The Tony Patiño Fellowship is a merit scholarship awarded to law students who demonstrate leadership, a commitment to public service, and outstanding academic and personal achievement. The Fellowship is offered through three law schools: Columbia Law School; University of California Hastings College of the Law, and the University of Chicago Law School. The Fellowship is among the largest privately-offered merit awards for law students in the country, and has awarded more than $4 million in grants to more than 200 Fellows since its founding in 1974.
There are over 200 Tony Patiño Fellows working and contributing to their communities worldwide. Tony Patiño Fellows are leaders – people of character and capability. Fellows include an Assistant Secretary of State, a former United States Attorney, an international war crimes tribunal prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, government lawyers, White House staffers, Congressional committee staffers, local government elected officials, labor attorneys, non-profit and NGO founders and directors, entrepreneurs, in-house attorneys, private practice attorneys, artists and authors.
Students admitted to Columbia Law School, University of California Hastings College of the Law, and the University of Chicago Law School can download an application from their law school website. Applicants must submit a completed application, a personal statement, and references and recommendations to their law school.