Turco Muñoz Domestic Violence Survivor Scholarship
Domestic violence, in its many forms, is more common than you probably realize. It typically occurs behind closed doors, out of the eye of the public. Out of fear, embarrassment, financial dependency or a variety of other reasons, survivors often keep the abuse a secret.
The numbers are eye-opening. Here are a few, courtesy of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. About twenty people per minute are physically abused in the United States by an intimate partner. That’s one instance every three seconds. One in five women have been raped during their lifetime and one in fifteen children have been exposed to partner violence.
Making the problem worse, victims of intimate partner violence have higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health issues, depression and suicidal behavior. This is a problem that needs more smart minds dedicated to its solution.
Empowerment through Education
The Turco Muñoz Domestic Violence Survivor Scholarship helps the cause by supporting the education of those who intend to professionally help with the domestic violence crisis. We help by annually paying a $1,000 tuition payment to the school of the scholarship winner.
Candidates must meet these minimum eligibility requirements:
- Must have some victim advocacy experience serving DV survivors. For example, experiences as a victim advocate, family law paralegal, social worker, investigator, or other employee of an organization whose mission is to serve domestic violence survivors.
- Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or other regional accreditation provider. Please note, you need not be currently attending law school to be eligible. An eligible applicant may be one who has been accepted by a law school, has enrolled, but for whom classes have not yet started.
- Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or equivalent for schools not utilizing GPA. Note, for applicants who have not yet received a grade report from their law schools, the selection committee will consider final undergraduate or equivalent GPA.
- Must have a genuine intention to focus your career after graduation to serving survivors of domestic violence.
Eligible candidates must submit their complete applications, consisting of the following three documents, for consideration.
- Application Form
- Letter of Recommendation from a current or former employer, mentor, or professor
Method of Application and Submission Period
- Applicants must submit their complete applications through the submission portal found by clicking the link below.
- Each year, the application process opens on May 15th. The application deadline is June 30th. All applications received outside of that period will not be considered by the Selection Committee but may be resubmitted when the application process reopens.
Selection Process and Timeline
The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all complete applications prior to July 14th. The selection process considers each eligible applicant’s academic performance, employment and volunteer experience, financial need, and plans after graduation. The Committee may hold interviews as needed to make a final decision. The scholarship will be awarded on or about July 15th and shall be paid by Turco Legal, PC directly to the winner’s law school for the purpose of tuition assistance.
PLEASE NOTE – THE SCHOLARSHIP SUBMISSION BUTTON WILL BE INACTIVE UNTIL MAY 15TH.