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Varnum Awards Two Students LSAT Preparation Course Scholarships

May 24, 2011

Crystal Figueroa and Phanuelle Duchatelier have been chosen as the 2011 recipients of Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion LSAT Preparation Course Scholarships.

The scholarship program was created as part of the firm's ongoing efforts to encourage diversity in the legal field and in the community. The scholarships offer financial support to students who exhibit a commitment to promoting greater ethnic or racial diversity and inclusion as they pursue a career in law. Specifically, the LSAT Preparation Course provides financial assistance to undergraduate students who desire to attend law school. The two scholarships are valued at up to $1,500 each, covering the cost to participate in an LSAT preparation course offered by Kaplan Test Prep and Admission.

Crystal Figueroa

Phanuelle Duchatelier

Figueroa is entering her final year at the University of Michigan where she is studying political science and Latino studies. Duchatelier is a senior at Calvin College and is studying Spanish, international relations and sociology.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Junior level student currently attending an accredited Michigan college or university
  • Student of academic achievement as reflected by a cumulative minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a significant commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion

"Once again we're excited to see such qualified candidates applying to our program," said Beth Skaggs, Varnum partner and member of the Diversity and Inclusion team. "Both Crystal and Phanuelle are talented women and have done much to promote diversity and inclusion in their schools and communities; we're honored to assist them as they pursue a career in law."

Varnum started its Diversity and Inclusion team more than 15 years ago. Since then, the team has established various projects and programs including a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, ongoing firm-wide programming on diversity issues, and consistent financial support for diversity initiatives, groups, and programs in the community.


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