Congratulations to our 2020 Educational Journey Scholarship recipient, Gabby Sergi! Find out more about our previous winner here.
Despite the increased emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the legal field over the past few years, the legal profession remains one of the least diverse of any profession. The American Bar Association reported in 2018 that 85% of lawyers in the United States were Caucasian/white, and only 36% identified as female. Furthermore, there are large geographic disparities in the number of LGBTQ+ lawyers, and the number of African American lawyers has barely seen an increase since 2009. Our attorneys at Nicol Gersch Petterson recognize this disparity and that’s why we have created the Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Students Scholarship.
In an effort to combat this issue and promote minority participation in law, the attorneys at Nicol Gersch Petterson will award $1,000 to the winner of this scholarship. The recent heightened racial tensions and world-wide protests have inspired us to get involved and support those who have been oppressed for decades. We are all responsible to address issues of bias and discrimination in our communities and in our country!
If you identify as a minority and are pursuing or are interested in pursuing a career in law, you are eligible for our scholarship! We want to hear about some of the adversities you have faced due to your minority status. Please also explain what inspired you to pursue a degree in law and/or how you plan to encourage other minorities to obtain a law degree.
The recipient of the Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Students Scholarship will be chosen during the month following the scholarship deadline.
To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must email their full application (including the essay, resumé, and transcript) to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2021. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.
Scholarship applications should be sent with the subject line “Nicol Gersch Petterson – Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Students Scholarship Application.”