Deadline approaching for A. Kay Stansfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation Inc. recently announced that the deadline for applications for its A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship is Friday, June 1. The Straker Foundation awards scholarships for African American students seeking financial assistance in the pursuit of a degree in law. There will be one or more scholarships awarded at the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Annual Trailblazers Award and Scholarship Dinner, on Thursday, June 7, at the Community House in Birmingham, Michigan. The first scholarships were presented at the 1999 Trailblazer’s Dinner, and, through the fundraising efforts of the Straker Bar Association, since that time more than $100,000 has been awarded to law students.

The A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship encourages law students to excel in their legal studies, with the ultimate goal of increasing African American representation within the practice of law. The program is also a fitting way to honor the memory of D. Augustus Straker, who in 1890 became the first African American attorney to argue a case before the Michigan Supreme Court and A. Kay Stanfield Spinks, for the founding the Straker Foundation and the establishment of the scholarship award.

To qualify for the Straker Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an ABA certified law school program and entering their second or third year of law school in the fall of 2017.

An application form should be completed and submitted to the email address of Aaron V. Burrell at not later than Friday, June 1.

Students may contact their respective Law School Deans of Student Services or go to the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s website at to download an application.

Successful applicants must demonstrate scholarly dedication, be involved in school and community activities and be able to clearly articulate a vision which indicates prospects for long-term success in the practice of law in the State of Michigan, especially as it re1ates to representing people of color within the legal system.


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