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The program is currently closed. Please check back in February for updated program information.

The Daniel O. Bernstine Scholarship Fund
Application status: Closed

“The world is going to be a very different place in the future than anything you or I can envision. You have to continue to prepare yourself through education…My challenge to you is to maximize the opportunities you have before you.” – Dan Bernstine

Born in Berkeley, CA in 1947, Dan was raised in working-class Richmond, CA. His parents were sharecroppers in Natchitoches, Louisiana before moving to California where they stressed the importance of education to their five children. His father Annias (who worked as a janitor) cleaned law offices and would take Dan to work with him on occasion. That is where he first developed his interest in the law. He attended El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, CA. There, he was on the football team, was class President and was voted “Friendliest Person,” as well. He attended UC Berkeley before moving on to law school at Northwestern University. Dan would go on to receive his LLM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; serve as a professor of law and interim dean at Howard University; dean at the University of Wisconsin Law School and president of Portland State University (OR) for ten years. In 2007, he was named president of the Law School Admissions Council in Newtown, PA where he served until his untimely death in 2016. In his memory, through generous donations made by his friends and colleagues, The Daniel O. Bernstine Fund has established a scholarship program to assist students residing in Richmond, Berkeley, or El Cerrito, California who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Daniel O. Bernstine Scholarship Fund must:

  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current college undergraduates
  • Be from or currently residing in Richmond, Berkeley, or El Cerrito, CA.
  • Be age 25 or younger at the application deadline date
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award. Up to three awards will be granted.

Awards are one-time only.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation. Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Fund play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Preference will be given to applicants who identify as African American.

Applicants will be notified in late April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Fund. Scholarship checks are made payable to the attending institutions and mailed to the student in one installment early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation must be submitted on your behalf.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

The Fund has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!