• Warner Norcross Announces 10 Recipients in Expanded Minority Scholarship Program

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP today announced that it has awarded $19,000 in scholarships to 10 minority students from around the state of Michigan.

The 2008 scholarship awards represent an expansion of a long-standing program designed to encourage diversity in the legal profession in Michigan. 

Now in its 8th year, the Warner Norcross Minority Scholarship helps students to cover the educational costs of pursuing a degree in law or paralegal studies.  This year there are two recipients in this program. 

  • Maurice Taylor, of Detroit,  is the recipient of a $5,000 law school scholarship. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Dearborn and will begin his studies at the Harvard Law School this fall. 
  • Patricia Mata, of Sparta, is this year’s recipient of a $2,000 paralegal studies scholarship. Ms. Mata is enrolled at Davenport University. 

The funds for the Warner Norcross Minority Scholarships come from the firm’s Corporate Advised Fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

This year, Warner Norcross has expanded its scholarship program by awarding eight $1,500 scholarships to enable minority college students to attend a study course to prepare them to take the Law School Admission Test.  Studies show that students who take a prep course in advance of the LSAT post improved results on the test, which determines entrance into law school. 

This year’s recipients of the Warner Norcross LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship include:

  • Tina Alonzo, of Detroit, Michigan (Michigan State University)
  • Jeanine Anderson, of Chicago, Illinois (Grand Valley State University)
  • Sierra Hill, of Toledo, Ohio (Eastern Michigan University)
  • Markanetta Jones, of Wyoming, Michigan (Grand Valley State University)
  • Luis Lozano, of Holland, Michigan (University of Michigan)
  • Meagan Threats, of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Michigan State University)
  • Jovan Turner, of Chicago, Illinois (Albion College)
  • Jennifer White, of Novi, Michigan (Michigan State University)

“We are very pleased to once again offer scholarships in support of minority students pursuing legal studies,” said Douglas E. Wagner, managing partner for Warner Norcross.  “We are especially pleased to expand our program to enable college students who are considering a career in law to prepare to do their best on the Law School Admission Test. 

“Through these scholarships, as well as other outreach programs, we are working to ensure that the legal profession is open and welcoming to all.”

Details about the Warner Norcross & Judd scholarship programs are available online at http://wnj.com/careers/diversity/minority_scholarship/