Paying It Forward Scholarship

INTRODUCTION

Ricky Patel, Esq  established the Pay It Forward Scholarship in order to make a lasting social impact.  The scholarship will provide a minimum $20,000.00 a year to law students who have established a social program(s) that benefits those in need.  Mr. Patel has always had a strong desire to create an evolving platform for giving back.  He realized that establishing a scholarship to foster philanthropic behavior would eventually help to promote the welfare of those in need.  

Selection Committee

Benefactor

Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarship

Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarship

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Ricky Patel, Esq

"Paying it forward by giving back has been a dream of ours for many years.  We are elated to finally establish this scholarship."

Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarship

Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarship

Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarship

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Jessica Fonseca-Nader
"Giving back is truly a team effort, we are so excited to work together and make a lasting impact." 

Associate Dean of Administration

Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarship

Associate Dean of Administration

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Cecile L. Dykas

"The happiest people I know are not the ones getting more, but those giving more"

Scholarship Criteria

Paying It Forward Scholarship will be awarded to four participants in the amount of $5,000 each, to incoming law students who have established a social program that gives back to those in need. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicants who have established a social program that discovers a unique way to help solve a social problem(s). 


HOW TO QUALIFY: 

Applicants will be required to write an essay, explaining their social program, and the impact the program has made. Qualifying factors for the scholarships include: 

  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated community service and leadership qualities
  • Two letters of recommendation related to the social program established by the applicant


SCHOLARSHIP DISTRIBUTION:

The scholarship will be distributed to the students’ first year in two parts, half in fall and half in the spring. The scholarships will be applied to tuition and fees initially. Once tuition and fees are paid, the scholarship may be distributed directly to the recipient for books, supplies, or equipment required for course load at St. Thomas University School of Law. Recipient must enroll at St. Thomas Law in the fall of the year in which the scholarship is awarded, and continue the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by the scholarship committee.  The Scholarship recipients will be recognized as part of the Annual Law Day Luncheon. 

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