The Illinois Trial Team is announcing a first ever scholarship opportunity for University of Illinois students!

The 2018 Higgins & Brancheau, Aceves & Perez Scholarship presented by the Illinois Trial Team will be awarded for the fall semester of 2018. The winner of the scholarship will receive a $1,600 award.

Applicants for the scholarship must:

  • Be undergraduates at, or committed to, the University of the Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from any major. They must be attending the University in the fall of 2018.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or above; incoming freshman applicants’ high school GPAs must be 3.50 or above (assuming they do not have an undergraduate GPA already).
  • Submit an essay (two page maximum, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced) on one of the following topics: Why is it important to study the law? – or – Why should someone participate in an organization like the Illinois Trial Team while in college?
  • Send their applications to by May 15, 2018. The email must include a PDF copy of the applicant’s undergraduate academic history (or high school if an incoming freshman) and the essay. The subject of the email should be “2018 Scholarship Application”


Applications will be capped at 75 entries with a maximum of 1 application per person. Current and former members of the Illinois Trial Team may NOT apply. All applicants, however, are encouraged to try out for the Illinois Trial Team in the fall!

Many thanks to our scholarship sponsors:

Gold Sponsors ($500 contributed or more)
-Higgins & Brancheau, LLC (Chicago, IL)
-Law Offices of Aceves & Perez, P.C. (Chicago, IL)

Bronze Sponsors ($100 – $250 contributed)
-James Komperda, Komperda Law (Park Ridge, IL)
-Jeff Schulkin, Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Goldberg (Chicago, IL)
-Torricelli & Limentato Law (Champaign, IL)