The Veterans Scholarship Fund was created to provide support and encouragement to Service Members and Veterans who embody the ideals of strength, selflessness, and an unyielding commitment to serving one's country, community, and friends. The purpose of The Veterans Scholarship Fund is to provide an annual tuition scholarship to one or more students in the Hamline University School of Law. The Fund is open to all law students in good academic standing who are Veterans, Service Members, or Veterans’ and Service Members’ Advocates.

In 2011, HLVA requested the Fund be dedicated to the memory of the late Sergeant Mark A. Maida - who gave his life in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on May 26, 2005.

Mark Allen Maida was born on November 15, 1982 in Madison, Wisconsin. He was raised by two selfless and loving parents who devoted their careers to public service: his mother as a nurse and his father as a police officer. He grew up learning that “[t]here is no greater love than to lay one’s life for one’s friends.” Unsurprisingly, Mark felt a duty to serve his country and his friends. Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, he enlisted in the United States Army. Mark began his career in the Army at Fort Irwin, California, at the age of 18.

In January 2005, SGT Maida deployed to Diyarah, Iraq, with the Echo Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. During his deployment, SGT Maida received the love and support of his friends and family. Among these supporters was his fiancée, Ms. Elizabeth Fenske (HLVA officer and member, 2009-2012). Ms. Fenske wrote of SGT Maida’s strength and spirit, “[d]espite being in the region of Iraq referred to as ‘The Triangle of Death’ during the height of the violence, Mark displayed amazing strength and self-sacrifice in the face of death and despair. In a letter he wrote to me just weeks before his death, Mark wrote ‘I don’t know why I am here yet, but I know there is a reason . . . even if it is to make one person smile, then so be it.’” SGT Maida was killed in action by a roadside bomb in Diyarah, Iraq, at 3:13 p.m. on May 26, 2005.

Through this Fund, the Donors’ Representative and HLVA seeks to provide support and encouragement to Veterans and Service Members who, like SGT Maida, embody the ideals of strength, selflessness, and an unyielding commitment to serving one’s country, community, and friends.

The HLVA Scholarship Committee will review each application and make a recommendation to the Dean, who will ultimately award the Fund to the most deserving candidate(s). Interested Applicants, review the Scholarship Announcement below (attached each Spring) for instructions.

The Veterans Scholarship Fund Endowment Agreement and governing HLVA Scholarship Committee By-Laws will be posted in PDF format below. 

Please see the online segment if you didn't catch the broadcast of the KTSP segment covering the Veterans Scholarship Fund announcement at the Veterans Day Appreciation Event Friday night. 
Also, please see the article from Hamline University's Newsroom about Veterans Day and the HLVA & HVAC Veterans Day Appreciation Event. For those who were unable to join Friday night, the event was a success with a  great turnout! President Hanson, Dean Sickbert, Dean Lewis, and many members of the Hamline community were in attendance. 
If you are interested in making a donation to the Veterans Scholarship Fund,
please complete the online giving form and specify "Hamline Law Veterans Scholarship Fund".
Thank you for your support!
Donation Amount          Tier Level

$20.00 to  $500.00               Bronze

$501.00 to $2,500.00           Silver

$2,501.00 to $5,000.00         Gold

$5,001.00+                         Platinum

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Applicant Info Form  20k v. 1 Nov 28, 2011, 4:11 PM Hamline Law Veterans Association
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Fund Endowment Agreement   300k v. 2 Nov 28, 2011, 4:11 PM Hamline Law Veterans Association