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In continuation with HIPLA's scholarship for the past several years, in 2016-17 HIPLA and the Nancy F Atlas IP Inn of Court, in conjunction with the University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, will award up to three $3,000 scholarships to Law School students in the Fall. Applications should be submitted to Hector Chavez, hchavez@skv.com, between October 4 and November 11. Selections occur in the Fall Semester. You should address the criteria below in your submittal. The completeness of your submittal against the criteria will be a factor in evaluating scholarship recipients.

  1. A demonstrated interest in intellectual property law (for example, through coursework, prior internships, prior employment, bar activities, student organization activities, publications, or participation in the Giles Rich Moot Court competition).
  2. A degree (undergraduate or graduate) in a scientific or engineering discipline or other technical education that would qualify the applicant to practice before the USPTO in patent cases. In your submission, please attest upon the honor code that you are PTO-exam eligible.
  3. Applications are considered from 2Ls and 3Ls, or the equivalent thereof for a part-time student. At the time of application, the student must have completed at least 30 hours of law study. The applicant pool is not open to 1Ls or to LLM students.
  4. Academic Merit (include a transcript)
  5. Financial Need (include a copy of your financial aid award and include any other relevant statement about need you would like the evaluators to consider)
  6. Greater consideration will be given to students who have interned for a Houston Federal Judge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or the USPTO.
  7. The applicant will preferably not have previously received a HIPLA Scholarship or Fellowship. Please state if this is the case, or if the applicant is applying a second time for the scholarship.
  8. All recipients are subject to final approval by the HIPLA and Nancy F. Atlas IP Inn of Court Boards.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2015-16
Priscilla Tran (TMSL)
Adela Pena (STCL)
Steve Maule (UH)
Munira Jesani (UH)
Samie Leigh (UH)

2014-15
Yan Xu (University of Houston)
Matthew Fronz (South Texas College of Law)
Helen Ashegbeyeri (Thurgood Marshall School of Law)
Timothy John Busse (University of Houston)
Myra T. Dioquino (South Texas College of Law)

2013-14

Matthew Cameron (University of Houston)
Kevin Hardaway (South Texas College of Law)
Lisa Hasenberg (University of Houston)

2012-13

Duane Brignac (Thurgood Marshall School of Law)
Jamaal Johnson (Thurgood Marshall School of Law)

Modinat "Abby" Kotun (University of Houston)
Michael Pham (University of Houston)
Brandon S. Bludau (University of Houston)

2011-12

Jared Grodin (South Texas College of Law)
Yujane Wu (South Texas College of Law)

Randel Cross (Thurgood Marshall School of Law)

Eleanor Tyson (University of Houston)
Blaine Larson (University of Houston)
Priya G. Prasad (University of Houston)

2010-11

Craig Walter (University of Houston)
Allan Bullwinkel (University of Houston)
Lavonne Burke (University of Houston)

Yujane Wu (South Texas School of Law)
William Carpenter (South Texas School of Law)
Sean Serraguard (South Texas School of Law)

Tiffany Johnson (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)
Corwyn Davis (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)
Sam Thomas (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)

2009-10

Rachael C Casey (University of Houston)
Eric Sellars (University of Houston)
Derek J. Battisti (University of Houston)

Krista Noelle Albregts (South Texas)
Matthew Maliel (South Texas)

Corwyn M. Davis (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)
Brennen Dunn (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)
Tiffany A. Johnson (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)

2008-09

Ryan Elisabeth Abbott (University of Houston)
D'Mark Hunter (University of Houston)
Katherine Franco (University of Houston)

Anthony Vlahos (South Texas School of Law)
Jared Howenstine (South Texas School of Law)
Erin Villasenor (South Texas School of Law)

Stephen Okoye (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)
Leshon Bennett (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)

2007-08

Domingo Llagostera (University of Houston)
Charles M. Slamon (University of Houston)
Micaela Natalie Alfaro (University of Houston)

Matthew Broaddus (South Texas School of Law)
Jared Howenstine (South Texas School of Law)
Michael Spradley (South Texas School of Law)

Christina Guerrero (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)
Patrick O'Rourke (TSU - Thurgood Marshall)