The Houston Young Lawyers Association is awarding two (2) scholarships to diverse law students at each of the three Houston-area law schools, one for $1,000 and one for $500, for a total of six (6) scholarship awards.

The HYLA Diversity & Inclusion Committee was established in 2016 and is celebrating its fifth year of programming! Its objectives are:

  • to engage with lawyers of color, women lawyers, lawyers with disabilities, and lawyers with nontraditional sexual orientations and gender identification;
  • to promote increased participation by diverse lawyers in the activities, programs, and projects of the Houston Young Lawyers Association; and
  • to encourage all members of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and the greater Houston legal community to acknowledge the importance of diversity, to promote greater inclusion of diverse members of the profession, and to facilitate greater access to programs, services, and employment opportunities for diverse members of the profession.

The Diversity Scholarship Program is one of the many Diversity & Inclusion Committee sponsored activities/programs designed to meet these objectives each year. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee members review all scholarship applications and select the scholarship recipients based on the criteria described below. HYLA recognizes diversity based upon gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, socio-economic status, and geography.


The Diversity & Inclusion Committee intends to award scholarships to one or more law students at each of the ABA-accredited law schools in Houston. The recipient must be attending one of the Houston-area law schools. In awarding the scholarships, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee will consider the applicant’s resume, response to the essay questions, demonstrated commitment to diversity through HYLA, and other criteria, such as academic performance.

TO APPLY, email a completed application to:

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON APRIL 2, 2021. (HYLA will not accept any late applications.)

Scholarship winners will be announced, and winners will be invited to attend ,the HYLF/HYLA Law Day Luncheon on Friday, May 7, 2021.