November 4, 2022
Chiesa Scholarship Announcement
l. to r.: Francis Giantomasi, CSG Law; Robert Steinbaum, Rutgers Law Assoc. Dean for Advancement; Rose Cuison-Villazor, Rutgers Law Co-Dean; Patricia Costello, A.J.S.C. (ret.), CSG Law (RLAW '78); Gabriella Ferreira (RLAW '24); Jeffrey Chiesa, CSG Law

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi (CSG Law) has established a $50,000 endowment for a scholarship at Rutgers Law School to commemorate the firm’s 50th anniversary. Gabriella Ferreira (RLAW ’24) has been named as the first endowed scholar.

The recipients of the endowment must be full-time students with outstanding academic records. Preference for the scholarships will be given to students who are first generation law students, have overcome socio-economic or educational hardship, and/or have demonstrated experience in or commitment to working with historically underserved communities.

“This endowed scholarship demonstrates CSG’s strong and ongoing commitment to Rutgers Law School and our students, including first generation lawyers,” said Rutgers Law School Co-Dean Rose Cuison-Villazor. “More than 50 % of our students are the first in their family to go to law school. This endowed scholarship provides an important pathway to success of these students, for which we are grateful.”

Patricia K. Costello, A.J.S.C. (ret.), Managing Member of CSG Law, said, “As a proud alum of Rutgers Law School, it is my great honor to announce this endowment. We have worked closely with the school for many years, and this formalizes our relationship.”

“Half of our attorneys were educated in New Jersey’s law schools,” said Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a Member of the Executive Committee of CSG Law. “Our hope is that these endowments will enable more students to pursue their passion for the law at these institutions.” 

“Giving back is deeply engrained in the firm’s culture,” stated Francis Giantomasi, a Member of the Executive Committee of CSG Law. “Endowing scholarships at the state’s two schools honors our firm’s 50-year legacy, while also investing in the future.”

Rutgers Law Media Contact:
Shanida Carter

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