Every year the American Samoa Bar Association presents its Legal Education Scholarship to a law student who has graduated from an American Samoa high school or has personal ties to American Samoa. The scholarship is a key part of the Bar Association’s efforts to promote the legal profession in the territory, and to help home-grown students become licensed attorneys.
In 2020, the American Samoa Bar Association awarded three scholarships for current law students of Samoan ancestry. The three recipients are:
- Joseph V. Langkilde, a First Year Student at the Harvard Law School. Langkilde is a 2013 graduate of Faasao-Marist High School and is from Iliili, American Samoa.
- Ian Tapu, a third-year student at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii – Manoa. Mr. Tapu has roots in Faleniu and Poloa.
- Jazmine Tapusoa, a third year student at the J. Reuben Law School at the Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. Tapusoa is the granddaughter of Dr. Uimaiitua Poloai of Olosega, Manu’a.
The deadline for the 2021-2022 is now OPEN! Below are requirements for the scholarship:
If you graduated from an American Samoa high school or have personal ties with American Samoa and you are currently enrolled as a post-graduate law student in good standing, then you are eligible to apply for an American Samoa Bar Association Legal Education Scholarship grant for the 2021-2022 academic year. The ASBA will award a minimum of $1,000 in scholarship grants this year.
To apply, please submit a resume or similar document that includes the following information:
1. The name of your high school and year of graduation.
2. If you did not graduate from an American Samoa high school, describe your personal ties with American Samoa.
3. The names of the colleges and universities that you attended, degrees attained, major courses of study, graduation date, honors, and grade point average at graduation.
4. The name of the law school where you are presently enrolled. If you are entering your first year of study, please provide written evidence of enrollment. If you are a returning student, please provide your year of study, honors, and current grade point average.
5. Describe your academic program, work experience, and extra-curricular activities.
6. Provide a brief description of your law-related goals and plans for the future.
Please submit completed applications to Lornalei C. Meredith, President, American Samoa Bar Association, P.O.Box 23, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799, tel. (684) 699-3151., or submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Please note that your completed application must be post-marked or received via email no later than June 30, 2021 in order to be considered.