OCPA Elizabeth Root Memorial Scholarship.  

Two Scholarships, valued at $500 each, will be awarded to two paralegals or paralegal students for reimbursement of paralegal education, seminars, meetings, OCPA membership or fees for certifications (example: the CP exam or preparation classes), or advanced certification (example: ACP).  Qualified applicants are asked to complete the Applicant Information Sheet and Essay and submit via email to the OCPA Scholarship Committee at scholarship@ocparalegal.org by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  All Essays submitted with be considered by OCPA Scholarship Committee using the Essay Judging Criteria listed below.  The scholarships will be awarded at the OCPA Annual Meeting, Elections and Holiday Party each year. If the OCPA Scholarship Committee deems no qualified winners, no scholarship will be awarded.


1. Current OCPA member
2. One (1) of the following two (2) qualifications:
  • Enrolled in paralegal class currently or have taken 4 units applicable to a paralegal certificate in the past 3 years
  • Currently working, or had worked as a paralegal, within the past three years

Submit your Applicant Information Sheet and Essay to the OCPA Scholarship Committee via email at scholarship@ocparalegal.org by Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Scholarship Committee will consider, in no particular order:

  • Did the response address all of the questions
  • Writing and grammar skills
  • Quality of the response

Paralegals are often described as people who are detail oriented, organized, responsible and able to handle stress. There are many other traits that a paralegal must possess to succeed in the legal profession. Identify five (5) other personality traits a paralegal should have, and demonstrate (with examples) how you possess these characteristics.

If you have any questions regarding the Elizabeth Root Memorial Scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@ocparalegal.org.

Past Scholarship Winners


 2015 Kayleen Lofgren

 Heather Thompson

 2016 Cristina Gutierrez

 Amera Hajali

 2017  Jack Levi Orman

 Connie Mao


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