Six Rutgers Law School students were awarded scholarships from the Garden State Bar Association.
The students were: Tyiarah Adewakun '19, Dwayne Amos '19, Melanie Morales '18, Kori Newallo '19, Davon Roberts '19, and Shahidah Williams 18. Adewakun, Morales and Roberts attend law school in Newark while Amos, Newallo and Williams attend law school in Camden.
The scholarships were awarded at the association's annual gala in June.
Students were chosen based on their financial need, involvement in law school and community activities, which benefit the African-American community, their resume, transcript, and one-page biography. In addition, each student winner was interviewd by GSBA members.
“I am so pleased that the Garden State Bar Association was able to award so many scholarships to students at my alma mater, Rutgers Law School," said Lloyd Freeman '07, GSBA President. "The GSBA had an amazing year and we were able to award $20,000 in total scholarships. We deeply believe in creating opportunities for the next generation of lawyers and our scholarship program continues to grow each year. I hope that we can continue to mentor these students and in turn, they will pay it forward when they become practicing attorneys.”
According to its website, "The GSBA was created to support African-American and other attorneys of color to gain and maintain permanence in the legal profession in the State of New Jersey. In an effort to give back to the community, twenty-five years ago, the GSBA created a Scholarship Fund to help African-American law students attending schools in New Jersey. Traditionally, one student from each of New Jersey’s law schools was chosen to receive a scholarship. However, the GSBA has expanded the scholarship program to permit New Jersey residents attending law schools outside of New Jersey to apply."
Tyiarah Adewakun '19.
Dwayne Amos '19.
Melanie Morales '18.
Kori Newallo '19.
Davon Roberts '19.
Shahidah Williams '18.
In addition, four alumni were honored by the association. Vaughn McKoy '93, received the Raymond A. Brown Award; Sobande Afolabi '04 was given the Roger M. Yancey Award; Steve Garry Hockaday '04 was honored with the Van Y. Clinton Award; and Fabiana Pierre-Louis Reeves '06 was recognized with the Young Lawyer Award.