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Sep 2007
September 11, 2007

Warner Norcross Awards Minority Scholarships

For the seventh consecutive year, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to two minority students from Michigan who are completing their legal studies.

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 2007 recipients are:

  • Mary A. Bowen of Flushing, Law School Scholarship
  • Sarah B. Robinson of Grand Rapids, Paralegal Scholarship

"Our Firm remains committed to encouraging diversity by supporting scholarships and education programs that ensure our profession is open to all young men and women," said Douglas E. Wagner, managing partner of Warner Norcross. "We are pleased to provide scholarship assistance to Mary and Sarah, who come highly recommended for their involvement in the community and their passion for their legal studies."

The 2007 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.

Bowen, who received the Firm’s $5,000 Law School Scholarship, will be a third-year law student at the Michigan State University College of Law. Active within the university and the community, Bowen is the associate editor of the Journal of Medicine and Law and the chapter president of the Wolverine Student Bar Association/Black Law Student Association. She was the 2007 recipient of the Lansing Black Lawyers Association John Davis Scholarship and the co-organizer of Diversity Law Day.

An active volunteer, she donates her time to the Lansing City Rescue Mission and is a past volunteer for the Genesee County Humane Society, the Salem Housing Corp., the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and the YWCA of Greater Flint.

Bowen holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. During her undergraduate studies, received several leadership awards, community service awards and scholarships.

Robinson received the Firm's $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She is currently beginning her studies toward a degree at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. She volunteers her time at Grand Rapids First and St. John's Home.

The funds for the scholarships come from WN&J's 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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About Warner Norcross & Judd

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of the leading law firms in Michigan. With nearly 200 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Lansing, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is a full-service provider of legal services. Nearly half of our partners are listed in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Warner Norcross was also named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine for the third year in a row. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of the nation’s leading employment law firms by Workforce Management and as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in both West Michigan and Metro Detroit. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.

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