The Puerto Rican Bar Association, Inc. (“PRBA”) was established in 1957, 60 years ago with the purpose of offering both personal and professional support to Puerto Rican and Latino attorneys in an effort to address the concerns of a rapidly growing Latino community in New York City.
In 1978, the PRBA founded the Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. as a separate corporate entity registered under New York State Not-For-Profit Corporation Law by the then PRBA President, the late Donald Grajales, a distinguished New York State Court of Claims Judge.
The Scholarship Fund was created for the purpose of raising funds to award financial scholarships to deserving law students. Through the generosity of our corporate sponsors and the contributions of our members at the Annual PRBA Scholarship Fund Gala Banquet, the Scholarship Fund has been able to award over $200,000 dollars in scholarships to various law students throughout the years.
Our scholarship recipients are employed in diverse legal settings: state and federal courts, city and state agencies, law firms, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, law schools, solo practitioners and also as elected officials.