In March, Brooklyn Law School hosted its 31st annual Endowed Scholars Celebration. The event, which took place in the Forchelli Conference Center, offered a special opportunity for students to personally express their gratitude to their benefactors. Likewise, donors were gratified to see how their scholarships directly impact students. Nearly 200 students, alumni, and friends attended the event.
Scholarship recipients Matthew Kremer ’12 and Hannah Roth ’12 spoke about their experiences at BLS and the ways in which their scholarships have been meaningful to them. Speaking on behalf of all of the scholarship recipients, Hannah Roth said, “Thank you to all of the supporters for doing more than just believing in our choices, whatever our choices may be, but also helping us make them possible.”
Cheryl Metrick, widow of Richard Metrick ’68, spoke on behalf of her late husband and the Metrick Family. The Metrick Family Scholarship was established by Harry Metrick ’31 and his sons, Neil ’98 and Richard, to assist an upper-class evening student who has family obligations. She spoke about the importance of scholarship assistance and the significance of giving back to benefit current and future students. She emphasized the concept of “paying it forward” and said that donors don’t give the gift of a scholarship award, but rather “lend it to each student” until he or she is able to pay it back by lending a gift to others.
Howard Stein ’67, with his wife, Bernice, established the Benjamin and Gladys Stein Scholarship in memory of his parents, as well as the Harry and Mary Symel Scholarship in memory of Bernice’s parents. The Stein Family is committed to mentoring future generations of legal professionals, and the recipients of the Benjamin and Gladys Stein Scholarship meet with one of the Stein’s daughters, Haley Stein, Esq. or Ilene Stein, Esq. ’08, each year. Mr. Stein spoke on behalf of both families, reflecting on their shared belief that education is the best path to a fulfilling life and helping others.
President Wexler also expressed gratitude for seven new scholarships that were created this year and will be awarded to deserving students for the 2012-2013 academic year: The Gertrude and Louis Feil Fund (four scholarships), The Michael Romanoff Scholarship, The Rosenberg Family Scholarship, and The Humphreys Family Scholarship.
View photos and video of the event.