A law school scholarship or fellowship can be career-changing—even life-changing for a student. And making a gift that enables a budding lawyer to pursue his or her dreams is a rewarding investment.
On March 28, to celebrate transformative scholarships and fellowships funded by NYLS alumni and friends, the School hosted a special reception.
NYLS Board Chair Arthur N. Abbey ’59, a generous benefactor of the School, and Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell, gave introductory remarks. Dean Crowell noted, “One of things I love most about our scholarship donors is the idea that you are paying it forward. Many of you received scholarships yourselves during your time as students and saw how they benefited you and your fellow classmates.”
Students and donors alike then shared their heartfelt reflections on the value of scholarship and fellowship gifts.
At the conclusion of the evening, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Marcey L. Grigsby ’06 summed up the feeling in the room: “Each gift, and each scholarship and fellowship you have created, has a story,” she said. “It is a reflection of your own success and gratitude, or it’s the story of a mentor, a loved one, a friend, a professor, or a classmate. The stories we share remind us that we are all part of the NYLS community.”
The stories below demonstrate the impact of one scholarship on both the donor and the scholar.
Peter R. Schwartz ’84, Donor
“NYLS introduced me to real estate and real property law. It ended up being a great career for me, and I’ve been able to work on incredible projects, including spending 16 years on the World Trade Center retail complex. I attribute my start to the terrific training and experience I received at NYLS. I was fortunate to attend law school, and now I’m proud to support today’s NYLS students.
“My wife and I created the Roberta and Peter R. Schwartz ’84 Real Estate Scholarship because this profession has created many opportunities for me and my family. A legal career is a big commitment and hard work. But if you find something that you truly enjoy and have a passion for, which is what I found in working on real estate transactions, it’s wonderful. There’s a tremendous sense of accomplishment in seeing a physical project come to life and in helping clients achieve their goals. I want NYLS students to have that same experience.”
Schwartz is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at LFG Real Estate Manager LLC and former U.S. General Counsel at Westfield Corporation.
Na’Asia Cobb 4L Evening, Scholar
“My background is in real estate, and my goal is to practice real estate law in-house at a corporation. Right now, I’m a senior paralegal. Having a law degree will help me get to the next step in my career. I knew from my research that NYLS had a great reputation for my field. That was very important to me when choosing a law school.
“When I found out I got the scholarship, I was ecstatic. Law school is demanding, and having that support gave me one less thing to worry about. A scholarship can help you get to where you want to go. It’s definitely helping me get there.
“It’s very meaningful to me that someone who graduated from the same school I’m attending and has ‘made it’ is now reaching back to give me a helping hand and to play a role in my success. It’s so valuable.”
Cobb is a member of NYLS’s Black Law Students Association and an affiliate of NYLS’s Center for Real Estate Studies.