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University student wins $2,500 scholarship from Ontario family law firm

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 9:32 AM | By John Chunn

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers announced that Trent University student Mary Hallett is the winner of its $2,500 law scholarship, which it offers annually to offset the costs of studying the field of law in Canada. This year, the grant included a technology stipend to help with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were very impressed with the number of submissions that came in,” said founder Russell Alexander. “Given the ongoing health crisis with no clear ending in sight, we felt it was appropriate to add some additional money for a new computer, tablet, or other electronic device.”

Hallett, who is in her first semester at the university in Peterborough, Ont., is majoring in science.

According to its press release, since 2017, the law firm in Lindsay, Ont., has given $2,000 to a student who has an interest in joining or studying the legal profession. This year, the scholarship included a technology stipend worth an additional $500 to buy an electronic device needed to take classes online due to the pandemic.

This scholarship was open to Canadian students who were set to graduate from high school in the current academic year. To qualify, applicants had to have an average of 80 per cent or higher and an interest in joining the legal community. Students were required to write a 1,000-word essay on a family law issue and upload a high school transcript, resumé and recommendation letter to complete the application process.

“We were really inspired by the thoughtfulness of the submissions this year, especially,” added Alexander. “The enthusiasm, passion and drive expressed in so many of the applications really gives us hope for the future of the legal profession in Canada.”