Richard E. Arnason Court Scholarship Program

If you are an adult or juvenile currently residing in Contra Costa County who has been through the criminal justice system resulting in a conviction, you may be eligible for our Richard E. Arnason Court Scholarship program.

This program provides monetary awards up to $2,500.00 for continued schooling to help you gain the education you need to get ahead.

CCCBA is committed to providing valuable programs like this for our community and we encourage you to apply.

You must be out of custody as of March 31st of the current year and not in a residential treatment program or on electronic home detention.

This award is based on your education expenses and is not an upfront lump sum of cash. You must submit proof of your expenses and you will be reimbursed based on your pre-approved financial needs.

Some examples of approved expenses:

  • Tuition
  • Transportation expenses
  • Child care
  • Books, school supplies, computer
  • Required tools

If you have other expenses and have been granted an award, these may be considered by the committee, too.

How To Apply

Download this application:
Application to the Court Scholarship Program

Fill it out completely and mail it to:

Contra Costa County Bar Association
Richard E. Arnason Court Scholarship Committee
2300 Clayton Road, Suite 520
Concord, CA 94520

Important note: You may only mail your applications starting April 1 of the current year (not before). Any application received after April 30 in our offices cannot be accepted. Please take this into consideration if you mail your application late in April.

What Happens Next

The Richard E. Arnason Court Scholarship Committee reviews all applications in early May. You will be notified by mail if your application was accepted or declined, and what steps to take.

Interviews are held in June, and final decisions are made by July.

If you are chosen, the committee will mail you an award letter and an agreement. Both the letter and the agreement state your award amount and how to collect your money; the agreement must be signed and returned before you can receive any reimbursements.

Plus, if you are selected for consideration, please be prepared to provide references and documentation to support your request, including school transcripts.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact:

Anne Wolf
(925) 370-2540

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