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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.  Warner Norcross has awarded more than $120,00 to support programs that encourage minority students to pursue a career in the law. The 2012 recipients are:

Jaime L. Cagle of Muskegon, Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship of $2000: Cagle is currently working toward an associates degree at Lansing Community College (LCC), and is a 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 and, after LCC, plans to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids.

Thomas O. Huynh of Shelby Township, Law School Scholarship of $5000: Huynh 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 for treatments. His experience influenced his interest in how healthcare and legal systems intersect, and he decided to pursue a law degree. Huynh plans to attend the University of Chicago Law School.

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.

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 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; 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 is available at http://www.wnj.com/Careers/Diversity/Minority-Scholarships-and-Applications.