In the Press
February 13, 2023

Goodwin and Meta Launch HBCU Scholarship for Second Consecutive Year


Goodwin and Meta's HBCU Scholarship Program for the 2023-2024 law school academic year is open for applications. Now in its second year, the collaboration provides $15,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from historically excluded groups who are currently attending HBCUs and have been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school for fall 2023.

“It is no secret that Black lawyers are woefully underrepresented in large law firms, across all practice groups. As a Morehouse College graduate, I am proud that Goodwin is offering this scholarship for a second year.” said Goodwin partner and CRED@Goodwin Co-Chair Calvin Wingfield. “The firm’s focus on HBCU graduates recognizes the role that HBCUs play in feeding the pipeline of talented Black students into law schools. This scholarship is an effort to serve the community and the legal profession beyond the firm’s walls by strengthening that pipeline.”

Awardees will have the opportunity to interact with Goodwin lawyers and Meta counsels over the course of the year, as well as learn more about both organizations and their legal practices. Each awardee will also be paired with a Goodwin lawyer to forge a mentorship with during their 1L year. Upon completion of their 1L year at law school, the scholarship recipients will be considered for positions in Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowship program.

Application guidelines and forms are available online; the application deadline is April 21, 2023.

“Meta is deeply committed to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” said Shayne O’Reilly, Head of Licensing and Open Source at Meta. “As a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, I am elated to support this partnership between Meta and Goodwin to target HBCU graduates to increase the pipeline of Black legal talent in the technology and IP sectors. We look forward to a long, effective partnership.”

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