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Buckfire Diversity & Disability Scholarships

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is pleased to offer annual scholarships to assist students who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence at accredited schools in the United States.

The scholarships listed below are to be used exclusively for college and university tuition and related expenses:

We do not accept fax or e-mail applications. All required items should be mailed together in one package.

If selected as a scholarship winner, a check will be made payable to the recipient's institution to cover school-related expenses. He or she is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.

For more information about the scholarship programs, contact the scholarship committee at [email protected]. Please read on to learn more about our application requirements:


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship Program

The Disability Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the law firm's commitment to helping students with disabilities or injuries who are in need of financial assistance for education purposes.

The scholarship is available to students of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.

The scholarship will award $1,000 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee.

Disability Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States
  • Has a disability diagnosis from any person qualified to make a diagnosis
  • Completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.

Disability Scholarship Applications Requirements

In order to apply for the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2018 Disability Scholarship Program an applicant must submit the following items on or before April 1, 2018:

  • A completed scholarship application form. Click here to download the 2018 Disability Scholarship application.
  • A one-page typed essay describing how you overcame adversity caused by your disability and what you learned from that experience.
  • An official or unofficial transcript from an accredited college or university that includes your most recent semester
  • Diagnosis documentation of disability from a person qualified to make a diagnosis.

2017 Disability Scholarship Winner: Carley Dole, Northern Michigan University

Carley DoleDole, who has just completed her sophomore year at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, is studying psychology and public relations.

Ever since she was little, Dole was fascinated by the workings of the brain and wanted to be a neurosurgeon. In 2012, she was preparing a horse for a fair when the horse suddenly and unexpectedly bit the right side of her face, knocking her unconscious. Dole suffered a traumatic brain injury, a dislocated jaw, among other spinal injuries.

Past Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship Winners

2017: Carley Dole, Northern Michigan University
2016: Ellie Tjelmeland, University of Southern Indiana
2015: Hanna Hughes, University of Minnesota Duluth

How to Apply for the 2018 Disability Scholarship

Application materials should be mailed to:

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Attn: Disability Scholarship
29000 Inkster Road, Suite 150
Southfield, MI 48034


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship Program

The Law School Diversity Scholarship Program was created in 2013 as part of the law firm's commitment to helping law students who are in need of financial assistance achieve their academic and professional dreams.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must be a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrate commitment to issues of diversity within their community.

The scholarship will award $2,000 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee.

Law School Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school.

Law School Diversity Scholarship Applications Requirements

In order to apply for the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2018 Law School Diversity Scholarship Program an applicant must submit the following items on or before April 1, 2018:

  • A completed scholarship application form. Click here to download the 2018 Law School Diversity Scholarship application.
  • A one page typed essay describing how you have utilized your time promoting ethnic diversity within your community. Alternatively, you may write about how you will use your law degree to promote ethnic diversity in the future.
  • A certified, official copy of law school transcript.

2017 Law School Diversity Scholarship Winner: Rachel McDuffie, Wayne State University Law School

Rachel McDuffieMcDuffie was born and raised in Detroit and is attending Wayne State University Law School. She received a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan in 2002 and still works at U-M part time in the Human Resources department while being a full-time law student.

She saw from ABA 509 reports that Wayne State, located in the heart of Detroit, had five African-American students in her 2015 class, lowest of all law schools in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. So, a few weeks into her first year of law school she developed a marketing and outreach plan for increasing minority enrollment. McDuffie said Wayne State's administration credits her for increasing the number of African-American students to 13 in the class after hers.

Past Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship Winners

2017: Rachel McDuffie, Wayne State University Law School
2016: Effi Taylor, Villanova University School of Law
2015: Shoshana Brown, City University of New York Law School
2014: Jeffrey Garcia, University of Southern California Law School
2013: Tiffane King, University of California, Irvine School of Law

How to Apply for the 2018 Law School Diversity Scholarhsip

Application materials should be mailed to:

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Attn: Law School Diversity Scholarship
29000 Inkster Road, Suite 150
Southfield, MI 48034


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Medical Diversity Scholarship Program

The Medical School Diversity Scholarship, established in 2014, is part of the law firm's initiative to recognize medical school students who do outstanding work to promote ethnic diversity in their community.

The funds are to be used toward his or her continued education in medical school. The scholarship is available to all medical school students in the United States who work hard to promote ethnic diversity in their communities.

The scholarship will award $2,000 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee.

Medical Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their community.
  • Applicant is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited medical school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited medical school.

Medical Diversity Scholarship Applications Requirements

In order to apply for the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2018 Medical School Diversity Scholarship Program, an applicant must submit the following items on or before April 1, 2018:

  • A completed scholarship application form. Click here to download the 2018 Medical Diversity Scholarship application.
  • A one page typed essay describing how you have utilized your time promoting ethnic diversity within your community. Alternatively, you may write about how you will use your medical degree to promote ethnic diversity in the future.
  • A certified, official copy of medical school transcript.

2017 Medical Diversity Scholarship Winner: Haidang Nguyen, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Haidang NguyenNguyen, who just completed his second year of medical school at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, intends to pursue a career as a pediatrician.

Nguyen is the son of Vietnamese immigrants, and said his mother was in her first trimester of pregnancy when she immigrated. Nguyen grew up in a crime-riddled immigrant community, a background which he believes allows him to connect and empathize with his patients better.

Past Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Medical Diversity Scholarship Winners

2017: Haidang Nguyen, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
2016: Rachel Lewis, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
2015: Adriana Lopez, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
2014: Quynh Le, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

How to Apply for the 2018 Medical Diversity Scholarhsip

Application materials should be mailed to:

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Attn: Medical Diversity Scholarship
29000 Inkster Road, Suite 150
Southfield, MI 48034


For more information about our scholarship programs, contact the committee at [email protected].

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Lawrence J. Buckfire
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