AWLA has established a dedicated scholarship fund.
We have for a long time offered the Margaret Wilson scholarship to exceptional women law students in Auckland, which we have (and will continue to in the interim) funded from our normal operations.
This year, for the first time, we intend to also offer a new scholarship – directed at women heading to law school in Auckland, and for whom studying law would otherwise be a financial challenge. We know that the legal profession lacks a diversity of backgrounds, and our hope is that this scholarship will in a small way help counter that.
Our intention is to fund a student at an amount of $5000 per year, for four years. This means that each of these scholars will receive a total of $20,000 from AWLA, to help them through university. This is a significant financial commitment for AWLA. To ensure the financial sustainability of this, we intend to fundraise for these scholars in $20,000 increments, and reaching that threshold will ensure that another scholar is funded. We hope that we will be able to offer this scholarship every year, but this will depend on us having raised that scholar’s $20,000.
We also intend to mentor, support, champion and work with these scholars as they progress through their studies, and into the profession. We hope to create a community of AWLA scholars who can support those who come after them. We know we can count on the support of the AWLA community to champion these women, and we look forward to sharing updates on their progress in due course.
More info on the scholarship itself, the criteria, and how to apply will follow soon.
From AWLA’s own funds, and previous fundraising efforts, the scholarship fund currently sits at over $15,000. We therefore need to raise further funds to ensure we can offer this scholarship to a new law student for 2022. Once that target is reached, the funds raised will be directed to the next scholar – hopefully to be funded for 2023, and so on.
The naming of this scholarship is not yet decided – and members should keep an eye on their emails for their opportunity to participate in this.
AWLA would like to thank the following donors:
- A senior member of AWLA
- Laura Mikkelsen
Why $20,000, when smaller amounts could support more people?
We want this scholarship to really make a difference to someone who would otherwise struggle to attend law school. We realise that raising $20,000 for each scholar is a big commitment, and will limit the amount of students we can support, but the costs of attending law school these days are very high (this will not cover a student’s entire costs), so the amount needs to be significant to really have an impact.
How can I help?
The first thing we need is donations. So please consider donating yourself, circulating this to your friends and ask them to consider donating, and ask your employer to consider donating. If you have ideas for fundraising, or if you would like to talk to us about donations at any stage, please contact us.
Once we have scholars at university, and then entering the profession, we’ll be asking the AWLA community to support and awhi them, to help ensure their success.
What is the credit card transaction fee?
Our payments provider charges us a fee for processing credit card payments. If you donate enough to cover this fee, AWLA will use that money to pay the payment provider. Otherwise, those fees are covered by AWLA’s usual resources.
Who can I contact for more information about the scholarship fund, or to discuss donation options?
You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and someone will give you a call if you want to talk.