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Balfour Minority Scholarship
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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. Interest income from the Balfour Phi Delta Phi Minority Scholarship Fund will provide one $2,500 USD grant this academic year.  Applications are eligible to be submitted between September 1st and October 15th. 


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.”


  • 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.


To be considered for a Phi Delta Phi Scholarship, any Active Member (defined by the Phi Delta Phi Constitution as a law student member) must submit the Scholarship Application Form, and all required accompanying materials between September 1 and October 15.  

Required Accompanying Materials:

  • The applicant must include a 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. 
  • A brief biographical sketch of the candidate or the candidate’s résumé shall accompany every application.  Failure to submit either a letter, a biographical sketch and/or a résumé shall automatically disqualify an applicant. 
  • An individual essay, not to exceed 750 words, stating why they believe themselves qualified to serve as role models for minority youth.

Please submit the application and accompanying materials using the application form found above.  Applicants may contact Headquarters by telephone or email to verify receipt and completeness of the application.  It shall be the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that Headquarters has received his or her application and all required materials as described herein.


The application and requisite attachments shall be forwarded by Headquarters to the Justices of Phi Delta Phi’s Court of Appeals.  The Board of Directors of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Institute, Inc. has authorized the Court of Appeals to oversee the selection process and the Justices will determine the recipients of the Balfour Scholarship Awards based on service to the Inn, on service to Phi Delta Phi and on scholastic merit.  The number of scholarships awarded each year shall be determined by the Board of Directors of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Institute, Inc. and the Board may, in its sole discretion, determine that no scholarships will be awarded in any or all scholarship categories. 

The recipients of Balfour Minority Scholarship awards will be recognized on the Phi Delta Phi Web Site, via email and through social media.