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External Relations Update

External Relations Update – March 2021

Transformative Impact: Building the Case for Scholarships

By Steve O’Brien

At the recent virtual Santa Clara University Scholarship Celebration, nearly 200 donors, recipients, and University community members gathered to highlight the profound impact of scholarships and to express our collective gratitude for those creating and contributing to them. University President, Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., emphasized Santa Clara University’s long standing commitment to expand access to and increase the affordability of a Santa Clara education. He noted how the Jesuit principle of serving others calls us to action and how a more diverse and inclusive community of scholars benefits everyone.

The same is true for Santa Clara Law. Because our distinctive legal education is rooted in the Jesuit faith tradition and guided by a commitment to social justice, offering financial aid and other scholarship assistance is a moral imperative. Supporting and funding these scholarships helps Santa Clara Law graduate lawyers who lead with integrity, practitioners who possess a commitment to serving others, and alumni who will enjoy a lifelong connection with our community. 

Last month, the Law School hosted its 16th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Celebration, where four law students were awarded Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarships. The stories of the hardships they overcame en route to Santa Clara Law, the work they have done in support of civil rights and social justice, and their professional aspirations were a powerful inspiration to us all, and a validation for the individuals and businesses that supported the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarships. Without this type of supplemental financial aid, some or all of these individuals may not have been able to attend Santa Clara Law, thereby depriving the broader legal community of their remarkable contributions.   

In the coming months, we will share more about the Law School’s efforts to encourage giving in support of scholarships, including the introduction of a new scholarship fund designed to improve recruitment and retention of top students. Next month, the Law School will promote scholarships as its top philanthropic priority during the University wide Day of Giving on April 21. For more information about how to contribute to existing scholarships or how to form a new scholarship, please reach out to a member of our External Relations team and we will be happy to assist you.