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Amy and Frank Garrison Social Justice Law Fund

" We can always do better, we can always work harder to eliminate injustice and inequality. It's one of the most important things we can do."  Frank Garrison 


Frank Garrison '79 (BA'76) and Amy Price Garrison (BA'79)Amy Price Garrison (BA'79) and Frank M. Garrison Jr., '79 (BA'76) generously established the Amy and Frank Garrison Social Justice Law Fund to support Vanderbilt Law students providing services to or for the general benefit of individuals who may have been disenfranchised, dispossessed, discriminated against, or economically disadvantaged. The Fund also supports students interested in serving the broader public interest in positions such as interns in judicial chambers, U.S. Attorney's Offices, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations.

In addition to providing direct financial support to students committed to or exploring social justice and  public interest careers, the Garrison Fund enhances the Law School’s efforts to provide robust social justice and public interest experiences to students by solidifying the Law School's commitment to its Social Justice Program and public interest instruction, research and service. 

Garrison Social Justice Scholars

Each year, the Law School will select at least one Garrison Social Justice Scholar from among current first-year J.D. students who apply for the scholarship. The Garrison Scholars shall: 

  • receive a supplemental annual scholarship of at least $7,5001 for each of the second and third years of law school
  • agree to pursue an academic curriculum in preparation for a social justice or public interest career
  • receive a summer fellowship stipend of at least $5,0002 during rising second-year and rising third-year summers
  • choose a public interest summer experience for both summers prior to graduation, with at least one summer focused on social justice3


During the spring semester of 2021, the Law School will select one member of the Class of 2023 from among those who apply. The Class of 2023 Garrison Social Justice Scholar award includes: 1) an annual scholarship of $17,605 ($8,802.50 per semester) that supplements scholarships already received up to full tuition, and 2) two summer fellowship stipends of $5,000, making the total award worth up to $45,210 over two academic years (4 semesters).

Current first-year J.D. students who wish to apply for the Garrison Social Justice Scholar award must complete and submit the application form and other printed materials via email to by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021.  


Garrison Social Justice Scholar Application Materials  



2013 Amy and Frank Garrison Public Interest FellowsAmy and Frank M. Garrison Public Interest Fellowships

Each year, no fewer than three4 students receive full5 fellowships to support a summer experience working in the public interest in unpaid positions at either a non-profit or governmental agency. Garrison Public Interest Fellows are selected by the Law School from among J.D. students applying for Vanderbilt Law Summer Stipends.   


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1 The precise amount of the scholarship is determined each year. The Class of 2023 Garrison Social Justice Scholar award includes a: 1) an annual scholarship of $17,605 ($8,802.50 per semester) that supplements scholarships already received up to full tuition. Students currently receiving full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for Garrison Social Justice awards. Law School scholarship recipients pursuing dual degree programs receive Law School scholarship funds during the semesters in which they are enrolled in the Law School.

2 The precise amount of the stipend is determined each year. The Class of 2023 Garrison Social Justice Scholar will receive a $5,000 stipend for each of the two summers prior to graduation.

3 A "social justice summer experience" focuses on advancing and protecting the rights of individuals (or organizations aiding individuals), particularly those that may have been discriminated against or are otherwise unable or hindered in protecting their own rights to safety, equality and freedom, including but not limited to the poor (including the working poor and indigent criminal defendants), the elderly, the disabled, mentally ill and others deprived of their civil or human rights. A "public interest summer experience" could focus on serving the broader public interest in positions such as interns in judicial chambers, U.S. Attorney's Offices, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations.

4 In addition to the Garrison Social Justice Scholars

5 For summer 2021, a full fellowship equals $5,000.00. At the discretion of the Law School, half summer fellowships may be awarded so long as the minimum dollar amount of three full fellowships is met.