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A foundation has awarded scholarships backed by a local law firm to six minority law students.
Warner Norcross & Judd funds the annual awards that go to two students for competitive academic scholarships and four students for scholarships that provide assistance to those preparing for the Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT.
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, or GRCF, administers and awards the academic scholarships, which Warner Norcross has funded for 17 years to help minorities defray the costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies.
This is the 10th year Warner Norcross and GRCF have offered the scholarship program that enables selected minority students at Michigan colleges to attend a study course designed to prepare them for the LSAT. Studies show those who take the prep course score higher on the exam, which determines law school entrance.
Since it began funding the scholarships, Warner Norcross has provided more than $170,000 to support programs that have encouraged about 80 minority students to pursue a law career.
Winners of the competitive scholarships
Marsheda Ewulomi of Lansing, Law School Scholarship
Tierra Love of Grand Rapids, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
Winners of the LSAT prep course scholarships
Zachary Francisco, Hope College
Tiarra Thompson, Hope College
Faten Balawi, Wayne State University
Nabintou Doumbia, Wayne State University