On the evening of March 17, over 175 students, alumni, family and friends of Brooklyn Law School gathered in the Forchelli Conference Center for the annual Endowed Scholars Celebration. The event is a special opportunity for those who have established scholarships to meet the students who have received them and share experiences.
Scholarship recipients Sparkle Alexander '10 and Michael Pope '10 spoke to the group about how meaningful they feel the endowed scholarships have been to them. Barry Salzberg '77 described how important giving back to the law school through an endowment has been to him. His legal education helped shape his successful career as the CEO of Deloitte LLP, he said, and it is imperative for companies and individuals alike to support the leaders of tomorrow through the funding of education.
Many endowed scholarships serve as lasting memorials to loved ones. Helen Welling spoke movingly of the scholarship that the Welling family endowed in memory of their daughter Kate Welling. The beloved sister of Thomas Welling '07, she passed away tragically at a young age.
Rick Koven, the son of the Joan Koven '74, who taught at the Law School and served as the Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs, spoke about how pleased his late mother would have been about the new scholarship his family created to honor her memory. He travelled from Oregon to attend the celebration.
Dean Wexler also expressed gratitude for the new scholarships that were created this academic year: the Carol H. Arber Scholarship; the Martin Besen Scholarship; the Gerald Director Scholarship; the Joan C. Koven Scholarship; the Judge Shirley Wohl Kram Memorial Scholarship; the Jeffrey D. Forchelli Scholarship; the Marguerite Munger Peet Scholarship; the Thomas J. and Deborah B. Nugent Memorial Scholarship; and the Clare R. Petti Scholarship.
The celebration went on longer than planned as the students, friends and graduates continued their enthusiastic conversations.
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Learn more about Endowed Scholarship Opportunities.