NCPP Minority Scholarships

Diversity in Patent Professionals Scholarship

Scholarship Description

The National Council on Patent Practicum (NCPP) Diversity in Patent Professionals Scholarship (scholarship) will be awarded to a non-attorney non-law student engineer/scientist that has demonstrated technical acumen, a desire to explore non-engineering/science career alternatives, professionalism, and the ability to learn quickly. The goal of this scholarship is to identify, educate, mentor, and certify engineers/scientists to fulfill Technical Specialist and Patent Agent roles. Candidates do not have to intend to go law school or become an attorney.



  • The scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens who:
    • Must be a minority or woman candidate
    • Must be available for travel to Atlanta, GA on March 20, 2019, for the awards ceremony
    • Technical Background
      • Possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution in Engineering (EE, Comp. E, Comp. Sci, ME, or Chem. E. preferred); or
      • Life Sciences Ph.D. (Chemistry or Bio-Chemistry preferred)
      • 75 or higher GPA
    • If you are a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, you must be a member of or join the Intellectual Property Special Interest Group (

An application is also needed to be considered for the scholarship. This application consists of:

  • 1-page essay (500-word max) describing your interests and aspirations in patent law
  • Resume
  • 2 Professional references or 1 Professional reference and 1 academic reference
  • Academic Transcript

Download our Scholarship Application

ncpp pdfDiversity in Patent Professionals Scholarship Application



This application form and all other required documentation must be received by February 22, 2021 (5:00 p.m. EST). Email application and/or send questions to: