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UF Law receives gift to promote diversity in law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Levin College of Law has been awarded a $30,000 scholarship grant by the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Foundation to assist in enhancing diversity in the law school. The program will give students with varied backgrounds – who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend law school – the chance to earn a law degree.

The grant will establish the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Foundation Florida Opportunity Scholarship in Law and will work toward the foundation’s overall mission of increasing diversity in the legal workplace.

“We are very grateful for the gift from Shook, Hardy & Bacon, which is going to make such a significant positive impact on the lives of these deserving students,” said UF Law Dean Robert Jerry.

Inspired by UF’s Florida Opportunity Scholars Program for undergraduates – which provides full scholarship and grant packages to first-generation college students who come from families earning less than $40,000 per year – UF Law’s program hopes to assist those same students in attending law school. Candidates for the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Scholarship will be former Florida Opportunity Scholars who have been accepted at the UF College of Law.

“We noticed that the objectives of the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program seemed to line up perfectly with the mission of our foundation,” said SHB Foundation President Jay Simpson. “We are honored and proud to provide this assistance.”

The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program first became available to incoming undergraduates in 2006 and UF Law’s new program coincides with the first recipients of the undergraduate scholarship completing their degrees.

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