Paralegal Association
An affiliation of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)


The Jamie Bowie Memorial Scholarship is an annual $250 scholarship which is awarded to a student enrolled in an ABA-approved paralegal program.

In 1989, the scholarship was created and named in memory of OPA member Dianna Peters' daughter, Jamie Bowie. The scholarship account is funded with contributions made by Jamie's friends and family, OPA special projects, and in part by membership dues.

Criteria in awarding the scholarship is based on character, grades, and need. Applications are made available during the fall semester and the scholarship is awarded in November of each year.

Along with the $250 cash award, made payable jointly to the recipient and the institution being attended, the recipient receives a one year membership in OPA.


Responsibilities of the Student Director: Act as liaison between OPA and the student membership, serve on the Board of Directors, and represent the student membership as a whole.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be currently enrolled in a legal assistant program and have successfully completed at least six (6) credit hours in the legal assistant program. Recipient must be present at the presentation of the scholarship on the date to be announced. The director of the legal assistant program must provide verification that the applicant is a student currently enrolled in the institution.

For further information concerning the scholarship award please contact:

Tara Cope
Email: tara.cope@yahoo.com

Click to download a Scholarship Application. To receive one by mail, please send your address here.

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