The IPLAC Educational Foundation was organized by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) for the purpose of funding and awarding scholarships to senior students who attend Chicago Public Schools high schools and will major in a science, engineering, or pre-law program in college.  Three or more one-time college scholarships are being considered by the IPLAC Educational Foundation. The scholarships for 2020 may be as much as $5,000 each and will be awarded directly to the selected students at the IPLAC Annual Dinner in May. 

March 15 is the application deadline for this year’s scholarships.

The scholarship application is available via CPS Academic Works, cps.academicworks.com, and applications should be submitted via the Academic Works online submission system. 

Scholarship Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicants must be current Chicago public high school seniors. Students attending CPS charter schools are eligible (students attending schools outside the City of Chicago Public School System are not eligible).
  • Applicants must plan to major in science, engineering, or pre-law in college.
  • The application must include high school transcript and ACT and/or SAT scores.
  • Students selected as scholarship recipients must attend the IPLAC dinner in May, 2020, in order to receive the award.
Please contact current IPLAC Educational Foundation leader Alisa Simmons at [email protected] with questions about the Foundation and the scholarship application. 



The IPLAC Educational Foundation has awarded its 2019 Scholarships. Please see the wonderful credentials of our deserving recipients here 

The IPLAC Educational Foundation is organized for the purpose of funding and awarding scholarships to youths who attend Chicago public high schools and will major in a science, engineering or pre-law program in college.

IPLAC Educational Foundation thanks IPLAC and the law firms, individuals, and companies that support and contribute to the Foundation. Your contributions make a wonderful difference and are greatly appreciated. Since its founding in 1991 by IPLAC leaders and members wanting to encourage and support CPS students in the study of science, engineering, and law, the Foundation has provided 78 scholarships totaling more than $360,000 to deserving CPS students.


Foundation Life Fellows. Law firms and companies achieve Life Fellow status through making $5,000 or more in total cumulative donations to the Foundation. Individuals achieve Life Fellow status through making $500 or more in total cumulative donations to the Foundation.

The Foundation acknowledges with gratefulness and specially recognizes the following firms and individuals for their significant financial assistance and contributions to the Foundation:

Firm Life Fellows:

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Cook Alex Ltd.
Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.

Individual Life Fellows:

Robert M. Barrett
Trevor K. Copeland
William H. Frankel
Jomarie Fredericks
Janet M. Garetto
Judith L. Grubner
Dolores K. Hanna
Sana Hakim
Brent A. Hawkins
John J. Held
Jerold A. Jacover
Linda A. Kuczma
Howard Levin
John K. Lucas
William T. McGrath
Florence E. Miller
Laura Beth Miller
Joseph Paquin
Janet A. Pioli
Mary J. Schnurr
Alisa C. Simmons
Robert D. Summers, Jr.
Debbie K. Wright

We encourage and invite more firms and individuals to join these ranks and become Life Fellows and help enable the Foundation to continue its efforts and award even more annual scholarships to deserving CPS students. Please contact Alisa Simmons at [email protected] and Paul Juettner at [email protected] for more information.





IPLAC Educational Foundation Officers and Management Committee Members:
Alisa C. Simmons, President
Matthew Jorge, Vice President
Tanya Miari, Vice President
Paul Juettner, Treasurer
Julie Langdon, Secretary
Janet Marvel, Management Committee Member
Debbie Wright, Management Committee Member
Laura Beth Miller, President Emeritus

For more information, please contact: [email protected]