Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship

Established in 1951, the Root-Tilden-Kern Public Service Scholarship at NYU Law covers full tuition, without regard to financial need, for three years of law school for outstanding students who promise to pursue public service. 

Each year 20 scholars are selected based on three criteria: commitment to public service, academic excellence, and potential for leadership. In addition to full tuition, scholars participate in a program that nurtures future public service leaders by providing unique educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

Scholars are expected to complete at least one ten-week public interest summer internship. This internship, supported by a stipend, enables students to integrate formal legal training with the practical experience of full-time work with a public interest law organization or government agency. Scholars are also expected to contribute to the broader public service community at NYU Law School.

The Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in public service immediately after graduation or the completion of one or more judicial clerkships. NYU defines public service broadly to include employment in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academia, social entrepreneurship, and law firms whose primary mission is serving the public interest or under-represented clients.

Award

The Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship covers full tuition, without regard to financial need, for three years at NYU Law for outstanding students who promise to pursue public service. 

Application

In addition to completing all of NYU Law's JD application, scholarship applicants must:

  • Submit at least one additional letter of recommendation that addresses your commitment to public service.  If one of your two letters of recommendation directly addresses your public service commitment, you may choose not to submit a third letter of recommendation.
  • Supplement your admissions personal statement with a short public service essay not to exceed 750 words. Discuss your public service commitment and goals and the factors that have most significantly influenced them, or any other aspects you consider relevant to your qualification for the scholarship(s). If your admissions statement directly addresses your public service commitment, you may choose not to submit a separate essay and instead indicate on the admissions statement that you would like it to also serve as your public service essay​

Deadline(s)

Complete your entire application by January 1, 2021. Those who are selected for interviews will be notified between February and mid-March. Interviews will be conducted in March or April 2021. Scholarship offers will be made shortly after the interviews. Finalists will be expected to respond within three business days to these offers. Applicants therefore should plan to attend other schools’ admitted student days, and gather whatever other information they need, in order to make a decision about the scholarship within three days or receiving an offer.

Details

Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate

Discipline

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple

Language

  • English

Duration

  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Public Service

Region

  • North America

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No