A former World War II Army Infantryman, Judge A.D. Azios was the first Hispanic District Judge elected in Harris County.  Judge Azios was born in Laredo, Texas on February 5, 1921.  Judge Azios hitchhiked from Laredo to Austin to study pre-law at the University of Texas.  In 1943, Judge Azios’ reserve unit was called to fight in World War II.  One year into his tour, Judge Azios was captured and held as a prisoner of war by German forces.  In 1945, he was liberated and he returned to the United States.  Settling in Houston, Azios married his wife, Lauren, and he began attending South Texas College of Law.

           Judge Azios was first appointed to the Houston Municipal Court, and then became a Justice of the Peace.  Eventually, Judge Azios was elected to a criminal district bench.  As a District Judge, Judge Azios continued to be a trailblazer.  He presided over several high-profile cases and was the first judge in Harris County to allow the use of DNA evidence at trial.  Judge Azios passed away in March 2013.

           In Judge Azios’ memory, the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston will award one $1,000 scholarship to a deserving 1L law student at each of the three Houston area law schools (total of three scholarships, one student from each law school). The scholarship is designed to assist students in fulfilling professional aspirations and will be awarded to students based on financial need, demonstrated leadership, commitment to the advancement of Hispanics in the legal profession, extracurricular activities, and potential for successful study of the law.

Eligibility & Instructions:

            In order to be eligible to receive the scholarship, applicants must be: (1) a first year law student, (2) a paid member of the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) at your law school and (3) a current member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston.

To apply, you must submit all of the following:

  1. Your completed application (form below);
  2. An essay (not to exceed 500 words) discussing your past and future commitment to serving the Hispanic community;
  3. A current law school transcript;
  4. A brief description of your financial need (not to exceed 500 words);
  5. Supplemental Information: (i)  a copy of your resume; or  (ii) your typed answers to the following questions:
    1. What extracurricular activities have you been involved in?
    2. What honors and awards have you received?
    3. What kind of work experience do you have?
  6. Verification that you are a current member of HisBA.  If you are not a current member, you may submit a HisBA Membership Application via the following link: https://hisbahouston.com/form.php?form_id=8&c=1
    (Note: Membership is free for law school students.)

          If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to be considered for the scholarship, please submit your completed application before the deadline of Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.  If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected] with the subject line “HISBA 1L Scholarship Application.”  

            Scholarship recipients will be notified by e-mail.  

Submission Deadline
The deadline for the scholarship will be posted in February 2021.

Please email [email protected]

*The Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In the selection of scholarship recipients, HisBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.