A. Kay Stansfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship Program

The deadline for applications for the A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student  Scholarship is Friday, May 26, 2017.  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 Trailblazer Award  and Scholarship Dinner, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Westin Southfield.  Our first scholarships were presented at the 1999 Trailblazer's Dinner, and through the fundraising efforts of the Straker Bar Association, since that time we have awarded well over $100,000 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 for us 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 a certified law school program and entering their second or third year of law school in the fall of 2016.  An application form should be completed and submitted to the email address of Aaron V. Burrell at  ABurrell@dickinsonwright.com no later than Friday, May 26, 2017

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 relates to representing people of color within the legal system.

 

Only students entering their  second  or  third   year  in  the  fall  of  2017  are  eligible  to apply.  

Applications should be accompanied by:   
  1. Current  resume (including  school  and  community activities),  and 
  2. A  typewritten  description  of  your  career  aspirations  and  why  you  should  receive  a scholarship,  in 300 words or less.  
Applications will be judged based on quality and content.  No additional writing samples will be considered.

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 relates to representing people of color within the legal system.

Finalists may be contacted for a personal interview and/or requested to provide copies of their law school transcripts.  Scholarship winners will be notified Friday, June 2, 2017 and scholarships will be awarded June 8, 2017 at the Southfield Westin during the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Annual Trailblazer Award and Scholarship Dinner.
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