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.

Click here for the Blanche E. Braxton Scholarship 2020 Application. Please send the complete application to by March 1, 2020

Past Recipients

Stella T. Oyalabu
Boston University School of Law

Courtney M. Person
New England Law | Boston