Scholarship Fund Board

The Scholarship Fund board is the charitable arm of BWLA. It is a c3 organization whose by-laws require a majority of the board to be comprised of the BWLA Board of Directors.

Jasmine Fannell
Chair

Assistant Vice President
Labor & Employment Counsel, HSBC

Joan Akalaonu

GAL
State of IL

Elsa Andrianifahanana

Associate
Jones Day

Amber Carpenter

Senior Legal
Ferrara Candy Company

Djenne Clayton

General Counsel
Barilla America Inc.

Christian Conway

Corporate Restructuring Associate
Clark Hill PLC

Nakhia C. Crossley

Senior Manager, Public Policy
Sunrun

Era Laudermilk

Chief of Staff
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Mariska Richards

General Counsel
Hunter Point Capital

Mariangela (Merili) Seale

Deputy General Counsel & Managing Director
Cleveland Avenue

Ashley Varnado

Assistant Public Defender
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Weeya Young

Assistant Attorney General
Illinois Attorney General's Office

Scholarship Opportunities

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Fund (BWLA-SF) endeavors to encourage Black students in the law through support in the legal education and to promote diversity in the legal profession.

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Donate to the Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund Donation Form

Complete the form below to make an online donation to our Scholarship Fund.

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Grant Opportunities

Listings will be posted soon.