Scholarships

For the first time the Puerto Rican Bar Association, through its scholarship fund, will be awarding legacy scholarships in celebration of its 2017 Puerto Rican Bar Association Diamond Jubilee.

Each scholarship recipient will receive Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) yearly until graduation. The scholar will receive Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) per semester. To receive the award, the scholarship recipient must remain in good standing and enrolled full-time at an accredited American Bar Association Law School in New York State.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Adriel Colón

Albany Law School

Samuel Carrion

Brooklyn Law School

Daniel Vizcarrondo

Brooklyn Law School

Denise Mira

Touro College Jacob D.
Fuchsberg Law Center

Adriel Colón

Adriel Colón is a law student at Albany Law School. He was the Vice-President for the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) and an active member of other multicultural groups. In his first Summer as a law student, Adriel served as a legal intern with the New York State Department of Health in the Division of Legal Affairs where he accepted a paid position to stay for the semester in that same capacity. Adriel is a student intern with the Health Law Clinic at Albany Law School where he serves the legal needs of clients that suffer from chronic health conditions. When Adriel graduates, he hopes to pursue a career in Healthcare litigation and to proactively attack health care policies that disproportionately impact the Latino community and underserved individuals.

Samuel Carrion

Samuel Carrion was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to parents of Puerto Rican decent. Growing up, he spent many of his childhood summers with his grandfather in Rincon, Puerto Rico and attributes those experiences to strengthening his connection to the island and its culture. A product of New York City public schools through high school, Sam attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for his undergraduate education. Prior to enrolling at Brooklyn Law School, Sam served six years as a police officer in Bedford Stuyvesant. He hopes to continue working in public service upon graduation.

Denisse Mira

A law student at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. As a first year law student, Denisse had the opportunity to work with the Honorable Joseph Pastoressa and the Honorable Jeffrey Arlen Spinner. Denisse also worked as a summer law clerk in the Litigation Department at Cullen and Dykman LLP. Denisse is a Student Ambassador for both Touro Law Center and the New York City Bar Association where she had the opportunity to offer guidance and support to new and prospective law students. Denisse also volunteered with the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor High School Internship program, which places students from underrepresented backgrounds with judges for summer internships. Denisse also served as a mentor to high school students participating in the inaugural Justice Institute with the Eastern District of New York, where she proudly coached her team through a mock trial.

Daniel Vizcarrondo

He is student at Brooklyn Law School where he served as Metro LALSA delegate from 2014 to 2015 and Brooklyn LALSA’s Academic Chair. He was inducted into Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society after his first semester in law school and served as the Associate Managing Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law. Daniel was selected as a 2015 New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellow and interned at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He was also awarded a scholarship from the Puerto Rican Bar Association (“PRBA”) in 2014 and marched down 5th Avenue with the PRBA at the 2016 Puerto Rican Day Parade. Daniel is interested in Regulatory Compliance, Tax Law, and International Business Law
2015 Scholarship Recipients
  • Michelle Reyes
  • Anna Federico – Albany Law School
  • Carlos F. Ugalde – Fordham University School of Law
  • Anthony Beneduce Jr. – Brooklyn Law School
  • Daily Guerrero – Columbia Law School
2014 Scholarship Recipients
  • Megan Martucci – Fordham University School of Law
  • Rebecca Medina – New York Law School
  • Stephanie Rivas – SUNY BUFFALO Law School
  • Jamie Ruiz –TOURO Law School
  • Christopher Santos – New York University Law School
  • Bianca Vitale – Hofstra Law School
  • Daniel Vizcarrondo – Brooklyn Law School
  • Jill Westerberg – CUNY Law School