Duly Noted . . .

 Warner Norcross awards 2014 minority scholarships

For the 14th consecutive year, Warner Norcross and Judd LLP has awarded academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan complete their legal studies.

A competitive scholarship administered and awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, 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 2014 recipients are:
Ka’nea K. Brooks of Ypsilanti, Law School Scholarship. Brooks earned her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.  Even as a first-generation college graduate, Brooks knew she would become an attorney, noting “As far back as I can remember, I was confident that I would become a lawyer.” She plans to attend Emory Law School, where she has received a merit scholarship.

Veronica A. Foster of Southfield, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship. Foster  plans to complete her degree at Oakland Community College and hopes to use her education to supplement her experiences as a legal secretary and law librarian. Her career goals include work in civil litigation and appeals. Foster said, “The existence of the Warner Norcross & Judd Paralegal Assistant scholarship is encouraging because it … promotes minority participation in the profession. It is truly a catalyst to opportunity.”

Since it began giving scholarships, Warner has awarded more than $155,000 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law, to over 70 students.

The 2014 winners were chosen by a selection committee at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on essays that outlined personal goals and challenges.  Warner Norcross established the scholarship fund at GRCF in 1998; the first scholarship was awarded in 2001.

Applicants must:

—Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

—Be a Michigan resident accepted to/attending an accredited law school in the U.S. 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

—Be a member of an ethnic or racial minority

Information about these scholarship programs is available on the firm's website at http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.