Two California Western third-year students, Maigan Wright and Diana Rodriguez Agiss, have been selected for bar stipend scholarships by the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association.
"This year, we received the most applications ever for bar stipend awards," says Nadia Bermudez, president of the La Raza Association Scholarship Fund. "The students selected to receive stipends demonstrate academic achievement and a high likelihood of professional success. We are thrilled to support their chosen paths."
Wright and Rodriguez Agiss are very grateful to have been selected.
"I am very happy to have received the bar stipend," says Rodriguez Agiss. "It really is a load off my shoulders to know that I have that support and it really motivates me to try my hardest while studying for the bar—not only for me, but for La Raza as well. I am very thankful for the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association because through their support, many Latinos are able to fulfill their dreams of becoming attorneys."
"I am truly honored to have been selected for a bar stipend scholarship from SDLRLA," says Wright. "It will definitely help me as I struggle to get through the hard financial times of bar costs and study without an income. I am very appreciative of the scholarship and promise to give back to others in any way I can."
In addition to the financial assistance, Wright appreciates the support of the Latino law community.
"Being selected for this scholarship solidifies that I have been accepted as part of this La Raza community and it is both heartwarming and humbling," she says. "It is also meaningful to have been selected because I hold the La Raza mission statement to heart and am passionate about empowering Latinos around the world. Every person deserves to dream and to have the opportunity to make those dreams come true. Thank you SDLRLA for helping my dream come true."
Both Wright and Rodriguez Agiss are currently doing internships; Wright as a risk management intern at Scripps Health and Rodriguez Agiss at the tax law firm RJS.
They are also both extremely active in campus organizations to further their careers.
Wright is president of the Health Law Society and editor of The Bulletin of Health Policy and Law, an online health policy journal published by the Institute of Health Law Studies at California Western. She is also the student delegate member of the American Health Lawyers Association's Mentoring Committee; the California Western student committee liaison for SDLRLA and an A.I.M. for Law mentor for undergraduate students interested in law school. She is interested in a career in hospital risk management or compliance after passing the bar.
Rodriguez Agiss is founding president of the Tax Law Society, president of the Environmental Law Society, editor of the Health Law Society Bulletin, and a member of the La Raza Student Association. She would like to go into business and tax law after graduation and passing the bar exam.