John H. Berman Memorial Award

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to graduating seniors at the University of Rochester who are planning to attend law school.

Application Period

Contact the University of Rochester Career Center beginning in December to learn more about this scholarship opportunity

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $6,000; may be split between two or more recipients. Award paid in one lump sum in the Fall semester.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with law school

Eligibility Criteria

For an outstanding graduating University of Rochester senior who:

  • Plans to attend law school, and
  • Based on the recommendations of professors, best demonstrate the self-motivation, achievement, leadership, concern for others, reliability, and commitment to high moral principles that were evident in the life of John H. Berman.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated by the University of Rochester Career Center, where application instructions are available, if applicable.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the University of Rochester Career Center. A committee comprised of two attorneys from Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP and three representatives of the University of Rochester reviews nominations before the end of March and interviews finalists in early April. The Community Foundation is notified once the recipient is selected.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails a certificate to the University of Rochester Career Center for presentation to the recipient and emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. . The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript verifying full-time enrollment to the Community Foundation. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Donor Information

This scholarship was established in 1986 in memory of John H. Berman, an alumnus of the University of Rochester and an attorney with the law firm of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP. His legal career spanned 55 years.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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