The Arcuri Wharton Pre-Law Fund

2022 award winners

2022 award winners

223 award winners

223 award winners

2019 award winners

2019 award winners

About the Fund 

The Arcuri Wharton Pre-Law Fund supports students preparing for law school by providing a stipend for an LSAT preparation course. This funding opportunity is open to all Stockton University undergraduates who are currently juniors (earned 64-95 credits) or seniors (earned 96+ credits). Preference will be given to juniors and seniors who major or minor in a program within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOBL). Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Stockton. 

Application cycle is now closed

Opened: January 22, 2024

Closed: March 1, 2024

Donating

Donors may give towards immediate use for annual awards or towards the endowment for long-term investment in the program. 

We are currently still shy of meeting our goal in the Immediate Use Fund.  Please help us by donating to the Immediate Use Fund!

 

About Alan F. Arcuri and Linda J. Wharton

The Fund is named in memory of Alan F. Arcuri and in honor of Linda J. Wharton. Alan F. Arcuri, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, passed away on November 20, 2017 and was instrumental in establishing Stockton’s Pre-Law program. As Stockton’s pre-law advisor, he mentored scores of students in their path to law school and a career in law. Professor Arcuri worked tirelessly with students to enhance their chances of obtaining admission to law school.

Linda J. Wharton, Professor Emerita of Political Science, co-advised pre-law students with Alan Arcuri since 2001. She succeeded Professor Arcuri as Stockton’s pre-law advisor in 2015 and continued his legacy of providing Stockton students with tireless support, dedicated mentorship, and attentive guidance in the law school application process. Through her courses—including Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Gender and the Law, Public Education and the Law, Advanced Constitutional Litigation, and Law School Basics—Professor Wharton also has provided numerous pre-law Stockton undergraduates with their first experience of a rigorous law school environment. Professor Wharton is a longtime advocate and scholar of using state and federal constitutional law provisions to protect access to reproductive autonomy. Notably, she served as lead co-counsel in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which was decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1992. Learn more about Professor Wharton and her work.

Professors William Daly and Alan F. Arcuri

Professors William Daly and Alan F. Arcuri

Linda Wharton with Bryan Stevenson

Linda Wharton and Bryan Stevenson, Constitution Day keynote speaker.

Application Requirements

The Arcuri Wharton Pre-Law Fund supports students preparing for law school by providing a stipend for an LSAT preparation course. This funding opportunity is open to all Stockton University undergraduates who are currently juniors (earned 64-95 credits) or seniors (earned 96+ credits).

Preference will be given to juniors and seniors who major or minor in a program within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOBL). Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Stockton.

 

Helpful Tips that Matter When Applying

Be very specific in your answers.

The Arcuri Wharton Selection Committee carefully evaluates your responses to the application prompts and rewards detail; so, please provide as much of it as possible in response to each question.

  • If you served in a student club or organization, list its name, the role you played, and dates of service.
  • If you are committed to attending law school, demonstrate your commitment by carefully describing completed coursework, internships, and/or jobs. That is, list full course names and indicate whether they were completed at Stockton; list job titles and institutions/firms where they were held; include dates of completion for courses, internships and/or jobs; etc.
  • Please be especially sure to clearly indicate if you have completed Law School Basics (POLS 2215).
  • In your application, please clarify why you need financial support for LSAT preparation. Be specific about how the award will impact you financially. 

 

Make sure your application is well-written.

The care you put into crafting a polished, professional application communicates the degree to which you value an award. So, please make a substantial effort to ensure your application uses appropriate tone and word choice; demonstrates a strong command of vocabulary, sentence structure, and mechanics; and expresses ideas clearly. It is a good idea to carefully proofread your application and to consider working with a tutor in Stockton’s Writing Center to improve it.

 

Dates & Deadlines

The 2024 application opens January 22, 2024 and closes March 1, 2024, at 11:59 PM. An application submission link will appear at the top of this page once the application opens.

 

Past Awardees

2023
• Madison Giusti
• Julia Graf

 

2022
• Shahyan Abraham
• Briana Davis
• Tiffany Giang
• Jackeline Negron
• Dorothea Toku
• Lynn Tran
• Marcos Rubert
• Benjamin Yandell
• Porsha Bryant

2021
• Sarah Kusnirak
• Maria Solano-Linares
• Nadira Anderson
• Yatora Edwards
• Rosemia Chiara
• Armando Linares

 

2020
• Danielle Combs
• Vanessa Calixto
• Danielle Baron
• Mariam Eskandar
• Garrett Bolton
• Ashley Finny-Wortman

2019
• Nabila Sudha
• Yomaris Acosta

 

Selection Committee

Currently, the Arcuri Wharton Selection Committee is comprised of faculty from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as representatives from Stockton’s Alumni Relations and University Advancement teams. The full Selection Committee is as follows:

Lauren Balasco Associate Professor of Political Science Co-chair
Mariam Majd Assistant Professor of Economics Co-chair
Sara Faurot  Director of Alumni Relations Member
Marissa Levy Dean of School of Social & Behavioral Sciences Member
Kimberley Schanz  Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Member
Linda Wharton Professor Emerita of Political Science Member

 

Questions

If you have questions, please email Lauren Balasco (Associate Professor of Political Science ) at Lauren.Balasco@stockton.edu or Mariam Majd (Assistant Professor of Economics) at Mariam.Majd@stockton.edu