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Wilson Elser Awards Academic Scholarship to Brianna Dawes

The Thomas W. Wilson Sr. Scholarship Program, Named for One of the Firm’s Founders

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (June 5, 2015) – Wilson Elser is proud to announce that it has presented its Thomas W. Wilson Sr. Scholarship for the 2015–2016 school year to Brianna Dawes, the daughter of Maria Dawes, a legal secretary in the firm’s Philadelphia office. 

Dawes will enter her senior year this fall at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she majors in criminal justice. She plans to apply to law school and aspires to become a criminal defense attorney and, ultimately, a judge. To help achieve her goals, Dawes will be interning this summer for the Honorable Robert P. Coleman of the Court of Common Pleas in Center City Philadelphia.

The first in her family to attend college, Dawes works tirelessly to achieve academic success, grow as a leader and give back to the community.

“This young lady is truly exceptional,” shared Daniel J. McMahon, chairman of Wilson Elser. “Not only does she work two jobs to help pay her college tuition, but she maintains good grades and volunteers on numerous boards and committees, planning events designed to help less-fortunate, underserved communities.”

In the fall of 2012, Dawes was named to the Dean’s List. She is president of the Latino American Student Union, vice president of community service for the Black and Latino Greek Council, and vice president of her school’s chapter of Chi Upsilon Sigma, a national Latin sorority for which she also serves as a regional undergraduate delegate.

The Thomas W. Wilson Sr. Scholarship Program, named for one of the firm’s founders, was established to support the college education of selected individuals who are children of full-time Wilson Elser employees. This is the sixth scholarship the program has awarded since its inception in 2010.

“We are all impressed with Brianna’s accomplishments and her determination to succeed,” added Thomas W. Wilson Sr., Wilson Elser’s chairman emeritus and the scholarship’s namesake. “We wish her well in her college and law school careers and know that she will successfully reach her professional and personal goals.”

One scholarship is awarded each year, providing the recipient with $10,000 per year for up to four years at an accredited college or university or upon graduation, whichever occurs first.

The scholarship is independently awarded through a third party, and applicants are evaluated on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, career and educational goals and objectives, and unusual personal or family circumstances.

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