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Jul 2012
July 05, 2012

Warner Norcross Awards 2012 Minority Scholarships

For the 12th consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to minority students from Michigan who are completing their legal studies.

The Warner Norcross scholarship program provides monetary assistance to students to help cover the educational costs associated with a law degree or paralegal studies. The 2012 recipients are:
  • Jaime L. Cagle of Muskegon, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship
  • Thomas O. Huynh of Shelby Township, Law School Scholarship
Since it began its scholarship programs, Warner Norcross has awarded more than $120,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law.

The 2012 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. The funds for the scholarships come from the Warner Norcross Corporate Advised Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Huynh, who received the law firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. During his time at MSU, he was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to take time off from school while he underwent a series of treatments. His experience influenced his interest in how the health-care and legal systems intersect, and he made the decision to pursue a law degree. Huynh plans to attend the University of Chicago Law School.

Cagle received the law firm’s $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She is currently working toward a degree at Lansing Community College. Cagle is a nationally registered paramedic, who has held positions with the North Ottawa Community Health System.

With a strong commitment to helping people, she became interested in the paralegal profession. She plans to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids after earning her associate's degree.

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.
In addition to its longstanding tuition scholarship program, Warner Norcross also annually awards scholarships to minority students in their junior or senior year of college to pay the costs of a study course for the Law School Admission Test.  Information about these scholarship programs is available  on the firm's web site at

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