The Philip R. Shawe Scholarship Competition

The Phillip R. Shawe has developed the Philip R. Shawe Scholarship Competition, a writing and oratorical contest focusing on a controversial corporate law. The contest is open to second and third-year law students to compete for scholarship funds by developing a cogently written argument (no more than a 15-page brief). The challenge is asking contestants to write an argument to be heard by the United States Supreme Court reversing a decision by the Delaware Supreme Court. Awards will be given to the top three students, first place will be awarded $65,000, second place $25,000, and third place $10,000.

Phillip R. Shawe is the co-CEO of Trans Perfect Translation Company, the largest privately held translation company in the world, with nearly 4000 employees and 100 offices globally.  Mr. Shawe has been involved in a lawsuit with his co-founder Elizabeth Elting, who is seeking to force a sale of the entire company as a remedy for her complaints.Phil Shawe and Elizabeth Elting both began TransPerfect together in 1992.


To eligible, the applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  • All second- and third-year law school students, focuses on the TransPerfect case, (In reTransPerfect Global, Inc.,” Civil Action No. 9700-CB and “Elizabeth Elting v. Philip R. Shawe, et al.” Civil Action No. 10449-CB) in which the Delaware Chancery Court,
  • An oral defense of the reversal of the Delaware Supreme Court’s affirmance of Chancellor Bouchard
  • The contestants will assume that the case is being heard before the United States Supreme Court.

How to Apply:

To apply for the scholarship, the applicant can submit online application through the given link:

Supporting Documents:


  • Essays should be written double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Margins should be 1-inch on all sides. Citations should be done in accordance with Bluebook rules.
  • All submissions shall become the property of the competition and Philip R. Shawe and may be published on the internet.
  • A cogently written argument (no more than a 15-page brief)

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Financial Aid and Award Money:

The Philip Shawe Scholarships will be awarded after the oral competition.$1, 00,000Scholarships will be given in the following amounts:

  • First place: $65,000
  • Second place: $25,000
  • Third place: $10,000

Application Deadline:

The application submission deadline is due on April 20, 2017, at 11:59 pm, and finalist will be announced on May 2017.

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Contact Information:

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