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Balfour Minority Guidelines
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In September 1997, the Phi Delta Phi Legal Institute, the research and educational arm of the Phi Delta Phi International, launched a minority scholarship program – the BALFOUR PHI DELTA PHI MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND – funded by a $100,000 grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, administered by Bank of America’s Foundation and Philanthropic Services of Boston, Massachusetts.


One of the purposes of the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation is to make higher education more available to urban, minority youth, by providing scholarship assistance.  The Foundation is especially interested in minority education projects affecting New England, and Massachusetts in particular.


The Phi Delta Phi Legal Institute, in its grant application, stated that the new Minority Scholarship Program to be administered by the Institute is to encourage minority law students to return to the inner cities of the country to engage in the practice of law and, while doing so, to serve as role models for urban, minority youth.  In selecting the minority scholarship winners, those applicants from the New England states, if otherwise qualified, will be given priority status. 


In announcing the grant and an additional grant of $50,000 to be applied to the on-going Balfour Scholarship Fund, the distribution committee of the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation stated –


The Committee was very impressed with your ongoing programs and your effort to expand programming to benefit the minority community. We wish you continued success.”



Interest income from the Balfour Phi Delta Phi Minority Scholarship Fund will provide one two thousand, five hundred dollar ($2,500 USD) grant this academic year.



  • Prior winners of Balfour Scholarships are precluded from entering this competition.
  • Candidates must be members of Phi Delta Phi International for a minimum of one year.
  • The term minority shall include African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic and LGBT students.  By submitting an application for this Scholarship, a student swears or affirms that he or she is a minority as defined herein.  
  • Candidates must be in good academic standing and currently in their last scholastic year of legal education.
  • Candidates must affirm that their present intent is to practice law in the inner-cities of the United States, and New England in particular.



Each Inn may select up to three candidates. The Inn is responsible for notifying headquarters of its candidates by submitting a Scholarship Nomination Form as soon as they have been selected.  Selection procedures shall be consistent with the general Balfour Minority Scholarship objectives stated above and shall be incorporated into the Inn Bylaws prior to candidate selection. 


Each Inn will submit a copy of application Form BSA-I for each candidate to International Headquarters on or before October 11.  Applications and materials shall be emailed to


letter from the Dean of the law school, or a letter from an associate dean on behalf of the Dean of the law school, certifying the good academic and class standing of each candidate shall accompany every application.  A brief biographical sketch of the candidate or résumé shall accompany every application.  Failure to submit either a letter or a biographical sketch will automatically disqualify an applicant.


NOTE:  Please note that application Form BSA-I serves as an application form for the Balfour Scholarship, the International Exchange Scholarship and the Balfour Minority Scholarship.



Applications will be collected by International Headquarters and forwarded to the Justices of Phi Delta Phi’s Court of Appeals.


The Court of Appeals will determine the recipients of the Balfour Minority Scholarships based upon service to Phi Delta Phi, scholastic merit and individual essay, not to exceed 750 words, stating why they believe themselves qualified to serve as role models for minority youth.  There is no requirement that there be any scholarship winners in a given year.


The recipient of the Balfour Minority Scholarship award will be announced on the Phi Delta Phi Web Site,, on or before January 31.