Grace Leef and her husband, Eric came to Miami from New York. Eric was a prominent attorney in Miami for many years and together they enjoyed the pleasures that the Miami Beach lifestyle has to offer.
While Grace and Eric never had children of their own, they adopted the Miami community and established a trust to benefit future generations. Predeceased by Eric, Grace passed away in 2006. She gave the majority of her estate to charitable causes. The I. Eric and Grace Leef Endowed Scholarship was established at the School of Law to memorialize the name of I. Eric and Grace Leef.
The Leef Scholarship is awarded every third year to a worthy entering student at the discretion of the Dean. The Leef Scholarship is available for a full-time student only. The Leef award provides full law tuition (fall and spring) for all credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the juris doctor degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, Scholars are granted a full-tuition scholarship for one Miami Law summer session following their first or second year of law school. Specific requirements to maintain the award are detailed in the student’s initial scholarship notification.
Additionally, students who maintain their required renewal GPA upon completion of their JD degree, are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship if they are admitted into and enroll in one our LL.M. programs directly upon graduation (or in the case of the School's joint degree JD/LL.M. offerings, before graduation). The School offers LL.M. programs in International Law, Tax Law, Real Property Development, Estate Planning and Ocean & Coastal Law.
No separate application is required for the Leef Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of admissions credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need.
Finalists participate in a scholarship weekend held the last weekend in February. By mid-February, finalists are notified and invited to participate in the scholarship weekend at the School's expense.
To ensure the award of the Scholarship, the recipient must accept the scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The letter of admittance and enclosure outline the enrollment verification process.