Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and major corporate and law firm gifts, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Board of Directors will award $30,000 to ten Outstanding Women Law Students in 2013. Through a highly competitive application process each fall, generating over 100 applications at Michigan’s law schools, awardees will be selected in January of 2013. The Foundation is assisted by committees at each law school, which devote considerable time and effort to publicizing the awards and screening applications. Each award category has unique application criteria, with leadership and commitment to women’s and social issues among them.
The scholarship amount has been increased for 2013, reflecting the Foundation Board’s commitment to meaningful support for each awardee. Since 1997, the WLAM Foundation has awarded $439,500 to 195 outstanding women law students.
Four of the ten awards are named for the Foundation itself, and are funded through donations from individuals, law firms and corporations. These “Foundation Scholars” each receive $3,000 (Wayne State University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Thomas M. Cooley Law School). The Kimberly M. Cahill Scholar Award, named for the Foundation’s beloved former Treasurer, will be made in the amount of $3,000 to a student attending the University of Michigan Law School.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Dickinson Wright Women’s Network will fund a $3,000 award reserved for a student who has demonstrated leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, in business and in the community. This year, the award will go to a student attending the University of Michigan Law School. The Women’s Network generously increased its annual gift for 2013.
Four General Motors Scholars will receive $3,000 each at Wayne State University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. General Motors Corporation has shown steady support of the scholarship program for women.
Students apply each year by October 15th, and awardees are chosen by the Foundation Board in January. The 2013 Outstanding Women Law Students will be announced and celebrated at the Foundation’s spring Awards Reception. More information about the application process, awards and annual reception appears on the Foundation’s web site, www.wlamfoundation.org.