Three current Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students are the proud recipients of the first ever Rattler for Justice Scholarships. The students will receive full-tuition scholarships ($15,000) for their last year of law school beginning in August of 2019. The students submitted essays about what being a Rattler for Justice means to them.
The following students received Rattler for Justice Scholarships:
Nearlashawndra Nash-Scott, Jacksonville, Florida
“To me, a Rattler for Justice is an individual who personifies integrity, an individual who understands the importance of resiliency, an individual who has conquered life’s obstacles and is using those lessons to help make the journey for those behind her easier. I am a Rattler for Justice.”
“I strive to better others academically and professionally to show the legal field that FAMU produces quality attorneys. Because women are minorities in the legal community, my main focus has been on the advancement of female law students and lawyers.”
Ryan Willis, Homer, Louisiana
“A Rattler for Justice is someone who inspires empowerment amongst a group of underserved and underprivileged people. My goal after law school is to be the voice of the people who are silenced, and to promote change throughout the world.”
The following persons were also honored for their achievements.
- John Due, civil rights attorney and 1966 FAMU Law graduate
- Bishop Holifield, former FAMU general counsel
- Frederick S. Humphries, eighth president of FAMU
- Bernard Kinsey, Ph.D. and Shirley Kinsey, alumni, philanthropists and community advocates
- Honorable Kelly Ingram (Judge of the Seventh Circuit)
- Amy Carter (Judge-elect of the Ninth Judicial Circuit)
- Gabrielle Sanders (Judge-elect of the Ninth Judicial Circuit)
The presentations were made at the Legacy Awards and Scholarship Gala on Friday, November 16, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
For more information, please visit law.famu.edu.