ORLANDO, Fla. – Three current Florida Agricultural and Mechanical 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.”

                                                        Ashley Stewart
“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
“Being a Rattler for Justice is more than just someone who shakes up the status quo or to
ensure justice serve. 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
• Dr. Fredrick Humphries, eighth president of FAMU
• Bernard 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.

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About FAMU College of Law

The FAMU College of Law is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, just steps from the George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building; and blocks from governmental offices, major law firms, large corporations and legal service agencies.

The college’s prime location provides students with direct access to the area’s largest employers of individuals with law degrees, offering our students and graduates ample avenues to gain practical experience in the legal profession.

With tuition among the lowest of the 13 law schools in Florida, along with a full-time day program and a part-time evening program, the college is distinctly positioned to offer the traditional student and the working professional a chance to earn a law degree while accruing minimal debt.

The College of Law’s student body is diverse – more than 70 percent minority and more than 50 percent women – helping to enrich a campus community where intellectual freedom and self-discovery are encouraged. Thanks to its renowned faculty, the college focuses on academic excellence in the classroom; emphasizes practical experience and public service within its clinical programs; and stresses professionalism through its co-curricular activities.

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