The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati would like to congratulate all of the 2021 Scholarship Recipients. We are excited to highlight our Scholarship Recipients and their accomplishments here and wish them all continued success.
William D. Jones II – Recipient of the William A. McClain Scholarship was born and raised in Cincinnati. He initially grew up with his Great-Great Grandmother on Kasota in Avondale and spent a significant amount of time with family and friends who lived in other communities. However, William was mostly Downtown, where he lived. William is a product of Cincinnati Public Schools, only attending CPS schools and graduating from Walnut Hills High School; attended from 7th through 12th grade.
While growing up, William participated in local organizations such as City Gospel Missions Children Ministry and Emanual Community Center. These organizations were extremely pivotal to his development and commitment to service. With wholesome, Christian based practices, William enjoyed a wealth of opportunities, facilitate by warm, kind-hearted people. Similarly, as a first-generation college student, he attended the University of Cincinnati, warmly welcomed and well assisted by their Student Support Services department.
As an adult in Cincinnati, William has served in the Juvenile Courts, Adult Probation, as a Firefighter, a youth football coach, a church high school ministry leader and other roles because he loves people, loves Cincinnati and wants to make this world a better place.
Niara E. Stitt – Recipient of the Theodore M. Berry Scholarship is a Cleveland native, and alumna of Ohio University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Prelaw. She is a third-year law student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Niara served on the executive boards for UC Law’s chapters of the Black Law Student Association and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She is a Social Justice Fellow of the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and a member of the Moot Court Honor Board. When she graduates, Niara plans to remain in Cincinnati, working as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.
Janelle Thompson – Recipient of the Shanda L. Spurlock Scholarship graduated from Penn State in 2019 with a degree in BioRenewable Systems and a minor in Sustainability Leadership. She is currently a second-year law student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Janelle is also a social justice fellow of the Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and the Secretary of the UC Student Bar Association. Her interests include real estate, commercial, and environmental law. Janelle aims to connect social justice into areas of law that directly impact communities of color.
Glenda E. Wright – Recipient of the Jack Sherman Jr. Scholarship, was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky. Glenda is a current full-time 2L at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. From a very young age, Glenda has always been driven to speak up for others and volunteer her time to serve others. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Murray State University. During this time, Glenda started her advocacy journey for foster youth and the juveniles touched by the justice system. Since then, Glenda has had the privilege of holding several leadership positions that have provided her with the perfect outlet to serve her community. Glenda currently volunteers her time as Chair of the Children’s Justice Act Taskforce, with Pro Seniors, and as a student leader for several Chase groups. Glenda plans to continue her strong history of service as part of her legal profession.
Application period is currently open for the 2022 Scholarships.
The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati invites eligible law students to apply for scholarships. The selection of recipients will be made by the BLAC Scholarship Committee. The selected recipients will be recognized and presented with their scholarships at BLAC’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet.
Each recipient will be asked to submit an appropriate photograph and biography for the program, after the selection. In addition to awarding four law student scholarships, we will present our distinguished service award and introduce graduating students from our two area law schools to the greater Cincinnati legal community. The black-tie optional affair will be held on April 30, 2022. Approximately 400 lawyers, judges, law students, and friends attend our banquet each year. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now accepting applications through February 25, 2022.