NFALA Foundation scholarship is open, ends May 31, 5 P.M.

by Kobakila News

Seattle, WA -The National Filipino American Lawyers Foundation invites law students to apply to the Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. Family Scholarship. A $5,000 grant will be awarded to one law student who demonstrates exceptional aptitude for the study of law and a strong commitment to serve or contribute to the Filipino American community as a future leader of the legal profession.

This year’s scholarship recipient will be announced during NFALA’s annual Mid-Year Conference, which will be held virtually on June 12, 2020. Completed applications must submitted no later than 5 p.m. (Pacific Day Time) on May 31, 2020.

Application for the scholarship is available at Questions should be sent to

NFALA Foundation scholarships are made available, on a competitive basis, to students who are enrolled and in good standing at least half-time in a Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), or Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) program at an ABA- or AALS- accredited U.S. law school. International J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. students are ineligible to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent U.S. residents, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. NFALA Foundation strongly encourages applications from applicants reflecting diverse cultural and experiential backgrounds, people with disabilities and of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, work experiences, national origins, sexual orientations, and ages.

NFALA Foundation Scholarships are awarded based on:

  • a. Essay
  • b. Resume
  • c. Two (2) letters for recommendation (from persons not related to you), if available; and,
  • d. Official or unofficial copies of your law school transcript (or for a first-year law student attending a law school that does not give first semester grades, a statement from your law school certifying that you are a law degree candidate enrolled at least part-time and in good standing).
Ray Ocampo Jr.

Ray Ocampo Jr. donated this year’s scholarship award. He is the principal founder of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), one of the largest NFALA regional affiliates. He is President and CEO of Samurai Surfer LLC, a private investment company. He retired in 1996 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Oracle Corporation, where he served as its chief counsel for more than a decade after the company’s initial public offering.

In 1997, he co-founded and served for two years as Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, which led to the school’s ranking by U.S. News & World Report as the country’s top intellectual property law program for 20 of the past 22 years.

The NFALA Foundation was formed in 2018 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. It works closely with NFALA to cultivate a pipeline of leaders by providing scholarship and financial aid to students interested in the legal profession, as well as spearheading fundraising efforts to support these programs.

The Foundation is led by Noel Vales, Esq., President; Elaine Calderon, Esq., Treasurer; Ray Sagun, Esq., Secretary; Board Members David Mesa, Esq. and Marc Pilotin, Esq.; and serving in ex officio capacities, Philip Nulud, Esq. (NFALA President), Kristy Gonowon, Esq. (NFALA President-Elect), and Catherine Asuncion, Esq. (NFALA Treasurer).

NFALA Foundation is the charitable arm of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA).

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