Affording Opportunity: Private Support for Student Scholarships

Private support for student scholarships plays an increasingly vital role in the Law School's ability to attract the most outstanding students. Financial assistance is often the deciding factor for applicants. In the $75 million For the Bold campaign to ensure the Law School’s future, our top priority is scholarships.

In 2015, anonymous donors supported the campaign by creating a $20 million endowment for scholarships at the Law School and a separate endowment of $20 million for scholarships at the Mason School of Business. The donors wanted these gifts to encourage and incentivize others to join them in supporting scholarships. In order to qualify for the gift, we must match the endowment’s income, dollar for dollar, on an annual basis. In short, we must raise $500,000 in scholarship dollars each year in order to meet the necessary match.

For more information on how you can support this match and help deserving students, please visit

Students Speak

Perry AustinPerry F. Austin '18: Paul and Joel Shapiro Family Scholarship
Hometown: Florence, SC
B.A., Clemson University, 2013; M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, 2015

Simply put, I would not have been able to attend William & Mary without the Shapiro Scholarship. I am endlessly grateful to the Shapiro family for their generosity, and I am determined to pay it forward.



Stephanie LauterbachStephanie B. Lauterbach '19: Lawrence W. I'Anson Scholarship
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
B.A., William & Mary, 2016

While W&M Law was already the best economic and ‘value’ choice among Virginia law schools, the I’Anson Scholarship made attending law school here even more affordable and feasible for me. Because of my scholarship, I don’t have to stress about being saddled with mountains of debt. This freedom has allowed me to explore many different career options without worrying about how much I’ll have to make after graduation just to repay student loans.


Jada MossJada L. Moss '19: Frances Mary Hale Scholarship
Hometown: Newport News, VA
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015

I am extremely thankful to be the recipient of the Frances Mary Hale Scholarship. I truly appreciate the benevolence of Earle T. Hale and other alumni who continue to support and encourage the legal education of myself and my peers.



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