davis, King’s Counsel, who was the first Black lawyer in Canada and who was called to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1887. It is awarded to a law student who best exemplifies the ideals of Delos Rogest Davis through their community involvement and contributions.

Enbridge Black Law Student Award

Number of awards administered per year: 1

This award is presented to a student who identifies as Black, with demonstrated financial need, and who is in good academic standing.

Honourable Julius Alexander Isaac Scholarship

Number of awards administered per year: 2

Interest from this trust will be awarded to a Law I student of African descent, based on financial need, community service and a demonstrated promise of academic excellence. The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers established this scholarship in 2003 to recognize The Honourable Mr. Justice Julius Alexander Isaac, former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal and the first Black Justice to sit on the Federal Court of Canada.

Howie Sacks & Henry LLP Racialized Student Scholarship
Number of awards administered per year: 1

Awarded annually to a full time Law student who identifies as Black, Indigenous or of a racialized community and who demonstrates financial need.

JD Bridges Bursary

The JD Bridges Foundation is proud to launch its JD Bridges Bursary fundraising campaign this Fall. The non-profit organization aims to increase access to legal education for Black students in Canada by supporting applicants who have an interest in law but may be deterred from applying to law school due to financial need. The JD Bridges Bursary will provide funding toward the law school admission test (LSAT), preparation courses and materials, as well as university application fees. Recipients of the bursary will also be paired with a mentor who will guide them in the preparation of their personal statements, essays and answers to any law school application questions and/or interviews.


Justice Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré Leadership Scholarship

Number of awards administered per year: 1

Awarded annually to a Law II or III student with financial need. The successful recipient exhibits leadership qualities and demonstrates involvement in the Black community, the First Nations community, the University community, and/or the community at large. This scholarship was conceived of in 2003 and created in 2010 by friends of Justice Westmoreland-Traoré, a former Dean of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Justice Westmoreland-Traoré was the first Black law dean in Canada and Windsor Law’s first female dean. She was also the first Black Judge in the province of Quebec.


Scotiabank Scholarship for Law Students

Number of awards administered per year: 1

The Scotiabank Program for Law Students will see the Bank commit more than $500,000 over five years to six faculties of law across Canada to fund students interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession with a goal to support and advocate for anti-racism in law. The Program will award one student per year a $10,000 scholarship renewable annually for the duration of their three-year degree for a total of $30,000. Recipients will have the opportunity to participate in an annual Day on Bay St symposium, which will enable them to meet with Scotiabank executives, members of the legal community and anti-racism community groups. Select participants in the scholarship program will be offered an internship opportunity at either Scotiabank, a law firm or another legal advocacy organization seeking to eliminate racism and discrimination in the legal sector.

Stewart and Lysaght Dual JD Prize
Number of awards:  2 awards of $10,000 USD and $10,000 CDN

Recipients selected for the incoming class of 2022 will include exceptional students who identify as Black or Indigenous who have strong interests in transnational law and social justice and aspire to pursue transnational social justice careers following graduation. Students selected for this award will receive a $10,000 USD scholarship applied to their Detroit Mercy Law tuition and a $10,000 CDN scholarship applied to their Windsor Law tuition for the standard three-year duration of the Program. Admitted students are invited to interview for the Stewart & Lysaght Award based on their application.

Thora Ellis Espinet Bursary

Number of awards administered per year: 2

A bursary was created in Thora H. Espinet's '82 honour for Black-identifying students in 2021. Several awards are available to self-identifying Black law students on the basis of academic achievement and community involvement. Preference will be given to students who have been involved in anti-Black racism initiatives. Open to all Law students in good academic standing.

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