Nine Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation
The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to nine Southwestern students at its 23rd Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala last weekend. Of the 26 scholarships awarded, Southwestern students made up the largest contingent of honorees, including Maritza Agundez, Lauren Fierro, Jeffrey Garcia, Monique Moncayo, Candace Rodriguez, Patricia Salcedo, Nalleli Sandoval, Sophia Segura and Jessica Vasquez. Recipients were selected based on academic achievement, community service, financial need, leadership and hardships overcome.
"In my 15 years of service to MABF, some 90 Southwestern students have won scholarships totaling about $350,000, and one of those students - Southwestern alumna Patricia Higuera '05 - now sits as MABF's scholarship chair," said Professor Christopher Cameron, a MABF Trustee and Gala Director (pictured above with Southwestern honorees). "I was quite proud that no school won more scholarships this year than Southwestern."
The Mexican American Bar Foundation is a tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to providing financial assistance to men and women of Latino heritage who intend to pursue careers in the law. Working without paid staff or significant overhead, MABF dispurses 90 cents of every dollar raised, and over the past 23 years, has awarded nearly $1.5 million in the form of 323 scholarships to 274 students. The Foundation is dedicated to assisting students attending ABA-accredited law schools in Los Angeles County, including Loyola, Pepperdine, Southwestern, UCLA, and USC, as well as UC Irvine in Orange County. Most of the scholarship recipients are the daughters and sons of low-income immigrants. They have overcome tremendous obstacles to pursue their educations. Typically, they are the first members of their families to attend college, and of course, law school.