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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Announces 2011 Scholarship Recipients

NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is proud to announce its 2011 Herbert Lehman Education Fund and the Earl Warren Legal Training Program scholarship recipients. LDF's Scholarship Programs were envisioned by Thurgood Marshall as an important means of addressing the financial disparities that prevented African-American students from attending the previously segregated colleges and universities of the South. The Lehman Fund, created in 1964, and the Warren Training Program, incorporated in 1972, have provided financial assistance and nurtured the careers of African-American attorneys and activists dedicated to civil rights and public interest work for five generations.

593 students of all colors applied for scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year, the largest number in four application cycles. From this extremely talented pool, 53 outstanding were awarded Lehman Scholarships (which are provided to undergraduates) and 22 earned awards from the Warren Program (which are provided to law students). The applicants were a diverse group of dedicated individuals from almost all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

"Our world and our nation face perilous times, but meeting these bright young students through their applications have shown me, once again, that the work of idealistic, passionate young people will only serve to make our world a better and more just place," said Karen Thompson, Director of LDF's Scholarship Programs.

Fifty years after the award of the first LDF scholarships, the shared purpose of both the Lehman Fund and the Warren Program remains clear: to provide scholarships that will help students achieve their academic goals, to involve students in advancing the cause of civil rights and to assure that the doors thrown open by Brown v. Board of Education remain open. Previous recipients of the Warren and Lehman Scholarships include: Marian Wright Edelman, Anita Hill, Congressman James Clyburn and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee.

The 2011 Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship Recipients:

    Idorenyin          Akpan       University of Pennsylvania
    Asha         I.    Anderson    University of Southern California
                                    University of Maryland, College
    Nkongho            Beteck       Park
    Chelseyah          Bolden      Xavier University of Louisiana
    Julian       D.    Brew        University of Notre Dame
    Rejerio      J.    Burton      University of Florida
    Kiah         A.    Clingman    University of Southern California
    Christopher  A.    Dean        Connecticut College
    Alexandria   S.    Fields      Parsons The New School for Design
                                    The University of Tennessee,
    Toni         S.    Flake        Knoxville
    Brendan      M.    Gill        Berklee College of Music
    Jasmyne      L.    Grismore    Williams College
    Zachary      T.    Hall        United State Military Academy
                                    The Massachusetts Institute of
    Christopher  J.    Hunter       Technology
    Alicia       F.    Johnson     SUNY, Binghamton
    Destiny      A.    Johnson     Colorado State University
    Stephan      C.    Johnson     Dartmouth College
    Aaron        D.    Jones       Mississippi State University
    Terrell      J.    Jones       Florida A & M University
    Alanna       J.    Kaplan      SUNY, Geneseo
    Alexandria   L.    Lee         University of California, Davis
    Kristina           Logdberg    Stetson University
    Shamira      Y.    Lukomwa     University of Chicago
    Jennifer     K.    Lunceford   Brown University
    Shakeria     E.    McGuire     University of N. C. at Greensboro
    Allison      N.    McKenzie    Berklee College of Music
    Ke'von       M.    Miles       University of Connecticut
    Terik        A.     Jr.        Rider University
    Meadeshia    S.    Mitchell    Howard University
    Ricardo      O.    Mullings    Brown University
    Ridwan             Olatilewa   SUNY, Binghamton University
    Lanita       S.    Patton      University of Florida
    Lizelle      A.    Pernia      LaSalle University
    Linda        H.    Pham        University of California, Berkeley
                                    University of North Carolina at
    Kristina     A.    Redd         Chapel Hill
    John         W.    Ross, III   Hampton University
    Jonathan     D.    Seals       University of Denver
    Bobby        J.    Shaw        Donnelly College
    Uri-Biia     H.    Si-Asar     Howard University
                                    California State University, Long
    Cera         H.    Smith        Beach
    DiAnthony    A.    Talmadge    Chapman University
    Sara         M.    Theiss      Harvard College
    Imani        C.    Thomas      West Chester University
    Demetrius    R.    Tyler       Florida A & M University
    Gia          M.    Velasquez   Yale College
    DeShaunya    R.    Ware        University of Missouri - Columbia
                                    University of Tennessee,
    Chad         C.    White        Chattanooga
    Jacoba       R.    White       Purdue University
    Raymond      L.    Wilkes      Louisiana State University
    Dreshad      L.    Williams    The Art Institute of Portland
    Jessica      L.    Wilson      Princeton University
                                    University of California, San
    Martin             Zamora       Diego
    Jane               Zhu         University of Pennsylvania

The 2011 Earl Warren Legal Training Program Scholarship Recipients:

                                  University of California Hastings
    Maheisha    L.   Adams        College of Law
    Delania     C.   Barbee      University of Connecticut School of Law
    Melissa     D.   Chastang    Harvard Law School
    Leon        G.   Creary      University of Wisconsin Law School
    Valerie     C.   Ezie        Columbia Law School
                                  University of California, Irvine School
    Cinthia     N.   Flores       of Law
    Jarrid      L.   Green       Howard University School of Law
    Warren           Henderson   Pepperdine University  School of Law
    Mariam      A.   Hinds       Stanford Law School
    Ashley      R.   Hodges      Georgetown University Law Center
    Felecia     D.   Hunter      Howard University School of Law
    Amina       L.   Kirk        University of Michigan Law School
    Jaimie      K.   McFarlin    Harvard Law School
    Britany     M.   Nunez       Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
    Chika            Okafor      Yale Law School
    Bruce       S.   Reilly      Tulane Law School
    Jessica     L.   Rofe        New York University School of Law
                                  University of California Los Angeles
    Calista     L.   Ross         School of Law
                                  University of California Berkeley
    Rukayatu         Tijani       School of Law
    Chaloea     M.   Williams    Boston University Law School
    Marcus      E.   Williams    Southwestern Law School
    Michele     A.   Yankson     New York University School of Law


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 70 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

Contact: Mel Gagarin, LDF 212-965-2783, [email protected]

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