Congratulations to our 2016 High School Scholarship Recipients:
Shelby Powell – Western Beaver High School. Shelby will be attending Duquesne University pursuing a career as a Nurse Practitioner.
Sabrina Knapp – Beaver Area High School. Sabrina will be attending West Chester University with a major in Middle Education.
Congratulations to our 2016 Non-Traditional Scholarship Recipients:
Dawn Larson – Beaver Falls – major Interdisciplinary Studies K-8
Kelsey Hudacsek , Monaca, major Fine Arts
Effie M. Solomon Memorial Scholarship
In October 1965 a well-known Beaver County lawyer, Effie Solomon, passed away. To honor her memory her family established the Effie M. Solomon Memorial Scholarship to aid other Beaver County women who are training to be lawyers.
Funds began accumulating, and in 1984 the Beaver Valley Branch began awarding this scholarship to deserving Beaver County women. Since then, we have expanded by awarding this scholarship to women from Western Pennsylvania.
Congratulations to Amanda Perry, 2016 Effie Solomon Scholarship recipient. Amanda is a third year Evening Division Student at Duquesne University School of Law, involved in the Academic Community as a student ambassador, an Academic Excellence Peer Tutor for contracts, class representative in the Student Bar Association, member of Duquesne Women’s Law Association, and Junior staff member of Duquesne Law Review.
An externship that started this past spring semester has turned into an ongoing pro bona project where she spends one day each week in the Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office. She is the first Certified Legal Intern in the history of the Court of Common Pleas of Lawrence County meaning, under direct supervision from a practicing attorney, she can appear before any of their judges on behalf of an indigent client.
Through a class last year titled Wrongful Convictions, Amanda became aware of an exoneree from Lawrence County. Through the exoneree’s former lead counsel, she was provided w boxes of case files, notes, and transcripts for a class project on that case. At the conclusion of that paper, she was introduced to an attorney in Pittsburgh who is pursuing civil action on the exoneree’s behalf for his wrongful conviction and was asked to join his pro bona team as a pro bona intern.
Amanda’s passion has become wrongful convictions and correcting miscarriages of justice. Besides her course load, she works 25-30 hours per week, and is a volunteer in the Public Defender’s office.