The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits
Dale W. Phillips Scholarship
Each academic year, the Center awards a substantial scholarship from the Dale W. Phillips Scholarship Fund. The student recipient(s) is chosen based on potential or actual high academic achievement as a graduate tax law, employee benefits, or estate planning degree candidate, and for continued contributions in enhancing the reputation of the law school and of the Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits. The award is granted in the fall and spring semesters.
Mr. Phillips is an alum of the LLM in Tax Law program.
Students interested in the scholarship should submit their cover letter, resume, a writing sample, transcript, and an essay as to why they are deserving of this scholarship to Dean Kennedy by August 1, for the fall semester, or December 1, for the spring semester. There is no formal application form.
IRS Externship Scholarship
This scholarship is available for students who either extern in the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel or the IRS's Employee Plans' Office of Rulings and Agreement within the Tax Exempt/Government Entities Division. The latter externship is located in Washington, DC.
This scholarship may be used to offset tuition or to serve as a $5,000 stipend to defer travel, lodging, and living expenses.
Degree candidates interested in the externship and associated scholarship should submit their cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and an essay highlighting their contributions to the law school or Center to Prof. Kennedy six weeks before to the semester of the externship. There is no formal application.
Each summer, a graduate employee benefits student, or a graduate tax law student pursuing a concentration in employee benefits, is selected by the Center to extern in the Office of Benefits Tax Counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Tax Policy. That student will receive $5,000 in scholarship awards from the William F. Sweetnam, Jr. Scholarship Fund to cover some of the travel, lodging and living expenses as the student travels to Washington DC for the summer. Public recognition is made at a major Center event being hosted that spring, usually the annual John Marshall Employee Benefits Symposium.
Mr. Sweetnam was the Benefits Tax Counsel and created this externship, and decided to personally fund the travel expenses after he left that position. Mr. Sweetnam has served on the Employee Benefits Advisory Board.
Students interested in the externship and associated scholarship should submit their cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and an essay highlighting their contributions to the law school or Center to Prof. Kennedy by February 1. There is no formal application.