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Balfour Scholarship Guidelines
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Thanks to a series of continuing grants from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, the Phi Delta Phi Legal Institute has distributed over $650,000 in scholarship service awards through the various Balfour Scholarships.  Interest income from the Balfour scholarship grants may provide a number of $2,500 USD scholarships this academic year.



  • Prior winners of Balfour Scholarships are precluded from entering subsequent competitions.

  • Candidates must have completed one full year of legal study.

Candidates must have been initiated into Phi Delta Phi International on or before June 29.

Each Inn may select up to five 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.


Each Province President has the responsibility for selecting a committee made up of two Phi Delta Phi Barristers and the Province President, which will be responsible for selecting the Province candidates.  If the Province President, after due diligence, is unable to establish such a Committee, then the Province President shall form a committee of one.  If the position of Province President is vacant, the Council Member having responsibility for that Province shall be deemed to be the Province President for these purposes.


The Committee will choose no more than three candidates from among those applications submitted by the Inns and will forward one copy of the application for each Province candidate to International Headquarters on or before November 15.  Applications will be collected and forwarded to the Justices of Phi Delta Phi’s Court of Appeals. 


NOTE: As part of the submission, the Province President shall include a ranking of the Province candidates by the Committee and may, should the Committee so desire, provide any additional submissions regarding service to the Inn or to Phi Delta Phi International by the candidates for consideration by the Court of Appeals.  Should the submissions be received by Headquarters without such ranking, then Headquarters shall secure such ranking prior to sending the entries to the Court of Appeals.



The Court of Appeals will determine the recipients of the Balfour Scholarship Awards based on service to the Inn, to Phi Delta Phi and on scholastic merit.  There is no requirement that there be any scholarship winners in a given year or that each Province have scholarship winners.  Further, Headquarters is authorized from year to year to make such amendments to the guidelines as may be necessary for administrative purposes.


The recipients of Balfour Scholarship awards will be announced on the Phi Delta Phi Web Site,, on or before January 31.