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NAPALSA 2019 Student of the Year Award

Since 2009, NAPALSA has acknowledged the contributions of outstanding NAPALSA members at the joint NAPALSA/NAPABA Annual Conference with a monetary award.

The NAPALSA Student of the Year Award recognizes TWO outstanding members of NAPALSA that demonstrate a commitment to our mission, service to his or her local APALSA organization, and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession. NAPALSA is proud to announce that it will award a monetary award of $500.00 to each award recipient this year.


To be considered for the Student of the Year Award, you must be a current dues-paying Member of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. All student members of a dues-paying NAPALSA Affiliate organization (local APALSA) are eligible to apply. Students do not need to be present at the NAPALSA Annual Conference in order to be eligible for the Award.

If the student is not part of an APALSA Affiliate, students may individually pay dues by sending $35 to the Treasurer at:

Benjamin Huang
3140 Dryer St #5982
Dallas, TX 75275

Checks should be made out to: NAPALSA

Selection Criteria

The Student of the Year will be awarded according to the following criteria:
• Demonstrated commitment to the Mission and Goals of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association;
• Service projects or events benefiting your local APALSA or the greater community; and
• Potential for leadership in the Asian Pacific American legal profession.
** Please Note: One Student of the Year award will be granted based upon a need based criteria.

Application Requirements

To apply, please submit the following materials in the following order in one consolidated PDF file to secretary.napalsa@gmail.com by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 at 5pm with the subject line as "2019 NAPALSA STUDENT AWARD APPLICATION."

Please include the following:
• Cover Sheet that includes: Name, Law School, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, and Email Address;
• The most current version of your resume;
• Either 1) Evidence of membership in your local APALSA Affiliate OR 2) Evidence of your membership in NAPALSA
• Personal Statement that expresses how you best meet the criteria. Please use double-spaced, 12-point font. Please limit your statement to no more than 3 pages. Please include your statement in the .pdf and submit it as a separate MS Word document.
** An application for the need based award is the same as the regular award but the personal statement must also address why the applicant would qualify for the need based award.

Failure to comply with the rules and directions will subject your application to disqualification.

Decision Process

All applications must be transmitted ELECTRONICALLY to secretary.napalsa@gmail.com with the subject heading "2019 NAPALSA STUDENT AWARD APPLICATION" by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 at 5pm. All materials should be submitted in one consolidated PDF file. Incomplete applications or applications failing to follow these instructions will be ineligible for consideration.

Once all applications are received, the President will assign all Personal Statements a random alpha-numeric code to ensure impartiality in decision-making by the NAPALSA Board of Directors.

Award Recipients will be notified by telephone and email. Award recipients will be acknowledged at the final NAPALSA social and will receive recognition on the NAPALSA website.


Please feel free to contact the President, Amanda Pham Haines, or the Secretary, Queena Leung, with any questions or concerns at president.napalsa@gmail.com or secretary.napalsa@gmail.com. Thank you and best of luck!

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