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Hughes Scholars_ Reception 2022


We offer a variety of scholarships based on your area of law and special group classification.


Unlock opportunities and fuel your dreams through the Dallas Bar Foundation's transformative scholarship program. We offer financial assistance to aspiring legal minds, fostering the next generation of legal leaders who will drive positive change in our society.


See our available scholarships!
Sarah T. Hughes Scholarship

Established in 1981, the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship by the Dallas Bar Foundation was created to enhance diversity within Dallas' legal community. Originally awarded to minority students entering SMU Dedman School of Law, it has expanded to include UNT Dallas College of Law and Texas A&M University School of Law attendees. With nearly $3 million awarded to date, these scholarships empower first-generation college graduates and foster success, honoring Judge Hughes' legacy of determination.

Donald C. McCleary - Gradere Leadership Scholarship

In memory of the late Don McCleary, former managing partner of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, the firm's attorneys and staff have established the Donald C. McCleary-Gardere Leadership Scholarship through the Dallas Bar Foundation. This enduring scholarship, awarded annually, honors Don's visionary leadership, dedication to community engagement, and commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Don's legacy as a fearless advocate who valued diverse ideas and nurtured lasting friendships continues to inspire those who follow in his footsteps.

DBA Intellectual Property Section Scholarship

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association has established an annual scholarship award to one at each of the three area law schools, Texas A&M University School of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and University of North Texas Dallas College of Law. These scholarships recognize leadership potential within the intellectual property community, taking into account interest in intellectual property law, leadership experience, academic achievements, financial need, and diversity contribution.

"This scholarship is a source of empowerment because it places responsibility in the hands of those who have been traditionally under-represented in the legal community."

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Dallas Bar Foundation –  Scholarships
01 Ross Avenue Dallas, TX 75201

If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Philipp, Executive Director, at 214.220.7487.

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