The Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded the Warner Norcross + Judd LLC academic scholarships to two minority students to assist them in furthering their legal studies.
A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Warner scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2018 recipients are:
- Sumer Ghazala of Troy, Law School Scholarship
- Aneka Montgomery of Detroit, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
The 2018 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law. Now in its 18th year, the first Warner academic scholarship established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation was awarded in 2001.
Ghazaka, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Ghazaka plans to attend Yale Law School. Upon becoming an attorney, she intends to give back to marginalized communities, representing those who are “voiceless in the face of law” through practicing immigration and civil rights law.
“With more practice and understanding, I hope to directly face the laws that need reform or advocacy in order to make them more representative,” Ghazaka said. “Redefining our laws and policies will cultivate our country into an environment that values those who are most defenseless, empowering them to prosper rather than just survive.”
Montgomery received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She currently works as an office manager at the University of Detroit Mercy and received duel bachelor’s degrees from Davenport University in business administration and human resources.
After completing her studies, she hopes to obtain a position as an attendance officer, allowing her to give back to her community and transition into a position with the city, county or state.
“I have always wanted a unique position to help individuals, groups and organizations with their legal problems and further the public good as well as for the greater good of society,” Montgomery said.
Since it began offering scholarships, Warner has provided more than $185,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law. For more information on these scholarships, visit wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications
By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross + Judd builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner is a corporate law firm with 220 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Macomb County, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Holland and Lansing. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on LinkedIn.
About the Grand Rapids Community Foundation
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation leads Kent County in making positive, sustainable change. With its endowment, Grand Rapids Community Foundation support local nonprofits, leads significant social change and helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information, please visit www.grfoundation.org
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