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UGA School of Law to Create $3 million Scholarship Fund for First-Generation Students

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First-generation college students at the University of Georgia School of Law will now receive partial tuition thanks to a $3 million donation from Kathelen V. Amos and the Daniel P. Amos Family Foundation.

The donation is the largest outright gift to the university in its history, according to UGA Today, and it will help an estimated 15 percent of law students with the cost of tuition.

“At its core, these scholarships provide financial assistance but beyond that tuition aid, they also will give additional support in vital areas such as financial planning advice, network development and acquisition of business attire and bar preparation classes,” School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge stated in an announcement about the scholarships.

The program, called the First-Start Scholars Program will not only provide first-generation law students with the financial resources they need, but it will also provide mentoring and advising services for these students.

Additionally, two current law students and first-generation college students Tyler Mathis and Sharod McClendon have established the School of Law’s First-Generation Student Association in order to build a sense of community and support amongst the first-generation college students.

Scholarships will begin to be awarded in the Fall of 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.law.uga.edu/.