Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipient

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce that Andrew Pettit of Coronado, California, has been selected to receive the 2017 Public Service Scholarship Award.

A graduate of Coronado High School, Andrew will receive $5,000 in tuition  assistance as he enters the University of California - Santa Barbara for the fall semester. Andrew was selected from among 13 applicants who are children of FBA members working as federal government attorneys or serving as federal judges. Andrew is the son of Michelle Pettit, an assistant U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. Michelle is an active FBA member and secretary of the San Diego Chapter.

Andrew's excellent academic record, leadership, honors and myriad extracurricular activities helped set the son of James and Michelle Pettit apart from a competitive field of graduating seniors. As a four-year member of the Interact Club, the largest service organization in Coronado High School, Andrew led the way to a 1,200 percent increase in membership and the completion of more than 25 projects and 2,000 student volunteer hours in the 2016-17 school year. His athletic achievements include lettering in water polo and swimming as well as participating in the San Diego Rowing Club.

Andrew was a member of the National Honor Society, a student Rotarian, and received faculty commendations in Spanish and English. He was a photographer for his high school newspaper, Islander Times, and participated in many special interest clubs.

Andrew was selected to attend the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute's Business and Entrepreneurship Court and completed internships with Bank of Internet and Zildjian Cymbals. Travels in China inspired him to pursue international business and study Mandarin through a language-intensive immersion program in the Yunnan Province.

Outside of his academic studies, Andrew served as a YMCA Camp Surf counselor and as an Awana Ministries Youth Bible Study leader for fifth and sixth graders. Since December 2016, he has managed his own landscape photography business, donating profits to environmental causes - a passion sparked by a family trip to Alaska.

"While photographing the shrinking glaciers in the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park last summer, I dedicated myself to environmental protection," Andrew wrote in his application essay. "My career goal is to own an environmental consulting firm that develops business models for companies to use sustainable energy and eco-friendly manufacturing practices while cutting costs. The University of California Santa Barbara is one of the top research universities in the nation, and through its world-class facilities, I hope to participate in groundbreaking research on global warming to find possible solutions to reverse the trend."
He also wrote that he expects more than academics from his experience at UCSB.
"For me, college is about connections, academic pursuits, community involvement, adventure, and the opening of doors. To get the most out of the college experience, I will engage in everything it has to offer -- from the academics to the campus life. College will be a time to focus on my career and personal goals while I follow my passion and leave my mark on the world.
"I am ready to be an impact player and global leader for change. I am eager to make lifelong connections, develop my sense of expertise, and participate in the expanded opportunities to do good for others and the Earth. In the end, the real question is not what I am going to gain from my college education, but what positive impact I can make on the world with my college education."

Funding for the Foundation of the FBA’s Public Scholarship Award comes from a fund named in memory of Earl W. Kintner, who was a distinguished leader of the Federal Bar Association for many years. Kintner’s professional and civic leadership are a model to any aspiring academic. The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; gifts may be tax deductible. For more information about the Foundation of the FBA, please see


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