Blanche E. Braxton Bar Preparation Scholarship
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The Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys Foundation, Inc. (“MBWA”) is proud to offer 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 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 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 current 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.

Featured Scholarship

During MBWA’s Program Year 2020 - 2021, the Middlesex Committee of the Women’s Bar Association (“WBA”) fundraised for the Blanche E. Braxton Scholarship. As a result of the WBA’s generous donation, MBWA awarded two Scholarships at the 2021 Ida B. Wells Awards Celebration. MWBA is thrilled to announce that the WBA will fundraise for the Scholarship fund for a second year! We thank the WBA for their generous support as MBWA continues to provide more financial assistance to graduating law students as they study for the Bar Exam.

Past Recipients

Temi Omilabu
Boston University School of Law

Jasmine Brown
Northeastern University School of Law

Kaila D. Clark
Northeastern University School of Law

Stella T. Oyalabu
Boston University School of Law

Courtney M. Person
New England Law | Boston