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Law Student Patricia Okonta wins Michigan Auto Law 2015 Diversity Scholarship

August 12, 2015 by Steven M. Gursten

Our attorneys are proud to announce Columbia University Law student Patricia Okonta is the recipient of this year’s Diversity Scholarship

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Patricia may be beginning her future career as a lawyer this fall at Columbia Law School, but we already know how it will end – very successfully, with a bright future ahead that will make a huge difference in peoples’ lives.

Patricia’s scholarship application was chosen out of many talented law school student applicants. Prior to law school, Patricia attended Yale University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science.

Each Diversity Scholarship applicant was asked to submit an essay on how they’re contributing to the diversity of the student body as well as their own communities. We were impressed with Patricia’s efforts as President for the Black Student Alliance at Yale, and her service on a committee for Yale’s Martin Luther King Day events. She’s dedicated the last four years of her college career to championing for racial inclusion — after experiencing biases first hand, that left her feeling like an outsider.

As Patricia wrote in her essay:

“For the remainder of the Fall semester and into the Spring semester, I worked with administrative committees and student groups to plan and participate in discussions and panels on race and biases. Those conversations aren’t easy, but as a campus community there was a necessity to initiate those uncomfortable conversations about race. It was time for a reality check.”

Our lawyers wish Patricia the very best in her bright future and promising legal career.

Each year, Michigan Auto Law awards a Diversity Scholarship. The next scholarship deadline is May 1, 2016.  For more information on application guidelines and eligibility, visit our Diversity Scholarship webpage.

Michigan Auto Law offers two scholarships each year. In addition to the Diversity Scholarship, our attorneys contribute to another legal scholarship for anyone attending a U.S. college or university and who has been seriously injured in an automobile accident. The Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship was created to lend a hand injured accident victims who are demonstrating resolve and determination to rebuild their lives.

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