FAMU law student ‘beyond grateful’ after winning $10,000 scholarship – WFTV

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Law has awarded the Joel Stern Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pipeline Fellowship to sophomore Rachel Smith.

“It’s been a tough year for me,” Smith said. “This award is special because it will allow me to focus on my studies and provide me with the opportunity to continue to be part of a plan to foster diversity in the legal field. I am more than grateful.

Smith, a Plant City native, considered pursuing a career in law, focusing on social justice and health care inequities after his family members suffered major health issues.

After attending George Floyd’s memorial service in Minnesota, she said it sparked her interest in pursuing a career in law.

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Scholarship committee chair Marie Maurice said Smith is a true advocate for the community because of the work she has done.

“She strives to tell someone’s story through advocacy work,” she said. “Rachel’s sincerity and openness about her struggles and her goals was inspiring. We are pleased to support Rachel on her journey with the NAMWOLF Joel Stern Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pipeline Fellowship.

The $10,000 award provides financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of their law school’s student body while pursuing their legal careers.

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Second- and third-year law students who come from a variety of backgrounds can apply.

For more information, visit the FAMU Law website.

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