Scholarships

The ILTACON Scholarship Judging has concluded.

ILTA has awarded 11 scholarships in 6 unique categories to deserving recipients who earned an opportunity to learn, connect, and network with legal technologists from all around the world at ILTACON 2024.

1

Cheryl Disch Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship

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2

Sharon Swartworth Rising Star Scholarship

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3

First Timer Scholarship

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4

Law School Scholarship

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5

International Scholarship

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6

ILTA Volunteer Scholarship

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Cheryl Disch Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship

In January 2020, the legal technology community unexpectedly lost a wonderful colleague and dear friend, Cheryl Disch. Cheryl, an outstanding marketing professional at Duane Morris left an enduring legacy through her passion for educating and helping others, within the ILTA community and beyond. A mentor, leader, and friend, she elevated ILTA's brand in the marketing community and constantly advocated for the value of ILTA events, including her favorite, ILTACON, which she co-chaired with distinction in 2016 & 2017.

As one of ILTA’s core values, we are committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) in its membership and at ILTACON. This scholarship is intended to expand the perspectives shared at ILTACON and foster professional development among minority members of the association. This includes, but is not limited to, members who are from the underrepresented groups within ILTA based on: Age, Differently Abled status, Gender, LGBTQ+ status, and Race/Ethnicity (e.g., Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, or Latin American, Indigenous, Middle Eastern or North African).

Sharon Swartworth Rising Star Scholarship

Leaders empower others, listen, think strategically, innovate, make thoughtful decisions, show empathy, adapt, delegate, communicate, remain committed, stand with their team, inspire, and exude positivity. To honor long-time ILTA peer, Sharon Swartworth Chief Warrant Officer 5 exemplified these traits in all her work for the U.S. Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) and when volunteering for ILTA. She was a soldier, a legal administrator, and a committed ILTA volunteer leader — the embodiment of a leader in all aspects of her life.

This Rising Star Scholarship encourages the development of young professionals in legal technology, individuals who are in the early stages of their careers and demonstrate exceptional performance and leadership are eligible for the Rising Star Scholarship for ILTACON.

First Timer Scholarship

The First Timer Scholarship for ILTACON is designed to provide support to individuals who have never had the opportunity to attend ILTACON before.

We recognize the value that attending ILTACON can bring to individuals who have heard about the event and have long desired to participate. That is why we are offering four (4) opportunities to win this year. This scholarship is available for US and International members.

This scholarship aims to empower such individuals by offering them the chance to experience ILTACON firsthand, enabling them to gain insights, establish connections, and enhance their skills.

Law School Scholarship

The ILTA Law School Scholarship is dedicated to supporting individuals currently enrolled in law school or serving as faculty at a law school who demonstrate a keen interest in legal technology. This scholarship aims to invest in future legal professionals who are committed to advancing the intersection of law and technology and who will actively contribute to ILTA's local events and conferences.

The primary purpose of the ILTA Law School Scholarship is to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration within law schools by providing support to students and faculty members who are passionate about exploring the role of technology in the legal profession. Through this scholarship, ILTA aims to empower law schools to become hubs of knowledge and expertise in legal technology.

International Scholarship

The International Scholarship is for an individual residing outside of the US, to enable them to learn, network, and connect with legal technologists around the world.

The primary purpose of the International Scholarship is to enable deserving individuals to immerse themselves in the global legal technology community, gain valuable insights into industry trends, and establish meaningful connections with professionals from diverse backgrounds.

ILTA Volunteer Scholarship

At ILTA, we deeply value the dedication and contributions of our volunteers who generously donate their time and talent to support our organization throughout the year. In recognition of their commitment and service, we are proud to offer the ILTA Volunteer Scholarship.

The primary purpose of the ILTA Volunteer Scholarship is to honor and acknowledge the invaluable efforts of our volunteers. This scholarship serves as a token of our gratitude for the countless hours spent assisting with various initiatives, programs, and events that contribute to the success and growth of ILTA.

FAQ

Applications will open 26 March 2024 and will close by 6 May 2024.

Those who won an award last year (2023) are not eligible to apply for the same award category in 2024.

Yes, if the criteria for that Scholarship fit your profile.

There is no age requirement. You must have never attended an ILTACON before to be considered.

Each scholarship Includes:

  • Full conference badge to attend ILTACON 2024 to learn, network, and connect with legal technologists from around the world.
  • Up to a five-night stay in ILTA's hotel room block at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN.
  • ILTA will cover reasonable airfare if you book through ILTA and reasonable ground transportation.
  • You must work with ILTA staff to book travel arrangements.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be employed by an ILTA member entity that is in good standing. Additional eligibility requirements may apply for each scholarship.

The Judging Process

A judging panel reviews each application and communicates its decision by the deadline set each year. If selected, ILTA staff will be in touch with you to coordinate your registration and travel for ILTACON 2024!

If selected, you agree to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Social Media Engagement: You may be asked to actively participate in discussions on various social media platforms related to the conference. This could involve sharing insights, photos, or updates about your experience preparing for ILTACON 2024.
  • Blog Post Contribution: You may be requested to write a blog post sharing your perspectives, key takeaways, or experiences gained during ILTACON 2024. This post may be featured on our website or shared through our communication channels.
  • Interview Availability: You should be available for interviews with ILTA Staff, either written or verbal, to discuss your involvement in the conference, the impact it has had on your academic or professional journey, and any insights you've gained from attending ILTACON 2024.

We are excited to announce the 2024 ILTACON Scholarship recipients, and hear from them:
Why they are excited to attend ILTACON?

CHERYL DISCH DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP

“I am excited to attend ILTACON 2024 in the USA to explore cutting-edge innovation, network with global experts, and gain insights into the future of legal technology.”

— Jyoti Patel, Business Analyst, Slaughter and May

SHARON SWARTWORTH RISING STAR SCHOLARSHIP

“I am really looking forward to attending ILTACON to connect with industry leaders, learn about the latest innovations in legal technology, and bring back fresh ideas to our firm. Building relationships with peers and gaining wisdom from experts will offer an incredible opportunity for growth.”

— Lauren Eckard, Learning Solutions Coordinator, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP