The Appalachian College Association is pleased to announce the Barbara Paul Robinson Scholarship, named in honor of a New York City attorney who provided services to the association. A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded annually to an ACA college student who shows great interest and potential to be an attorney and dedicated to making a positive change in Appalachia.

The successful applicant must agree to write a thank you note to Ms. Robinson (with copy sent to the ACA) and agree to send the ACA a yearly update of their progress while attending law school (1 page or less, due in December). Updates are used to prepare reports and grant proposals, ensuring that the Robinson Scholarship is available in future years. All reports and updates can be emailed to


  • Must be a student of an ACA member institution
  • Full-time senior in Spring semester
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)

A complete application includes:

  • A 500-word essay describing the applicant’s personal and academic background and professional goals as a conscientious attorney, including any steps towards applying for law school or legal internships, if any
  • Current Transcript (issued from registrar, unofficial copy is acceptable);
  • Documentation of acceptance or application to law school (A letter of acceptance from the school, an application receipt, etc.)
  • A letter of endorsement from a faculty member on your campus
  • A letter of endorsement from the Chief Academic Officer


Accepting applications January 30, 2017 – March 24, 2017