3L student Princess Manasseh was recently selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation. She will be presented with the award on June 4 in Santa Monica, California at BWL's Foundation Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon.
To receive the award, Manasseh competed against other applicants, filling out an extensive application and writing an essay on the topic "the current disciplinary policies and laws for preschool, elementary, or high school black and brown students, and...recommendations for alternative policies or laws that can be implemented to deal with the issue of plugging the school-to-prison pipeline."
"Competing for this scholarship was a great experience,” said Manasseh, who is currently interning at the Latin America News Digest and will be studying Spanish in Medellin, Colombia this summer.
“By challenging me to write a paper concerning a topic I had very little prior knowledge of, it afforded me the opportunity to research a very important and serious issue - the criminalization of K-12 students and the school-to-prison pipeline. Additionally, interviewing in front of the panel gave me the opportunity to sharpen my interviewing skills.”
Manasseh, who received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from California State University and is a native of Los Angeles, served as an intern during her 2L year in Miami Law's Health Rights Clinic. She was instrumental in helping a cancer patient receive much needed Social Security disability payments and Medicaid.
Manasseh also participated in the International Moot Court Program and worked with the HOPE’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
“Winning is such an honor and really a bonus on top of an extremely enriching experience," said Manasseh.
Since 1975, the BWL Foundation has awarded almost a half a million dollars in scholarships to law students.