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Jul 2005
July 25, 2005

Warner Norcross & Judd Awards Minority Scholarships

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP today announced that it has awarded academic scholarships to two minority students from Michigan who are pursuing legal careers.

Now in its fifth year, the Warner Norcross scholarship program is part of the Firm's commitment to fostering diversity in the legal profession. The scholarships offer monetary assistance to help cover the educational costs of law, paralegal or legal secretarial studies. This year's recipients are:

  • Terrence Thompson, Law School Scholarship
  • Robbie Vaughn-Gavin, Paralegal Scholarship

"We are very pleased to once again offer scholarships in support of minority students pursuing legal studies," said Alex J. DeYonker, managing partner for Warner Norcross. "Terrence and Robbie show incredible determination and passion in pursuit of their goals, and we appreciate this opportunity to be part of that process.

"Warner Norcross remains committed to ensuring that the legal profession will be diverse and welcoming to all through programs such as our Minority Scholarships."

The 2005 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.

Thompson, who received the Firm's $5,000 Law School Scholarship, will begin his first year of law studies this fall at the Wayne State University Law School. A resident of Ypsilanti, Thompson holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti where he was president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for two years, president and cofounder of Young Black Professionals, director of the Eastern Michigan Career Network and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honorary society.

He was recognized on the national dean's list and received a graduate assistantship during his time at EMU. Thompson was also involved as a volunteer in various community service associations. During 2003, he was a staff assistant for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Vaughn-Gavin received the Firm's $2,000 Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. She is currently completing her bachelor's degree at Madonna University in Livonia and plans to pursue a master's degree.

She holds two associate degrees from Oakland Community College, graduating summa cum laude from both programs. While at Oakland, she was on the dean's list each semester and served as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

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 an ethnic or racial minority.

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About Warner Norcross & Judd:

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services with more than 170 attorneys in four Michigan offices located in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon. For the third consecutive year, Warner Norcross was named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine. More than 40 percent of the Firm's partners are listed in the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a greater percentage than any other large law firm in Michigan. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For and as the best law firm in Grand Rapids by a Grand Rapids Magazine reader survey. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.


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