OCPA Elizabeth Root Memorial Scholarship.  

Two (2) scholarships, valued at $500.00 each, will be awarded to two (2) paralegals or paralegal students for reimbursement of paralegal education, seminars, meetings, OCPA membership or fees for certifications (example: the NALA certified paralegal ("CP") exam or preparation classes), or the advanced certification ("ACP") exam. 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 Friday, November 5, 2021.  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. The virtual awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2021.


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

Submit your Applicant Information Sheet and Essay to the OCPA Scholarship Committee via email at scholarship@ocparalegal.org by Friday, November 5, 2021

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


What difference do you want to make as a paralegal, or explain what difference you have made as a paralegal thus far?

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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