The William J. Brown Scholar Program exists to attract the best and brightest to the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. The scholarship is the most prestigious award offered to incoming law students and the only full-tuition scholarship awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded to one first year student, and is renewable for three years. In addition to receiving a full-tuition scholarship, the scholar is awarded an internship in Washington, D.C. with the National Association of State Attorneys General for the summer following the student's first year in law school. The scholar also receives a stipend to help with expenses associated with their summer internship.
ONU Law established the William J. Brown Scholarship in 2003 to honor a 1967 graduate of the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. Just four years after graduating from law school, Mr. Brown was elected Attorney General of Ohio. He served for 12 years, the longest single tenure of its kind in Ohio history, and then became a founding partner of the Columbus law firm, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.
Mr. Brown was widely known and admired for his commitment to practicing law vigorously and humanely. He had an energetic personality and sought to aid young attorneys in their professional careers. He had an abiding interest in encouraging others to make a difference in people’s lives through the law.
The scholarship seeks to affirm the qualities of mind, values, and personality presented by William J. Brown in aspiring law students of unusual promise and talent. The scholarship will be awarded to persons who demonstrate the capacity to be superior students, to be leaders in the legal community, and to leave on the law an imprint of character and distinction inspired by Mr. Brown.
Invitations to apply for the William J. Brown Scholar Program will be sent on the first of April. Students selected for consideration have LSAT scores in the top 10%-15% of the class, undergraduate GPAs placing them in the top 10% or 15% of their class, significant academic honors, substantial additional activities (varsity athletics, student government, work experience, etc.), and a demonstrated commitment to attend ONU. Students will need to complete the additional one page application and submit a 500 word essay on the role of lawyers in society.