VIA Fund Law Student Scholarships

The VIA Fund Law Student Scholarships are awarded to benefit underserved law students in the United States and its territories. The Scholarships are open to eligible underserved law students, regardless of immigration status, for educational purposes, including tuition, books and fees, or living expenses.

Call for applications are sent out in July and the winners are announced in September each year.  For more information, please click HERE.

Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Scholarships

The Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition historically brings together up to 32 teams from law schools across the country to compete in an advanced and complex appellate argument. Students are presented with a case currently pending before the United States Supreme Court and are required to draft appellate briefs and prepare for oral argument to be presented before a panel of actual sitting or retired Judges. The National Champion, top brief writers, and top oral advocates are celebrated and awarded scholarship funds by the HNBA VIA Fund.

Intellectual Property Law Institute™ (IPLI™) Scholarships

HNBA/VIA’s IPLI is a trailblazing intellectual property and tech law immersion program. Each year the IPLI selects up to 30 students from law schools across the country to participate in this intellectual property immersion and tech law program. Admittance to the program is highly selective and competitive. Once selected, candidates spend a week in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., and participate in substantive educational programming, hands-on practical experiences, writing and interviewing workshops and mentoring and networking opportunities. Upon completion, IPLI Scholars then become eligible to apply for a Patent Bar Scholarship or Bar Prep Course Scholarship.

Fernando J. Rivero Public Sector Service Fund

Public Sector Attorneys

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) and the HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund have established the Fernando J. Rivero Public Sector Service Fund (the “Fund”) in recognition of Fernando J. Rivero, who we lost on August 9, 2021. Fernando was most recently the Chief Compliance Officer of the HNBA and was the President Hispanic Bar Association of DC in 2014. The Fund was established to honor Fernando’s leadership, dedication, and service to the HNBA and the Hispanic community at large. He was an outstanding public servant and respected member of our HNBA Familia. He left behind a life of service and had a long, broad, and deep legacy of selflessness, dedication, and making a difference in people’s lives. For more information, please click HERE.

HNBA/VIA Law Students Scholarships— Empowering Underserved Law Students Nationwide

​We are committed to the educational, professional, and economic advancement of underserved law students as we work to remove barriers to their educational and professional success. Currently, Hispanics make up 25% of K-12 students, 16.5% of college students, and 12.7% of law students in the United States. One hundred percent (100%) of scholarship funds are awarded to law students across the country to help them defray the cost of law school, bar preparation courses, and/or living expenses. Scholarship recipients demonstrate financial need; are in good standing at their law school; demonstrate a good academic track record; and are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal community. By partnering with us in this important scholarship program, your company/firm can support these educational and career advancement opportunities for underserved students and positively impact our future workforce. Your contribution qualifies as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.


For more information regarding meaningful ways to support our student scholarship programs, please review page 9 of our partnership brochure here.