2015 EECU Scholarship winner Jodie Howard


2015 Goodwin Bar Scholarship winner Whitney Hendricks

San Joaquin College of Law will offer scholarships to two students entering in the Fall of 2016.  Each is worth $9000:

The Hugh Goodwin Bar Association ScholarshipThis Scholarship is named after the Honorable Hugh W. Goodwin, the first African American to hold the position of Judge in Fresno County.  The applicant must self-identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group which is underrepresented in the legal profession and have an established record of community service.  Whitney Hendricks won the scholarship last year. Over the last five years, she has worked at two prisons, two addiction treatment programs, and served as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Madera County Behavioral Health Services.  She has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from Fresno State. 

The deadline to apply for the Goodwin Scholarship is June 30, 2016. For more information or to apply, click here.

The Educational Employees Credit Union Scholarship

This scholarship is the result of a partnership between SJCL and EECU in hopes of stemming the “Brain Drain,” where many of the brightest young minds in the Valley go away to school, never to return.  Applicants must be a member of EECU as of the February 15th prior to the intended enrollment at SJCL, show an established record of community service, and submit an essay explaining why they are interested in practicing law in the San Joaquin Valley.   Jodie Howard won last year’s Scholarship.  Her path to Law School began a decade ago, when developmental specialists were unable to diagnose her son’s disability.  The ensuing years of battling for proper accommodations under Federal and State Special Education Rights laws led her to publish numerous articles. She has been Director of Community Relations and Family Resources for the California Autism Center and Learning Group and sits on the Board of Directors of Fresno/Madera Chapter of Families for Effective Autism Treatment. 

The deadline to apply for the EECU Scholarship is May 15, 2016.  For more information or an application, click here. In addition to the $9,000 scholarship for an incoming student, EECU also provides a $4,500 scholarship for a second year student at SJCL.  Both the Law School and EECU see the value of education as more than just a vehicle to personal enrichment; educated communities see enhancements ranging from economic growth to cultural enrichment, improved health, and decreased crime.