The DeKalb County Community Foundation works with a variety of donors and funds to support scholarship awards for students in DeKalb County. It’s exciting to witness the sheer joy in the moment of acceptance, but what is the true impact for the student? Do scholarship awards enable students to pursue their dreams and motivate them to aim high? Let’s hear what the students have to say!
I wouldn’t have the job I have now–my dream job– without obtaining the legal education that I did.
I am a staff attorney in the Housing Practice Group at Legal Aid Chicago. Legal Aid Chicago provides high quality, free legal services to people living in poverty in Cook County. I specialize in housing issues, where I work with vulnerable people who are often living with disabilities or are survivors of domestic violence to prevent them from being wrongfully evicted, request a reasonable accommodation related to their housing, or preserve their housing voucher.
I wouldn’t have the job I have now–my dream job– without obtaining the legal education that I did. I am grateful that I received such an incredible legal education and could bring that education and those skills back to Chicago to help the most vulnerable navigate the civil legal system.
Law school is incredibly expensive and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in public interest law, which unfortunately pays far less than working at a large private firm. The Spinoso Scholarship helped ease the financial burden of pursuing such an expensive education.
Yes. Thank you so much John and Vivian!
Pictured above: Donors John and Vivian Spinoso stand outside the Community Foundation with scholarship recipient Tory Tilton.