Updates from Previous Scholarship Recipients

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association recently reached out to previous scholarship recipients to find out how their college experience is going, and how the Public Service Scholarship has made a different to them. Here are some of their responses:

2013: Ellie Johnston (Norman, OK)

“I currently attend Georgetown University, as a student in the McDonough School of Business studying finance and marketing. I am a rising sophomore and cannot wait to see what this next year has in store for me. I chose to attend Georgetown after visiting it and falling in love with the campus and student body. Washington D.C. is the best location for a college in my opinion. Students can explore this nation’s capital, while still having a campus that forms a tight-knit community.

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association’s Public Service Scholarship has meant an enormous amount to me over the past year. Receiving the scholarship allowed me to focus on other things besides schoolwork and getting a job. I could broaden my horizons by getting active in the community. I became a weekly tutor with DC Reads, where I traveled to the other side of DC every week and helped with a fifth grade class.  I opted to turn down the hourly wage DC Reads offered to work-study students, allowing the organization to hire another tutor.  I could not have done this without the scholarship. I was also able to spend more time doing various campus-wide community service activities, which allowed me to meet and bond with even more students.  

I sincerely thank the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association for entrusting me with the Public Service Scholarship -- it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to continue to give back to the community through college and beyond.”  

2012: Colette Berg (Detroit, MI)

“I am so grateful to have been the 2012 recipient of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association scholarship. My first semester at Fordham University, my Biology and Chemistry textbooks alone cost over $500. As an 18-year-old living away from home for the first time, knowing that I had that money in my savings account made an immeasurable difference. I continue to purchase my textbooks each semester with that scholarship money.

Having the cushion of the Foundation’s Public Service Scholarship allowed me to stay in New York City during summer 2013 and take a relatively low-paying research job in an ecology lab. I am now working full time for a National Science Foundation funded project that is building a seed bank to study how plant populations are evolving in response to global climate change. My advisor and I have developed a relationship with an educational and community center for young women in the South Bronx, the Rosedale Center. We have been planning and implementing workshops and science activity days which teach the young women at the center about the environment and evolutionary biology. Through my involvement in the Bronx community, I strive to live up to the value of public service which the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association scholarship encourages.

After undergrad, I plan to pursue a PhD in Evolutionary Ecology, and hopefully I will be able to continue doing research, education, and outreach work. I aspire to be a scientist, but a scientist actively involved with the non-scientific community.”

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