2020 - 2021 Rattler for Justice Scholarship Application for Full Time Students 

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law boasts a history of advocacy and activism that is reflected in our mission, as well as in our academics and co-curricular activities. We take pride in our ability to attract and retain students who want to make a transformative difference in society. We want to honor some of those students and encourage their continued focus on public service in the legal profession and broader community by offering the Rattler for Justice Scholarships.

A Rattler for Justice is someone who strives to shake up the status quo to encourage positive growth; someone who seeks to rattle a few cages to ensure justice is served; or someone who serves as a catalyst for change while assisting others in need. If you fit the description of a Rattler for Justice, you’re encouraged to apply for the FAMU College of Law Rattler for Justice Scholarship.

The Rattler for Justice Scholarship will recognize students who are using their talents and skills to change the world around them, whether that’s on the FAMU College of Law campus, in the Central Florida community, or in legal education in general. The scholarship will provide full in-state tuition for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. One (1) Rattler for Justice Scholarship will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year.

To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • A member of the College of Law's full-time, incoming class of 2019-2020.
  • Currently enrolled in the full-time day program with no more than 30 credit hours as of Summer 2020, including transfer credits. 
  • Expected to graduate Spring 2022 or Summer 2022.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 at the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Social justice experience while in law school.


  • Applicants must complete the written application via the application link below.
  • Applicants must submit an essay addressing the following question: 

In light of the current demands for social justice in our society, how have you demonstrated that you are a Rattler for Justice? Please provide specific examples, and include how that experience will help to advance your legal career.


  1. The essay must be 800 to 1,000 words.
  2. The essay can be submitted by clicking on the R4J logo below or via e-mail to col_alumnidev@famu.edu.


  • Oct. 2020: Applications are accepted.
  • Jan. 8, 2021:   Application deadline. No submissions accepted after this date.
  • Feb. 25, 2021: Scholarship winners notified by email.

Scholarship award money must be used towards tuition at FAMU College of Law.

Questions? Please email: col_alumnidev@famu.edu

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