The NAPABA Law Foundation carries out its work primarily by awarding scholarships and fellowships that promote the interests of the Asian Pacific American community. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships and nearly $1 milion in fellowships and internships.

The Foundation awards scholarships on a nationwide basis to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. These scholarships are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar associations, and individuals.

NLF welcomes corporate, foundation, community, and individual donations to support its educational and charitable activities. All donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Han C. Choi Scholarship

The NAPABA Law Foundation has partnered with the Choi Family to create the Han C. Choi Scholarship, to honor a NAPABA Trailblazer, mentor and leader, who embodies grit and courage in the face of great adversity.  The Scholarship Fund will benefit a 1L or 2L law student candidates who exhibit academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, mentorship experience, and demonstrate an interest in AAPI civic issues. Special consideration will also be given to applicants who have been adversely affected by cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor). 

Award Amount: $5000

Deadline: March 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET

Please review the online application instructions prior to submitting an application.

The Sharon and Ivan Fong Scholarship

The Sharon and Ivan Fong Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to 1L law students who have outstanding professional promise and leadership potential. Applicants will be evaluated for (a) academic excellence in their undergraduate school years and first year of law school, (b) leadership experience, (c) volunteerism or service in the public interest, (d) knowledge of social and cultural issues of any one or more AAPI communities or commitment to making a significant impact on issues affecting one or more AAPI communities, or both, and (e) commitment to “pay it forward.” The NAPABA Law Foundation will award from the Sharon and Ivan Fong Scholarship Fund at least one $5,000 scholarship each year, half of which would be distributed to the recipient in his or her second year of law school and the remainder of which would be distributed to the recipient in his or her third year of law school.

Award Amount: at least $5000 split equally over 2 years. First disbursement will be in September of the second year of law school. Subject to the Scholar’s continued (i) strong academic performance and good character; and (ii) dedication to the concepts set forth in scholarship, the second disbursement will be in September of the the second year of law school.

Deadline: June 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET

NLF Scholarships

NLF Scholarship

NLF Presidential Scholarship

UPS/ NLF Gold Mountain Scholarship

The Low Family Scholarship

Chris Nakamura Scholarship

LimNexus Scholarship


NLF Scholarships 

In addition to the named scholarships, NLF will award $2,000 scholarships with reference to the quality of the applicant pool. In recent years, eight to ten such additional scholarships have been awarded each year.

NLF Presidential Scholarships 

NLF awards two NLF Presidential Scholarships at $7,500 each yearly. Recipients are selected each year from all scholarship applicants in consultation with the NAPABA President, who selects awardees who have demonstrated outstanding leadership to serve the APA community.


UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships

The UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships are awarded to promising law students dedicated to the Asian Pacific American community who are the first in their family to attend law school. Two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded who meet the following requirements:

First in their immediate family to be currently enrolled in, and in good standing, at an American Bar Association (ABA) or Association of American Law Schools (AALS) accredited law school in the United States. Submission of a completed NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship Application.

  • Demonstrated commitment to pro bono and/or public interest legal work

  • Demonstrated financial need

  • Permanent resident or U.S. citizen

  • Commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American Community

Previous winners of the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships and immediate family members of UPS employees are ineligible for the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship.

The Low Family Scholarship

In recognition of the NAPABA Law Foundation’s 20th Anniversary in 2014, NLF Board Member Ronald Low, one of the original founders of NAPABA, and his wife Wanda Denson-Low, retired Senior Vice President for the Boeing Company and former recipient of the NAPABA 2004 Women’s Leadership Award, have generously donated $50,000 to the NLF to fund this scholarship in perpetuity. One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student who has a history of demonstrated leadership and/or community service to the Asian Pacific American Community.

Chris Nakamura Scholarships 

In 2003, the Foundation named one of these scholarships in memory of Chris Nakamura, a leader of the Asian Pacific American legal community of Arizona. The Chris Nakamura NAPABA Law Foundation Scholar will be awarded $2,500.

LimNexus Scholarship

In 2004, the Foundation established the Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship. Today, the firm, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, has a fresh new name, “LimNexus,” and celebrates its 30th Anniversary. LimNexus continues its support of the Foundation by offering a $2,500 scholarship.

NLF uses an online combined scholarship application for the scholarships listed above.

  • Nov. 29, 2018 | The 2019 application is available

  • Sept. 2, 2019 | The application must be complete by 5 p.m. ET

  • Nov. 2019 | NLF Scholars announced

  • Nov. 7-10, 2019 | NAPABA Convention, Austin

Please review the application and scholarship FAQs prior to contacting NLF.