Joel White Scholarship

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is proud to announce the creation of the Joel White Scholarship for law school students. The scholarship honors the late First Amendment attorney Joel White, who died in 2018. White was a former president of the FOI Foundation of Texas board and a longtime champion for free speech, free press and open government.

Eligible Applicants: Students attending a Texas law school and interested in First Amendment law. Financial need is not a determining factor in selection of the scholarship recipient but will be considered.

Scholarship amount: $1,000

Timeline: Inaugural scholarship recipient to be announced in February 2022, for use during the 2022-23 academic year. Application deadline is Feb. 4, 2022.

Process: Applicants must submit the FOIFT scholarship application, their resume and an essay explaining their legal career goals and why they are applying. Law school enrollment will be verified by the FOI Foundation of Texas executive director. Scholarship money will be paid directly by FOIFT to the law school to apply to tuition and fees.

Essay instructions: Provide a written essay of 500 words maximum about your reasons for pursuing a legal career, the type of law you are interested in and how you are preparing for that career. Please explain your interest in First Amendment law. Include in the essay why you are applying for the scholarship.