Law firm awards diversity scholarships

From left to right, Mercedes Jefferson, Milaka Spann and Yessenia Aguillon were awarded diversity scholarships from Warner Norcross + Judd. Courtesy Warner

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP awarded three scholarships to college students through its Diversity Law Scholarship Program and Law School Admissions Test Preparation Course Scholarship Program.

Mercedes Jefferson, of Grand Valley State University, and Milaka Spann, of University of Detroit Mercy, received Diversity Law Scholarships, which are competitive academic scholarships for students of color that are given by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Jefferson was awarded the $2,000 paralegal scholarship, and Spann received a $5,000 law school scholarship.

GVSU student Yessenia Aguillon received an LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship. The scholarship program provides up to $1,500 to assist students of color with the cost of tuition for an LSAT Preparation Course.

The winners of the scholarships were chosen after reviewing essays that summarized the goals and challenges that drew them to the field of law.

Warner established the two scholarship funds with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1998, and the first scholarship was awarded in 2001. Warner manages the LSAT Scholarship, which began in 2007.

The firm has provided more than $210,000 to support programs that encourage students of color to pursue a law career. To date, the scholarships have assisted 114 students.

For more information on these scholarships, visit Warner’s website.

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