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AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship

Since 1997, AALAM has awarded an annual AALAM Scholarship Award to an Asian American law student who demonstrates leadership potential, maturity and responsibility, a commitment to making a contribution to the Asian American community and other indicia of excellence, whether personal, professional or academic. Priority consideration will be given to law students who have secured a public interest position for the summer.

The first AALAM Scholarship was awarded to Glenn Magpantay, who was then a student at New England School of Law and is now the Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Before heading NQAPIA, Glenn was a civil rights attorney as the Democracy Program Director at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) in New York. 

Starting in 2015, AALAM, in conjunction with the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund (Dow Fund), announced that it was doubling its annual scholarship amount to $5,000 and renaming the award as the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship. The scholarship application is typically due in late March or early April, and the award recipient is announced at the AALAM annual banquet.  The awardee is then invited to speak at the Annual Dow Dinner in December. If you are interested in receiving information regarding the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship, you need to sign up as a law student member.  If you are not currently a member, please sign up for membership here. 


AALAM is now accepting applications to the 19th annual AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship. 

The AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship is awarded each academic year to an Asian-American law student who demonstrates leadership potential, maturity and responsibility, a commitment to making a contribution to the Asian-American community, an interest in pursuing public interest positions and other indicia of excellence, whether personal, professional or academic.


The Asian-American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) in conjunction with the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund (Dow Fund) is pleased to announce that for the nineteenth annual AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship a total amount of $5,000 will be awarded to one law student for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

(1) be enrolled at a law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the 2017-2018 academic year,

(2) be a member of AALAM, and

(3) complete and return the required documents, on or before April 7, 2017.

Required Documents:

(1) Completed Application Form

(2) Law School transcript

(3) Resume

(4) Letter of recommendation

Important Dates:

Application Period: March 13, 2017 - April 7, 2017

Application Deadline: April 7, 2017

AALAM Banquet: May 3, 2017 (attendance required)

Dow Dinner: December 1, 2017 (attendance required)

** Finalists may be interviewed by one or more members of the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship Committee (if determined to be necessary).

Please review the information sheet for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Vincent Lai.

Recent Recipients of the AALAM Scholarship

2017: Chantal Choi of Suffolk University Law School

2016: Lydia X.Z. Brown of Northeastern University School of Law

2015: Cherie Ching of Suffolk University Law School

2014: Ying Wang of New England School of Law

2013: Julina Guo of Harvard Law School

2012: Hannah Tso Joseph of Boston College

2011: H. Will Mak of Boston College

2010: Michelle Wu of Harvard Law School

2009: Eric Lee of Boston University

2008: Ming Zhu of Harvard Law School

2007: Lucy Cheung of New England School of Law

2006: Candice Chiu of Harvard Law School


If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship, you may do so through the Dow Fund at www.dowfund.org/donateThe Dow Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established as an affiliate of AALAM in 1985 for the purposes of providing resources to ensure access to the legal system for Asian Americans who are deprived of justice because of barriers such as language, race, culture, poverty, or immigration status. The Dow Fund was founded in honor of Harry H. Dow, the first Asian American admitted to practice law in Massachusetts

The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
c/o The Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3774
E-mail: aalam.info@gmail.com

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