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Scholarship Program

The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section shall present at least two nonrenewable tuition/books-only scholarships to be limited to the amounts available for distribution. For the year 2014, the scholarships may range from $250 to $1,000, and are available to those enrolling in, or already enrolled in, a paralegal/legal assistant degree/certificate program at a post-secondary college or university located in the State of Michigan. One scholarship may be awarded only to a member of the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section. However, if the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section does not receive enough qualified applicants, then it may elect to award less than two scholarships. Members of the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section Scholarship Committee are not eligible to receive this scholarship during the year in which they serve on the Scholarship Committee.

Return the application with all required attachments by June 1, 2014, to the following:

    Jennifer M. Petty, Paralegal
    Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
    Direct Dial: (313) 963-5553, Ext. 225
    Fax: (313) 963-5571

2013 Scholarships

    The SBM Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section awarded $2,250 in scholarships for calendar year 2013 to the following applicants:

    $1,000 to Marilyn Feather, Oakland University student
    Marilyn Feather of Shelby Township has a 3.7 GPA and expects to graduate from Oakland University’s paralegal program in 2014 with specialty certificates in litigation and business. Marilyn’s interest in the law and the process of justice goes back to her days in high school. She started her career as a receptionist in a small law firm where she completed her Associates Degree in Legal Administration. Furthering her legal career, she received her Certified Professional Legal Secretary in 1990. She is past President of the Oakland County Legal Secretaries Association and was appointed Parliamentarian of the Michigan Association of Legal Professionals in 1993. Marilyn is also an avid photographer and hopes to be able to combine her passion of the law with her photography to become published.

    $750 to Heather Ungarten, Madonna University student
    Heather Ungarten of Commerce has a 4.0 GPA and expects to graduate from Madonna University’s paralegal studies program in December 2013. Heather began her legal career in 2011 when she attended Oakland Community College for Paralegal Studies, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. Heather graduated from Poland Seminary High School and studied dance, voice and acting. She studied musical theater for two years at Youngstown State University which lead her to a position at Walt Disney Entertainment. She performed in shows at Walt Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan and across America in the Broadway National Tour of 42nd Street.

    $500 to Cierra Griffin, Macomb Community College student
    Cierra Griffin of Roseville is a student at Macomb Community College and expects to graduate winter of 2014. Cierra began her education at Macomb Community college with an eye towards an English major. However, she decided to change her major and found the field of law most interesting. She obtained a job working at the City of Eastpointe Assessor’s Office and felt it was the perfect match with her educational path towards becoming a paralegal. Cierra enjoyed working with her high school newspaper and web design.



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