Following up on Tuesday's post, Deans Double As Donors: FIU News, Law Dean Creates Scholarship For First-Generation Students:
Antony Page, dean of the FIU College of Law, recently made a $200,000 planned gift to the university to establish a scholarship for law students who are among the first generation in their families to attend college.
“I was drawn to FIU because of its mission as a public school. It is a transformational place. The FIU College of Law is majority first-generation, majority-minority, and we’re a law school that successfully delivers an outstanding legal education,” Page said of his motivation to give.
Howard Lipman, CEO of the FIU Foundation, said Page’s gift “symbolizes his commitment to FIU and its students, both in and out of the classroom. “Dean Page is helping our dedicated first-generation students pursue their dreams, continue to break the cycle and attain graduate-level degrees,” Lipman said.
Page understands the positive impact scholarships can have on students’ success: During his own studies at Stanford Law School, he received a scholarship that he said helped propel his career in law.
Page hopes that this scholarship, like the one he received as a student, will help students who want to pursue law realize their dreams and their potential, no matter their circumstances; and he hopes to inspire others to donate to FIU, as well.
“Our students are very worthy recipients. They show a lot of resilience, grit and grace under pressure,” Page said. “Many face very challenging environments. The fact that they are able to succeed given all of the challenges they face is incredible, impressive and inspirational. I hope that other people see that, too.”