NORMAN — Oklahoma-based Crowe & Dunlevy law firm has selected two first-year University of Oklahoma College of Law students as the recipients of its 2013 minority scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each.
Chinyere “Kimberly” Ikegbunam and Lauren Mitcham recently accepted the scholarships at an OU Law awards ceremony. The Minority Scholar Program at Crowe & Dunlevy provides assistance for minority students who qualify based on academic achievement, financial need and commitment to the law.
“We value honoring and rewarding students who go above and beyond, because these students are the future leaders of the legal profession,” said William Hoch, a director in Crowe & Dunlevy’s Oklahoma City office and member of the firm’s diversity committee. “Crowe & Dunlevy recognizes the importance of integrating diversity in our profession, and we are proud to support students through our Minority Scholar Program at OU Law.”
Ikegbunam is active in a variety of student groups at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, including the Student Bar Association, Law Students for Africa, Black Law Students Association, Organization for the Advancement of Women Lawyers and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She participated in women’s track and field at the University of Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in government.
Mitcham is also active in multiple community and student groups, including the Energy Resource Law Association, Victim Protection Order, Sports and Entertainment Law Club where she serves as the Pre-law Coordinator, the Black Law Society Association and the Organization for the Advancement of Women in Law. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in management and a minor in African-American studies from the University of Oklahoma.
The Minority Scholar Program scholarships may be renewed for a recipient in each of the two remaining years of law school, based on satisfactory progress and performance. Crowe & Dunlevy plans to award scholarships each year, resulting in multiple recipients simultaneously receiving assistance from the program.