Richard E. Arnason Court Scholarship Program

If you are Contra Costa County resident with a criminal or juvenile court conviction in any jurisdiction, you may be eligible for the Richard E. Arnason Court Scholarship. To be eligible 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 scholarship provides monetary awards up to $2,500 to fund educational expenses. Most scholarship funds are provided in the form of reimbursement.  Funds are not provided in lump sum before expenses are incurred. Receipts for approved expenses are required before funds are dispersed.  In some cases payment of expenses may be made directly by the scholarship fund. All funds dispersed by the scholarship fund must be for approved expenses, based on individual financial needs established through the scholarship process.  

Some examples of approved expenses:

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

Childcare is not an approved expense, but other expenses specific to your needs may be considered by the committee.

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

Be prepared to provide the names and contact information for references as well as documentation to support your request, including school transcripts.  Though not required, you may provide a personal statement and reference letters with the application.

Important note: You may only mail your applications starting April 1 of the current year (not before). Any application received after April 30 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 is accepted or declined. Those accepted will be invited to an interview with the scholarship committee in late May or early June. Final decisions are made by July.

If you are chosen for a scholarship the committee will mail you an award letter and an agreement stating your award amount with further instructions on how to request your reimbursements. The agreement must be signed and returned before you may receive any reimbursements.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact:

Anne Wolf
(925) 370-2540
Email:

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