2013-14 Coastal Law Foundation Scholarships

The Martha Sonnenschein Scholarship

The Martha Sonnenschein Scholarship was created to reward outstanding leadership in law school in addition to classroom performance. Leadership may be demonstrated through activities and contributions to student organizations, pro bono achievement, academic teams (moot court and mock trial achievement), and publication.

Mr. Irving Sonnenschein, an attorney living in Manhattan, put seed money toward the school when it was first established and has stayed in touch with its leadership over the years. In memory of his wife, Martha, Sonnenschein , he made a $250,000 endowed scholarship gift to the school that will generate scholarships for students for years to come. In appreciation of his gift the appellate courtroom has been renamed in his honor and in memory of his wife, Martha.

“My wife was interested in Florida Coastal because she thought it was interesting to see how this law school had grown from a thought in the minds of unrelated people to this building with people and professors and students — the school came to mean a lot to her,” Sonnenschein said. “When she died, I thought it would be something she would appreciate — to name the moot courtroom after her and me, that’s why I did it.”

Sonnenschein has been practicing law, primarily real estate law, for more than 70 years. He received his degree from Columbia Law School in New York City. Sonnenschein is a member of the New York State Bar and was a longtime partner in Sonnenschein Sherman & Deutsch LLP. His wife, Martha, passed away in 2010.

This is an annual $5000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester ) and we encourage all eligible students to apply. The deadline for the application is April 18, 2014.

The Coastal Law Foundation Scholarship       

Established through the generosity of donors to the Annual Fund, this is an annual $2000 scholarship awarded on the basis of merit and need. 

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Chapter Endowed Scholarship Fund

Awarded to outstanding students engaged in the study of Family Law, this is a $1,000 annual scholarship. 

Dan Bradley Scholarship

Funded by the Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation, this is a $2,500 annual scholarship awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. 

J. Richter Humanitarian Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to student working on a Humanitarian cause. 

Luke Parnell Cotney Book Fund

Established through the generous gift of  Mr. Hugh Cotney in memory of his brother, Luke Parnell Cotney.