The Needham Kepner & Fish LLP Scholarship

At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we are committed to community service, social responsibility, and advancing equal access to justice. In accordance with our values, we are proudly offering a scholarship to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated a pattern of and a commitment to helping those less fortunate, promoting equality, and improving our nation’s communities.

Presenting our scholarship to an undergraduate student each year enables Needham Kepner & Fish LLP to “pay it forward” and recognize students who share our passion and values. We are honored by the opportunity to offer this scholarship to a dedicated and hard-working undergraduate student who recognizes that an element of personal success is service to others. In brief, we want to invest our resources in others who advance our philosophy and values.




Current enrollment as an undergraduate student at an approved university or have been accepted to an approved university. Current undergraduate students applying for this scholarship must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and provide a current transcript to qualify for consideration.  


Compose a 1,200 – 1,500 word essay detailing how you have and/or plan to apply your undergraduate education and life experience to provide a service to a community or class of individuals. Has our current legal system supported or hindered your endeavors and, if so, in what ways? If you could change our laws or our legal system to better support your efforts to improve our society, what changes would you make? How will an award of this scholarship help you advance your goals? Why should Needham Kepner & Fish LLP select you as a recipient of this scholarship?

As a supplement to your essay, record a video of yourself, no longer than 10 minutes explaining key points you discussed in your essay. Your video should include a summarization of what your essay covered. The best videos are generally one-take shots that are not overly rehearsed.

Provide proof of enrollment or your acceptance letter from an accredited university listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s official website along with a copy of your transcripts if you are currently an undergraduate student.

By submitting your application to Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, you are agreeing to the terms in the privacy policy and terms and conditions below which includes your acknowledgment that your submission may be shared publicly.


Please email your submission to:

In order to receive consideration, you must include:

  • Your Full Legal Name
  • Current Mailing Address
  • An email address that we may contact you at
  • A U.S. phone number that we may contact you at
  • A brief statement of your current academic status as well as evidence that you are currently enrolled at a college, in good standing, and meet the GPA requirements as set forth above. By applying for this scholarship, you give Needham Kepner & Fish LLP and its agents express consent to confirm your admission and attendance by contacting the college or university directly.
  • Your written submission attached as a Word document. Essays in any other file format will not be accepted.
  • Please upload your video to YouTube. Include a YouTube link in your email. Title the video with Needham Kepner & Fish LLP Scholarship and your first and last name. When uploading your video to YouTube, please provide a link to our scholarship page in the appropriate place.


The deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 30, 2017. The winner will be announced by July 1, 2017.


  • The winning candidate will be selected based on the student’s essay and video by an assigned member or agent of Needham Kepner & Fish LLP.
  • The scholarship recipient will receive the funds within 90 days of notification of award.
  • This scholarship is applicable to one academic school year.


Privacy Policy: By submitting a scholarship application for 2017-2018 academic year, the applicant automatically grants Needham Kepner & Fish LLP permission to post the applicant’s name, college, photo (if submitted), YouTube video, and essay on Needham Kepner & Fish LLP’s website, blog or in other marketing materials or communications, regardless whether or not the candidate is awarded our scholarship. An applicant for our scholarship also grants permission to call and/or send communications pertaining to the submitted scholarship application.

Terms of Use: When you initiate email communications with Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, Needham Kepner & Fish LLP and/or its agents may retain those communications and any attachments to process or respond to your communications related to our scholarship. Needham Kepner & Fish LLP and its authorized agents will not knowingly sell, share, rent or otherwise transfer your information other than in accordance with the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy. By submitting an application for our scholarship, you give us your express consent to confirm your acceptance and/or admission and attendance at the university by contacting the institution’s office of admissions for verification.


Photos, videos, and essays submitted by an applicant must be the original work of the applicant. Only one submission will be accepted per student, per academic year. Duplicate scholarship applications will be disqualified. All scholarship awards are non-renewable. By submitting an application for the Needham Kepner & Fish LLP Scholarship, you certify that all the information you have true and correct.

The applicant automatically grants Needham Kepner & Fish LLP and its agents permission to:

  • Use their full name, photograph, essay response, video, and award amount, if any, in announcements or articles (i.e. social media, newsletter, etc.) issued by Needham Kepner & Fish LLP.
  • Post the applicant’s full name, university name and year of attendance, video, and essay on Needham Kepner & Fish LLP’s website.
  • Call, mail, and/or send communications to the applicant regarding their application.
  • Scholarship award recipients will be notified via email and announced publicly in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Needham Kepner & Fish LLP scholarship.

Students must provide verifiable proof of current enrollment at an accredited US university within 21 calendar days of submitting an application for the Needham Kepner & Fish LLP scholarship by submitting the documentation as provided above. In the event a winner cannot prove their enrollment at an accredited university, Needham Kepner & Fish LLP will disqualify that individual for an award of our scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Scholarship award recipients shall agree to provide high-resolution .jpeg images or high-resolution scans of original prints or negatives of all submitted documents and materials for reproduction by Needham Kepner & Fish LLP. The images or scans must accompany a signed statement granting Needham Kepner & Fish LLP the right to use them, according to the terms and conditions of the Needham Kepner & Fish LLP scholarship, prior to release of scholarship award funds.

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