Across the United States, legal professionals & law firms have recognized a significant need to promote and encourage diversity within the legal field. These professionals recognize that a diverse and inclusive workplace can foster a variety of beneficial viewpoints and enhance employee productivity.
Fraser Stryker believes that in order to advance diversity within the legal field, educational opportunities need to be provided to all students. This is why the Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship was founded in 2007. Open to Omaha metro high school seniors, the Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship provides two $2,500 annual scholarships to talented students from diverse backgrounds who have a financial need to fulfill their dream of working in the legal field.
13 Years of Elevating Diversity
“For the Fraser Stryker team, it has not only been an honor, but a privilege to offer the Diversity Scholarship to graduating Omaha seniors over the last 13 years.” said Stephen M. Bruckner, Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship Committee member. Some of the milestones achieved since the Diversity Scholarship program began include:
- 25 total scholarship recipients
- Almost $175,000 in scholarship dollars awarded
- 46 internship months worked, with five individuals going on to become part-time runners
We enjoy watching scholarship recipients grow their knowledge and leadership skills. Several Diversity Scholars have gone on to graduate from law school and are now practicing law in Omaha and elsewhere. Other successful scholarship recipients include Symone Sanders, political strategist with experience working on two major presidential campaigns, and Aya Yousuf, the 2019/2020 UNO Student Body President.
About the Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship
Since 2007, the Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship has provided financial aid to college-bound students to help purse a career in law. Recipients are also given an opportunity to work as a paid intern at Fraser Stryker during the summer to further their knowledge in the legal field. To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements at the time the application is submitted:
- Be a high school senior of diverse origins in the greater Omaha area
- Have an interest in pursuing a career in law
- Demonstrate a financial need
- Rank in the top 20% of their graduating class
- Prove residency in the Omaha area for the previous four consecutive years
- Show acceptance to an accredited college or university located in the United States
Scholarship recipients with a minimum of a cumulative 3.0 undergrad GPA and 12 credit hours per semester have the ability to renew the scholarship for an additional three academic years.*
The Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship opens each year at the end of January and closes at the beginning of March. Information on the Diversity Scholarship can be found on our Law Scholarships webpage. If you wish to receive an email notification when the scholarship opens annually, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Scholarship renewals are granted at the discretion of the Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship Committee.
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