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On this page you will find information about:

  • Academic Works - the program through which you will apply for all of your scholarships!
  • Information about scholarships offered by the Legal Studies major!


All your scholarships. All in one place.

  • The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) has implemented an exciting and convenient new system, Academic Works, which automatically matches you with the scholarships you’re eligible for.
  • These include scholarships offered through SBS, Commonwealth Honors College, CICS, the Alumni Association, financial aid, and your major department
  • Financial aid scholarships are available, as well as scholarships for internships, research, studying abroad and more.
  • Simply enroll in Academic Works, fill out the general scholarship application and the application for your college, and watch as all the scholarships you’re qualified for are populated on your screen.

How to enroll and apply



  • Complete (or update) the General Application
    • After that’s done, any additional Financial Aid awards that apply to you, will automatically be awarded. You don’t have to apply. (And Fin Aid awards are granted throughout the year, so be sure to update the General Application again at the start of the next semester.)
  • Complete any Conditional (or college) Application(s). 
    • Press “submit” when complete. Answers can be edited later if needed.


  • Look at the list of “recommended opportunities”
  • If you meet the requirements, you can apply to the award
  • You might need to answer a few more questions, but you’re close to being done!
  • PLEASE NOTE – not all awards require a particular GPA

If you’d like more help, watch this video

Feel free to contact Adrian Grace with questions. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Enroll in Academic Works


Scholarships offered by the Legal Studies Major

Apply for all awards via Academic Works (see instructions above). Scholarships are open for applications early in the Spring semester. See Academic Works for scholarship application deadlines. 

John W. Lederle Endowed Student Internship Fund in Public and Non-Profit Service Scholarship

Established by Angie K. Lederle in the name of her husband, John W. Lederle, former President of University of Massachusetts, 1960 – 1970, to provide financial aid for selected undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who would benefit from practical internship experience with local, state, and national government or non-profit agencies. First generation college students, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and students with documented financial need are particularly encouraged to apply. Internships must take place in either summer 2021 or fall 2021 with a local, state, or national government or non-profit agency. Award amount: $1,000 - $2,000

Coleman Family Fund Scholarship

The Coleman Family Fund Scholarship is made available through the generosity of legal studies alumni Christopher F. Coleman ’94 to support legal studies majors who conduct an internship or research assistantship in summer 2021. The scholarship will be awarded to a legal studies major who is in good academic standing and has demonstrated financial need who secures an internship or research assistantship opportunity for summer 2021. Applicants must submit documentation to substantiate their internship or research assignment, a resume, and a cover letter explaining how they would benefit from this opportunity by to be considered. Award amount: $3,000

Sheldon Goldman Scholarship

The Sheldon Goldman Scholarship was established to honor Professor Goldman for his nearly 50 years of teaching, service and research in the Department of Political Science and to celebrate his promotion to Distinguished Professor. It is designed to provide assistance to a Political Science junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in Public Law and Judicial Politics. The recipient must have a GPA of at least 3.5. Award amount: $500 - $1,000

The Paul and Lynn Hohenberger Scholarship

The Paul and Lynn Hohenberger Scholarship was established by Paul ('87) and Lynn Hohenberger to support Political Science or Legal Studies majors with connections to Holyoke, MA. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be eligible for university financial aid. Preference is given to students who reside in or were born in Holyoke, but students who have interned or volunteered in the city, currently work there, or have demonstrated an interest in the city in some other way are encouraged to apply and explain their connection to the city in their essay. Award amount: $2,500

Paul R. Schuldiner Memorial Scholarship

Paul R. Shuldiner Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Paul R. (“Randy”) Shuldiner ’75 by his family, this scholarship supports legal studies students with an interest in legal research and writing, as demonstrated through an original commentary on an article about civil liberties and civil rights.  Award amount: $500 - $1,000

Shep Shepard Award

The Shep Shepard Award was established in honor of Claude L. "Shep" Shepard; his spirit, energy, humanity, wisdom, and his contributions to the development, enhancement and preservation of the department of Legal Studies. One or more juniors or seniors in Legal Studies will receive the award for achievement of academic excellence and contributions to the community. Award amount: $500