A sunny July afternoon at the newly re-opened SCU neighborhood landmark, The Hut, was the setting for a gathering to honor B.T. Collins BA ’70 JD ’73 and celebrate the memorial law scholarship in his name. Among the crowd were scholarship committee members, faculty, friends, and many past scholarship recipients, including awardees from 2018 to as far back as 1993, which was the first year that the scholarship was awarded, shortly after Collins’ passing. As those gathered shared memories of Collins, there was a common thread among this diverse group: a sense of awe at his legacy of leadership and public service, as well as the loyalty he has inspired.
Dick Cunha ‘68, JD ‘73, a longstanding member of the scholarship committee and supporter of the scholarship fund, spoke about the need to continue that legacy into the next generation. He explained that the scholarship committee group is working to recruit new members to help award scholarships and to help keep the light of B.T. Collins’ spirit and work alive. Also present was Hon. Jim Emerson JD ‘73, another B.T. classmate, who shared some stories about what it was like to be a student at Santa Clara Law in the early ’70s.