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Complete and submit the following form to apply for the 2024  Frederic L. Ballard, Jr. Scholarship. Application instructions are below and more information about the scholarship can be found here.

Online Application Instructions
  1. DEADLINE for submitting completed applications and all forms required by the application is Friday, March 8, 2024, 5:00pm (EST).
  2. Refer to criteria section for eligibility requirements.
  3. Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.
  4. If any question does not apply to you, please put N/A in the space provided.
  5. Be sure to click “Submit” after completing the online application.
  6. You will be notified no later than March 15, 2024, if you have been selected as a scholarship recipient.
  7. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Linda Wyman at (202) 503-3300 or

NOTE: Please do not call or e-mail to inquire about the results of scholarship selections.

Scholarship Criteria

(Must meet #1; all other criteria will be factors considered in selection of the scholarship recipients)

  1. Current enrollment in the Doctor of Jurisprudence Program or a Masters of Law (LL.M.) Program at an accredited law school located within the United States of America.
  2. Cumulative law school GPA and class rank.
  3. Previous experience (full-time or part-time job, summer clerkship or internship) working in or with one or more state or local governments or in the public finance area.
  4. Expectation of practicing in municipal law or public finance law upon graduation from law school.
Scholarships Awards
  1. There will be up to five scholarships awarded to qualified applicants. The National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) reserves the right to award fewer than five scholarships.  Through a donation from the American College of Bond Counsel, one of the five scholarships has been designated for a diverse candidate.  (“Diverse” as defined by the American Bar Association, includes “minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities”.)
  2. Each scholarship will include (a) waiver of the enrollment fee to The Essentials: 2024 conference scheduled to be held April 10-12, 2024, at the Courtland Grand Hotel in Atlanta, GA, (b) complimentary hotel lodging (checking in on April 10 and checking out on April 12) at the Courtland Grand, (c) reimbursement of roundtrip airfare (not including any checked baggage fees) at coach/economy class rates for nonrefundable fares booked no less than 14 days prior to the departure date, and (d) reimbursement of ground transportation to and from the scholarship recipient’s departing airport and to and from Atlanta airport (limited to the cost of taxi service).  Reimbursement for the items listed in clauses (c) and (d) must be made on a form provided by NABL, and receipts for paid expenses must accompany requests for reimbursement. Requests for reimbursement must be submitted within 30 days of incurring the expense, and requests for reimbursement not submitted to NABL within this time frame will not be paid.
  3. You can view The Essentials 2024 information here.  
Scholarship Requirements
  1. Completed application.
  2. Proof of current student enrollment in the Doctor of Jurisprudence Program or Masters of Law (LL.M.) Program at an accredited law school located within the United States of America.
  3. Official law school transcript.
  4. Current resume.