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Colorado Lawyer Team is proud to support students forge their paths to progress. In 2019, our firm created the Educational Journey Scholarship as a means to assist students who have experienced notable hardships during their academic careers. In 2020, our firm shifted the scholarship’s focus to become the Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Student Scholarship. 

With this change, our firm hopes to improve diversity in the legal field and help students who need assistance to pursue their dreams. We are honored to help make a difference and look forward to announcing the scholarship winners each year.

For more information about the scholarship and its criteria, please visit our scholarship page.

2022 Winner: Mena Sawyer

Mena Sawyer is a 1L at Howard University School of Law who hopes to pursue a career in Litigation. Mena graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University, earning her B.A. in both Political Science and Policy Studies with a minor in African American Studies.

Reaction Statement: I feel so honored to have been selected as the winner of the 2022 Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Student Scholarship. The award has alleviated some of the financial burden that comes with obtaining a law degree. I am so grateful to have been given this support and I look forward to making the Colorado Lawyer Team proud of my achievements as I continue my journey through law school.

2021 Winner: Iveth Villatoro

Iveth is an incoming law student at CUNY School of Law. As an immigrant who did not receive financial aid, Iveth worked two jobs seven days a week for many years to pay off her undergraduate student loan debt. After getting furloughed during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iveth decided to work towards her dream of attending law school.

Reaction statement: One of my biggest fears associated with attending law school is debt. Therefore, I have been applying for months to different scholarships but unfortunately, I never heard back from anyone. When I received the call that I was selected as the winner for the Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Student Scholarship I walked into the bathroom and cried. I’ve never won a scholarship before. As I’m typing these words, I can’t believe I was chosen. Thank you so much! This is the best feeling in the world! 

2020 Winner: Gabby Sergi

Gabby Sergi is a 1L at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is from the Bay Area and plans on practicing criminal defense. Gabby also holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, Law and Society, with minors in Child & Youth Studies and Legal Studies.

Post-graduation, she educated hundreds of at-risk and system-involved juvenile justice youth about their rights, the consequences of crime, and life skills with Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). Also, she served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and worked at the Prison Law Office, a public-interest law firm, where she monitored conditions of confinement in California prisons and jails.

Reaction Statement: I am incredibly honored and excited to receive the Educational Journey Scholarship. I plan to use this scholarship for tuition.

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