Warner Norcross Announces 11th Annual Minority Scholarship Recipients

For the 11th year in a row, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to minority students from Michigan who are completing their legal studies.

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 2011 recipients are:

  • Amber A. Hay of Ann Arbor, Law School Scholarship
  • Darryl L. Todd of Muskegon, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship

Since it began its scholarship programs, Warner Norcross has awarded more than $100,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law.

The 2011 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.  The funds for the scholarships come from the Warner Norcross Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Hay, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, will be a third-year law student at the University of Michigan School of Law.  She serves on the executive board and is the Butch Carpenter chairperson of the Black Law Students Alliance.  She is also the Michigan delegate to the National Black Law Students Association and a volunteer for Future Advocates in Training.

Hay has tutored throughout her time in law school, in addition to interning in the law office of an Ann Arbor civil rights attorney and clerking for a Detroit law firm.  A native of Detroit, Hay holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Michigan, where she ran track.

Todd received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship.  He is currently working toward a degree at Davenport University in Grand Rapids.  Todd volunteers his time with Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children and Safe in my Brothers’ Arms, a mentoring program for at-risk teenage boys.  He has also coached boys’ basketball and served on the board for Pathfinders, an organization focused on at-risk inner-city youth.  Prior to returning to school earlier this year, Todd worked for Pitney Bowes, Inc.

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; and
  • 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.