The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) Awards Scholarships to Seven Southwestern Students
The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to seven Southwestern Law School students at its 2007 Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 9. The law school's seven recipients included: Isela Barrios '09, Robert Blanco '09, Stacy Marquez '08, Angelica Ramos '08, China Rosas '08, Carmen Yates '08, and Belén Goméz '08. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation's Scholarship Committee considers the applicant's financial need, commitment to community service, and academic achievement.
This year, the MABF awarded a record $100,000 in scholarships to a total of 24 students of Latin heritage attending American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools in Los Angeles County. By contrast, in 1998, the Foundation awarded a total of only $6,000 to six students attending Los Angeles area law schools. The massive increase in awarded scholarships is due not only to the growing awareness among major law firms and corporate law departments of the need to diversify the legal profession, but also to their increased commitment to making diversity happen. All scholarships awarded were $5,000, except for four exceptional scholars who were awarded $7,500. Southwestern's China Rosas was one of these exceptional scholars.
"I'm proud of the work the Mexican American Bar Foundation does for all Latino law students in Los Angeles County, but especially Latino students at Southwestern," said Christopher Cameron, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Southwestern. Dean Cameron also serves as Gala Dinner Co-Chair but does not participate in choosing any of the scholars.
"If you're looking for proof why Southwestern is consistently ranked as one of the country's best schools for Hispanic students, look no further than the fact we have some of the best around," he said.
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 Chicano and 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. Since 1991, the Foundation has awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships to almost 150 students attending local law schools, including Southwestern, Loyola, Pepperdine, UCLA and USC.