Mock Trial Scholarship at North Central College

The Mock Trial Scholarship at North Central College was established as an intercollegiate activity that promotes critical thinking, cooperative problem-solving, public speaking and mutual trust amongst team members while affording students the opportunity to actively participate in the trial process.

  • Mock Trial is not a pre-law activity
  • Open to all majors and interests
  • Participation is required for this scholarship
  • Students can earn course credit for participating
  • Applicants must have applied and been accepted to North Central College before being considered for the award.
  • Students may be asked to come to campus for a brief in-person interview before awards are made.

A limited number of Mock Trial Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students who indicate a commitment to the North Central College Mock Trial Team. (Please Note: Current North Central College students – students who are already attending North Central College – are not eligible to apply.)

Mock Trial scholarships are renewable provided that the student continues to be actively involved in the Mock Trial Program. Students currently receiving the Mock Trial Scholarship DO NOT need to re-apply for renewal. The Office of Financial Aid will contact the Political Science Department to confirm all renewals.

After the Deadline:
Because the Mock Trial Program at North Central extends beyond the time frame of this scholarship application, if you are interested in the Mock Trial Program and meet the criteria listed above, please contact Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo ( in the Political Science Department to see if all the scholarships have been awarded for the 2021-22 academic year.

Mock Trial Scholarship at North Central College
Incoming first- and second-year students are eligible for scholarships in the amount of $1,500.00 per year. The scholarship award will be $2,000.00 for students who continue to participate in their junior and senior years (including transfer students).
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please identify other college activities in which you expect to participate, such as athletics, forensics/debate, Model UN, etc.
  2. Please provide an essay (300-500 word) explaining why you wish to participate in mock trial at the college level. You may include a discussion of what you hope to gain from mock trial at North Central College, or if you have competed, what mock trial has done for you to this point in your education.
  3. A letter of recommendation is required from a teacher or counselor on your behalf. If you have competed in mock trial, please have the letter come from your high school mock trial coach or the team's attorney-coach. Please supply the name and email address of the person you wish to be contacted for the letter of recommendation.
  4. By answering "Yes" to this question, I (the applicant) affirm I understand, if selected as a recipient of this scholarship, that participation in the North Central MOCK TRIAL Team is a requirement of the scholarship award.
  5. If you have competed in mock trial and have a digital file (MP3, AVI file, etc.) or a hyperlink to an online address of your performance, please submit it with your application. Please note: If you do not have a digital file or hyperlink of your performance, please submit a video recording of your performance directly to Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo (Political Science Department, North Central College, 30 N. Brainard Street, Naperville, IL 60540 ... OR ... Please make sure your full name and the name of the scholarship, Mock Trial Scholarship, are clearly printed on your submission and that you identify which member of the team you are (by clothing, role, etc.). The recording will be returned to you no later than the beginning of the next academic year.
  6. Show 1 more