Students urged to apply for scholarships

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation Inc. recently announced that the deadline for applications for its A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship is Friday, May 26. 

The Straker Foundation awards scholarships for African American students seeking financial assistance in the pursuit of a degree in law.  

There will be one or more scholarships awarded at the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Annual Trailblazers Award and Scholarship Dinner, on Thursday, June 8, at the Westin Hotel in Southfield.  

The first scholarships were presented at the 1999 Trailblazer’s Dinner.  

Since that time, more than $100,000 has been awarded to law students through the fundraising efforts of the Straker Bar Association, 

The A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship encourages law students to excel in their legal studies, with the ultimate goal of increasing African American representation within the practice of law.  

The program is also a way to honor the memory of D. Augustus Straker, who in 1890 became the first African American attorney to argue a case before the Michigan Supreme Court, and A. Kay Stanfield Spinks, for the
founding the Straker Foundation and the establishment of the scholarship award.

To qualify for the Straker Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an ABA certified law school program and entering their second or third year of law school in the fall of 2016.  

An application form should be completed and submitted to the email address of Aaron V. Burrell at no later than May 26.

Students may contact their respective law school deans of student services or go to the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s website at to download an application.

Successful applicants must demonstrate scholarly dedication, be involved in school and community activities and be able to clearly articulate a vision which indicates  prospects  for long-term success in the practice of law in the State of Michigan, especially as it relates to representing people of color within the legal system.