Archive for July 2014

Warner Norcross Awards 2014 Minority Scholarships

For the 14th consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan complete their legal studies.

A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2014 recipients are:

• Ka’nea K. Brooks of Ypsilanti, Law School Scholarship
• Veronica A. Foster of Southfield, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
Since it began awarding scholarships, Warner Norcross has awarded more than $155,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law. To date, the firm has award scholarships to more than 70 students.

The 2014 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. Warner Norcross established the scholarship fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1998; the first scholarship was awarded in 2001.

Brooks, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Even as a first-generation college graduate, Brooks knew she would become an attorney, noting “As far back as I can remember, I was confident that I would become a lawyer.”

Brooks plans to attend Emory Law School, where she has received a merit scholarship to finance her legal education. She based her decision to attend Emory on a number of factors.

“The students and faculty are welcoming and engaging,” she explained. “The law school has several centers and clinics that will allow me to explore my interest in human rights, educational policy and juveniles.”

Foster received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She plans to complete her degree at Oakland Community College and hopes to use her education to supplement her experiences as a legal secretary and law librarian. Her career goals include work in civil litigation and appeals.

“I hope to become an invaluable asset to my future employer,” Foster said. “The paralegal certificate from OCC will provide the foundational skills necessary for longevity and stability in the profession. The existence of the Warner Norcross & Judd Paralegal Assistant scholarship is encouraging because it … promotes minority participation in the profession. It is truly a catalyst to opportunity.”

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

• Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
• Be a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States or a non-Michigan resident attending a Michigan law school (for the Law School Scholarship)
• Be a Michigan resident enrolled in an accredited college or university in Michigan (for the Paralegal Scholarship)
• Demonstrate financial need
• Submit a statement of goals and aspirations related to their legal studies
• Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority

In addition to its longstanding tuition scholarship program, Warner Norcross also annually awards scholarships to minority students in their junior or senior year of college to pay the costs of a study course for the Law School Admission Test. Information about these scholarship programs is available on the firm’s website at http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.

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