The New Jersey State Bar Foundation presented scholarships to help 13 students pursue their education as they embark on a career in the law.

Among the recipients for the 2022–23 academic year are children of first-generation immigrants and those passionate about one day representing people in underserved communities. Students, who received a total of $42,000 from the NJSBF, were selected based on academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities, financial need, and community service.

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The annual scholarships are open to first- and second-year students enrolled at an accredited law school in New Jersey and Columbia Law School. In addition, women may apply for one of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi Scholarships. The scholarships range from $500 to $10,000.

“One of the Foundation’s missions is to foster an increased awareness, appreciation and knowledge of law and the legal system. Providing these scholarships is but one of the many ways that the Foundation accomplishes this goal,” said Kathleen Fennelly, president of the NJSBF.

Zahirah Sabir, a scholarship winner on track to graduate from Rutgers Law School in 2024, said she was thrilled to receive the Labor Law Scholarship Award.

Her ambition is to work in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office following graduation.

“I would love to work in either the consumer protection or civil rights divisions,” Sabir said. “This scholarship will help offset the cost of my upcoming semester and allow me to continue my legal education, much more stress-free.”

Caitlin Pennell, one of three women given the Garibaldi scholarship, said she felt honored to help carry on the legacy of Justice Garibaldi, the first woman president of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the first woman associate justice appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“I am in awe of the generosity within the legal community here in New Jersey that allowed me to receive this scholarship,” Pennell said. “I look forward to being able to give future law students the same generosity and support that has been shown to me.”

Winners for 2022–23 include:

  • Matthew E. Beck Criminal Law Scholarship: Maurice Daniel, Rutgers Newark
  • Abram D. and Maxine H. Londa Scholarship: Emily Fetsko, Rutgers Newark
  • Sonia Morgan Scholarship: Brenda Milouchev, Rutgers Newark
  • Labor Law Scholarship: Zahirah Sabir, Rutgers Camden
  • Scarinci Hollenbeck Scholarship: Daniel Adamek, Rutgers Newark
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation Scholarship: Asia Norton, Rutgers Newark
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation Scholarship: Alyssa Olagbegi, Rutgers Camden
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation Scholarship: Randolph Portugal, Seton Hall
  • The Justin P. Walder Scholarship: Sydney Binkley, Seton Hall
  • Wallace Vail Scholarship: Yi Hun (Sophie) Kim, Rutgers Newark
  • The Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi Scholarship: Hayley Schultz, Rutgers Camden
  • The Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi Scholarship: Caitlin Pennell, Rutgers Camden
  • The Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi Scholarship: Anna Maria Giblin, Rutgers Newark