AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Law School Scholarships

Congratulations to the AILA law student members who were awarded the 2022 AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Law Student Scholarship. AILA’s DEI Law Student Scholarship is intended to provide academic, professional, and financial support to law students from historically underrepresented groups who are interested in the practice of immigration law and advocating on behalf of immigrant communities.

  • Alejandro Alvarado
    University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Woorod Atiyat
    Pace University Law School
  • Elly Marisol Estrada Cruz
    Syracuse University College of Law
  • Taylor Flores
    Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Gerardo Villegas Juarez
    St. Mary's University School of Law
  • Melissa McElroy
    University of Colorado School of Law
  • Maria J Montenegro-Bernardo
    Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
  • Brenda Carolina Quintanilla
    UC Davis School of Law
  • Anda Totoreanu
    Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Anthony Wong
    University of San Francisco School of Law

This scholarship application period is now closed. Learn more about AILA’s other DEI efforts.


AILA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Law Student Scholarship is intended to provide academic, professional, and financial support to law students from historically underrepresented groups who are interested in the practice of immigration law and advocating on behalf of immigrant communities. Recipients selected to receive the scholarship will build professional connections and receive mentorship support from AILA member attorneys who are also members of AILA’s DEI National Committee.

AILA’s DEI Mission Statement

AILA’s DEI Committee is charged with promoting full and equal participation of all AILA members in chapters, committees, and groups. This includes lawyers of varying genders, national origins, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity, religious beliefs, age, marital status, geographic location, and lawyers with disabilities. The committee also works to expand the diversity of access to leadership opportunities and to ensure that the immigration bar reflects the society it serves.

Important Dates

Scholarship Opening Date: Monday, October 3, 2022
Application Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2022
Awards Announcements: Friday, November 18, 2022

Award Details

Recipients of DEI Law Student Scholarships receive:

Scholarship Applicant Criteria

  • Applicants must be AILA Law Student Members and provide their AILA member number (*AILA membership is free for law students! Not a member? Join now!)
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school and be a student in good standing (part-time and full-time students included)
  • Applicants should be a member of a diverse and/or underrepresented group including diversity based on but not limited to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, education, ability, immigration status, and other factors including those listed in AILA’s DEI Mission Statement (see above)
  • Applicants must provide a current unofficial law school transcript
  • Applicants must provide a one-page personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing:
    • Their interest and work in immigration law including clubs, internships, law school clinics, work experience, community service, and/or extracurricular activities
    • Description of their financial need and how the funds are intended to be used (be as specific as possible)
    • Description of any diversity, equity, and inclusion obstacles they have faced
    • Description of their plans to pursue advocacy in immigration law
  • Selected recipients must agree to submit a blog post for AILA’s Think Immigration blog DEI series (approximately 200–300 words) on a topic of their choice. For inspiration, check out the AILA DEI Committee’s 21-Day Racial Equity Invitation, which provides several potential themes, resources, and lessons on the role of structural racism within immigration law and policy.

COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION

Application deadline is October 31, 2022.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19052235.