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Sep 2010
September 29, 2010

Warner Awards Academic Scholarships to Minority Students

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to two minority students from Michigan who are completing their legal studies.

Now in its 10th year, the Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to assist students in covering the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2010 recipients are:

  • Virgilio A. Sklar of Ann Arbor, Law School Scholarship
  • Ronald V. Hight of Rockford, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship

The 2010 winners were chosen by a selection committee based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges that have drawn them into the field of law.

Sklar, who received the law firm's $5,000 Law School Scholarship for the second year in a row, will be a third-year law student at the University of Michigan School of Law. He is a member of the Latino Law Students Association and a contributing researcher for the Green Building Pro Bono Project. He served as marshal for the University of Michigan Campbell Moot Court Competition and was a quarterfinalist in the American Constitution Society's Moot Court in Constitutional Law, where he was also awarded Best Brief for Petitioner.

Sklar has served as a program assistant in the Hispanic Aids Awareness Program in Miami, a research intern for the Drug Policy Alliance in Oakland, Calif., a legal intern with a law firm in Miami and diversity law clerk for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.

A native of Miami, Sklar holds an undergraduate degree in public policy and international affairs from Princeton University.

Hight received the law firm's $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. He is currently working toward a degree at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, where he is on the dean’s list. Prior to returning to school, Hight worked at Steelcase Inc. and Borisch Manufacturing Corp.

The funds for the scholarships come from the Warner Norcross Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Be a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States, or a non-Michigan resident attending a Michigan law school (for the Law School Scholarship);
  • Be a Michigan resident enrolled in an accredited college or university in Michigan (for the Paralegal Scholarship);
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Submit a statement of goals and aspirations related to their legal studies; and
  • Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority.

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Warner Norcross & Judd is a corporate law firm with 220 attorneys practicing in six offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing, Muskegon, Southfield and Sterling Heights. The firm has more than 75 practice groups that work in virtually all areas of business and civil law. By providing sound legal advice and alternative billing options, Warner Norcross & Judd forges a better partnership with its clients.

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