Active Scholarships

John O’Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

SVPA is thrilled to once again sponsor the John O’Sullivan Memorial Scholarship. This year SVPA will be awarding three scholarships which will consist of one $750.00, one $500.00 and one $250.00 award. The scholarships will be awarded to persons pursuing paralegal training. In addition, a one-year student membership to SVPA will be awarded to each scholarship recipient running from November 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.  

John O’Sullivan was an attorney with the Office of the California State Attorney General, who was very supportive of paralegals and the paralegal profession. He was also an active advocate for the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association. In addition to his duties with the AG’s office, John supervised the Paralegal Training program at MTI College of Business and Technology as well as was an Adjunct Professor at American River College. His enthusiasm for our profession was contagious, and following his death, the SVPA Board chose to honor John’s memory by naming our scholarship after him.

The John O’Sullivan Memorial Scholarship is open to persons who are attending, or plan to attend, a paralegal training program or a college-level program with an emphasis in legal studies. Scholarship information and deadline will be available soon.

To be considered for the John O’Sullivan Memorial Scholarship, your completed application with applicable attachments must be received by October 24, 2016.  Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration. Send the required documents in PDF format by e-mail to  The scholarship recipients will be notified by October 31, 2016 and will also be awarded and publicly recognized at SVPA’s Annual “Pay It Forward” Student Event on November 12, 2016.

The above referenced 2016 scholarships have been awarded and SVPA will post information for the 2017 scholarship opportunities as more information becomes available.

PACE/PCCE Exam Scholarship

Here at SVPA, we recognize the importance and value of seeking voluntary paralegal certification.  Are you interested in the taking the PACE or PCCE?  We are offering scholarships to our members to assist with the cost of taking the examination.  Please note this is NOT an educational scholarship available to students; the scholarship covers the cost of taking the PACE or PCCE test.  Only SVPA members are eligible. Click here to download the application.

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