The NCPP Women and Minority Scholarship

The NCPP is committed to providing opportunities and scholarships for minority applicants pursuing careers in the patent industry and striving to earn their Certified Patent Practitioner (CPP). Scholarship dollars can be applied to the following areas for scholarship recipients:

  • Training and preparatory materials on the fundamental practices of patent drafting & prosecution – the goal is to ensure that the scholarship recipient will be practice-ready upon the completion of the program
  • Certified Patent Practitioner (CPP) Exam testing fee to acquire the CPP credential
  • Patent Agent Exam testing fee to acquire the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registration number

Benefits of Women and Minority Scholarship Sponsorship

When you partner with the NCPP to provide scholarships and resources to women and minority applicants, take advantage of the following benefits:

  • First priority for hiring opportunities (internship, contract, part-time, and/or full-time employment) of scholarship recipients after program completion.
  • Enhanced corporate image and increased brand visibility
  • Connect with a valuable and prominent professional network
  • Access to the top, certified talent via NCPP Student Database
  • Demonstrate your firm’s/company’s commitment to inclusion and diversity in the patent field

What are women and minority applicants saying?

Tarianna Stewart

Tarianna Stewart, Ph.D, Technical Advisor
Patent Institute of Training Alumni
Aspiring CPP

Additional financial resources for minorities and women to pursue patent careers is much needed in this field. We are already disadvantaged by a lack of knowledge regarding career opportunities as patent practitioners, but even with that knowledge, minorities need the financial means to pursue such a career path. These issues are directly related to the lack of diversity and opportunity for minorities to succeed within many law firms. Fortunately, through my training, I’ve been able to acquire an abundance of knowledge that has allowed me to mitigate at least some of these issues.

Featured NCPP Alumni

Ava Blake

Ava Blake

Ava focuses her developing practice on patent prosecution, primarily in the chemical area.


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Randy Montgomery

Randy is a member of the Electrical, Software, and Business Methods practice team in Ballard Spahr’s Patents Group.


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W. Sean McPhillip

Sean’s work involves patents in the field of computer-based technology.