Southwestern Student Wins National Scholarship for Fighting Hunger in LA
Remy Krumpak has been awarded a 2013 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship. A fourth-year student in the JD/MBA program, Krumpak was selected for this honor based on his work with Public Counsel fighting hunger in Los Angeles. He was formally recognized on June 6 at the 14th Annual Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Washington, D.C. (pictured above), where he received a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 matching grant presented in his name to the hunger-related charity of his choice: the Homelessness Prevention Project at Public Counsel Law Center. Last year, Krumpak was honored with the Pro Bono Award from Public Counsel for his efforts in this area.
For the past three years, Krumpak has worked to end hunger in Los Angeles by training hundreds of social work and law students on how to help homeless families and individuals access emergency food benefits. He also facilitated access to emergency shelters for more than 200 families and individuals in need. He has been president of the Homelessness Prevention Law Project (HPLP) at Southwestern (formerly the General Relief Advocacy Program or GRAP).
Lucy Petrow, a staff attorney for homelessness prevention at Public Counsel, praised Krumpak's dedication, tenacity and impact. "I absolutely adore Remy," she said "He's so reliable, so dependable. He goes out of his way for anybody. He's so compassionate, honest and hardworking. His standards are so high. His attention to detail is amazing, and he's an incredible resource. If he were a stock, I would invest in him."
Krumpak, who is honored to receive this award, wants to encourage his law school peers to look beyond the notion that "working for the DA's office or a large firm are the only two admirable legal careers and start focusing on sustainable law practice that ensures those most at-risk have the basic necessities to be productive members of society."
"While an award for service is appreciated, we need to acknowledge that Los Angeles is still the homeless capital of America and involve our residents and government in a serious attempt to address the problem," Krumpak said. "I want to show Southwestern students that doing well in school and doing well in the community are not mutually exclusive. I have been able to do 400 hours of public service while completing two professional degrees. My work helping the most disadvantaged led to two summers of paid legal work, one at Public Counsel, the largest nonprofit law firm in the country, and the other at the Legislative Counsel of California, the top legislative internship in the state."
The Sodexo Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. The foundation's Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to help eliminate hunger in America. Krumpak not only rallied and trained fellow students to the cause, his efforts have been instrumental in retrieving more than $10,000 in wrongfully denied food benefits for homeless clients. He also worked to ensure that the program remained viable for the longterm, installing several alumni into hunger-related legal non-profits around Los Angeles.