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Program offers Utah law school scholarships based on overcoming adversity

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Utah’s two law schools on Thursday announced a fellowship program with full-tuition scholarships for admittees with significant hardships.

Called the Achievement Fellowships Program, it is funded by Durham Jones & Pinegar, Greenberg Traurig, Kirton McConkie, Snell & Wilmer and Strong & Hanni.

According to a news release from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School and the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, the schools are expecting more law firms to join as sponsors.

Awardees also receive mentorship from participating law firms. Besides qualifying for admission at either school, consideration will be based on applicants’ backgrounds. Examples given include being the first person in the family to attend college, having a disability, living in a household with substance abuse, working long hours during high school or college, attending an underresourced school, and being an immigrant.

“In all cases, the reviewing committee will be looking for evidence of personal growth, initiative, perseverance and character development,” according to the release.

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