Dallas-based Winstead is launching a new scholarship program in January to enhance the firm’s diversity. The Winstead Juris Doctor Scholarship Program will offer one first-year student from each of three law schools -- the University of Houston Law Center, the University of Texas School of Law and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law -- a package of cash awards and bonuses totaling $18,000, an associate position in the firm’s 2009 summer program and an opportunity to select a minority student organization to which the firm will donate $2,000. Applications for the scholarships are due in February and include a personal statement, a copy of the student’s first-semester transcript and a résumé. The firm is also encouraging students to submit a written legal product with their applications. Winstead attorneys will interview scholarship finalists in early March and notify the winners by the end of the month.
Here’s how the money breaks down, according to an e-mail from Tom Forestier, a Winstead shareholder in Houston and chairman of the firm’s diversity committee: $2,500 to each scholarship recipient at the end of March 2008; $2,500 as a signing bonus for accepting a 2009 summer associate position; and $13,000 as a signing bonus when beginning full-time employment with the firm. Additionally, Winstead will donate $2,000 to a law student organization or group, such as the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association at UT Law, selected by each scholarship winner. Winstead plans to give presentations about the program at each of the three law schools in January.
-- Jeanne Graham