The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation (“EBGBF”) mission is to provide support for diversifying the legal community, which includes scholarship opportunities for law students. The Foundation is committed to increasing the number of students of color that graduate law school, successfully pass the California Bar Exam and subsequently practice law in San Diego County. These scholarship opportunities serve to assist students in sustaining their legal education and preparing for the bar exam.

The number of awards and amounts vary from year to year based on funding. For a complete description of awards please visit our Scholarship Programs page.


Applicants for our 2020 Annual Gala Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a 2L or 3L student
  • Be currently attending a law school in San Diego County or with ties to San Diego County.
  • Be of African American heritage and/or have made significant contributions to the African American community.
  • Demonstrate an intent to practice law in San Diego County.
  • For Bar Exam Scholarship consideration, candidates must be in their 3L year and plan to sit for the February or July 2020 California Bar Exam.
  • Provide total loan balances for law school and undergraduate education and submit verification upon request.
  • If requested, participate in an interview with the scholarship committee.
  • If requested, recipients must be willing to meet with their scholarship sponsors.


Scholarship award recipient will be selected by a review committee composed of Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation Board Members and members of the legal community. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Personal Statement
  • Community service, leadership or volunteerism
  • Financial need


Complete applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020. A gmail account is required to submit this application. Mailed or emailed applications will not be considered, nor will incomplete or untimely applications. Award recipients will be notified via email of their selection by October 16, 2020.

For questions, please contact via e-mail Yahairah Aristy, 2020 Scholarship Chair at


Please be prepared to submit the following materials in (1) PDF file:

  1. PERSONAL STATEMENT (500 words maximum): Please describe how this particular scholarship award impacts your personal or professional aspirations, and your involvement with the African American community.  You may include information regarding your background, reasons for pursuing further legal education, challenges you face outside of school, and why you are the best candidate for a scholarship award. Lastly, you may include any other information you would like the Scholarship Committee to consider. The personal statement should be typed and double-spaced.
  3. EARL B. GILLIAM BAR INVOLVEMENT: Please list your participation at events by the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation or the Association.
  4. COMMUNITY SERVICE & INVOLVEMENT: Please list your participation in the San Diego County legal and non-legal community.
  5. FINANCIAL NEED (100 words maximum): Please describe your financial circumstances and how this scholarship will assist you financially.
  6. LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT (Unofficial permitted)

If you are selected for an Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation Annual Gala Scholarship, your photo and a short biography will be included in Foundation promotional material. Your photo and biography will not be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.

Please be prepared to also submit the following documents separately in the application:

  1. PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT:  A print ready JPEG or PNG file of a professional headshot of yourself.
  2. BIOGRAPHY: A brief biography of no more than 150 words. In the biography please refer to yourself by first name. Please upload your biography in a Microsoft Word document.

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Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation
PO Box 124923
San Diego, CA

Phone: (619) 693-6050

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