New scholarship connects incoming class with alumni

The Florida Coastal Offices of Admissions and Alumni Relations are proud to announce a new $2,000 alumni scholarship program for incoming Florida Coastal students.

The Alumni Admissions Referral Scholarship invites alumni to nominate prospective and incoming students to the Admissions Office who they believe will be a valuable and successful addition to Florida Coastal’s incoming class.

“The alumni are essentially giving two gifts – first they are giving, obviously, a monetary gift to the student but they’re also giving a gift back to the institution,” said Tony Cardenas, Associate Dean of Admissions. “It’s their chance to help shape our program. They’ll help Florida Coastal by nominating someone they feel can add something to the school and get something out of the education they get here.

“I have always said our alumni are our number one recruiters. They talk about the law school and their experiences. The work that they do solidifies our reputation.”

The one-time $2,000 scholarship will be disbursed over the course of two semesters and is even available to part-time students as a $1,000 award. Alumni can nominate one incoming student per year, including students transferring in from another law school. To nominate a prospective student, alumni need only fill out an online form. Once the Office of Admissions has verified the student has been formally admitted to the school and is entering their first year at Florida Coastal, the Office of Financial Aid will be contacted for disbursement.

One way prospective students can connect with alums is through Alumni Chapter Summer Send-off events, which take place around the country and invite prospective students and their families to meet graduates in their area. The students are able to meet with graduates who practice in their hometown while alumni are able to make connections with future graduates. Alumni can provide a different perspective about the school that students may not receive from a campus tour or reading the website.

“Our alumni have a real interest in seeing the value of their diploma grow and want to have a positive impact on the quality of the entering class,” said Lauren Griffith, Alumni Relations Manager. “If every entering student is able to connect with an alumnus they will have a much greater understanding for what it takes to succeed in law school.”

To find out more information or to complete a nomination form, please visit alumni.fcsl.edu and click on Alumni Admission Referral Scholarship.