Foundation awards minority legal scholarships


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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. 

Warner Norcross established the tuition scholarship fund at GRCF in 1998. The first scholarship was awarded in 2001.

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

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