The Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys Foundation, Inc. (“MBWA”) is proud to offer its first annual Blanche E. Braxton Bar Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote diversity in the legal profession in Massachusetts by providing financial assistance to a member of MBWA while she studies for the Uniform Bar Exam and Massachusetts Law Component administered by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. This scholarship is made possible through the generous donations of MBWA members and friends, and MBWA fundraising efforts.

Blanche E. Braxton graduated from Portia School of Law (currently New England Law | Boston) in 1921. In 1923, Attorney Braxton became the first African American woman to be admitted to the Massachusetts bar. In 1933, Attorney Braxton became the first African American woman to practice in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.



Applicants must submit all of the following:

• Completed 2018 Blanche E. Braxton Scholarship Application, attaching additional sheets as necessary to provide complete answers
• Resume
• Current transcript
• Class registration or other proof of enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year
• Essay of 500 words or less discussing applicant’s academic, personal, and professional accomplishments, the importance of having black female attorneys in the legal profession, and how she intends to contribute to the legal profession in Massachusetts.


Completed applications must be received by March 30, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified in advance and officially announced at the Ida B. Wells Annual Awards Tea, to be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

All applications, essays, and required materials must be submitted in PDF format to

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