President Bettina Yanez with the 2020 Wally Davis Scholarship Recipients Cecilia Bermudez of UCI School of Law, Martha Martinez of Western State College of Law, Monserrat Reyes of UCLA School of Law, and Daisy Bautista of Western State College of Law, at the 2020 OCHBA Annual Fundraising Event.
“Education is the key that opens up hidden treasures within”
Did you know that Latinos constitute almost 50% of California’s population, yet less than 4% of California’s attorneys are Latino? To bridge this gap, the HBA Annual Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser raises funds for the Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community. The Scholarship Fund was named in honor of Wallace (Wally) R. Davis, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County. He rose to the highest ranks in the legal profession, co-founding the HBA and championing the struggles of the Latino community. By assisting young Latino law students, this scholarship is awarded to those who would follow in his footsteps.
Applications will be reviewed by the HBA Scholarship Committee. Please note the following dates:
October 29, 2021: Application deadline. All materials must be postmarked by this date.
January 14, 2022 : Notification of scholarship awards will be mailed by this date
The Wally Davis Scholarship is Available to All Student Regardless of Immigration Status.
Other scholarships available through the Orange County Community Foundation may be obtained at www.oc-cf.org.
More information on the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF), can be obtained at www.heef.org.
This fund is sponsored by the O. C. Hispanic Bar Association and awards stipends to Orange County law students with strong Latinx ties. Recipients are honored and expected to be present at our annual gala to be held next year on March 2022 at the Irvine Marriott.
Eligible bar takers must be 3-L law students or registrants of the February 2022 California Bar Exam and of Latino origin and involved in the Latino community. Priority will be given to bar takers with significant ties to Orange County. Stipends are open to bar takers regardless of immigration status. The OCHBA requests your authorization to print and display portions of your personal statement and picture in our program and at our Gala for the purpose of raising scholarship and stipend funds for future years.
A maximum of one – two (1-2) stipend awards will be given and a maximum of $1,500.00 will be distributed among the scholarship winners.
Please note the following dates:
October 22, 2021: Application deadline. All materials must be postmarked by this date.
December 2021/January 2022: Notification of stipend recipients will be sent.