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Two Students Receive California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarships

October 08, 2013

The California Bar Foundation recognized two USF law students, Crystal Araujo 1L and Benjamin Kahriman 1L, as recipients of the 2013 Diversity Scholarship Awards on September 26.

Benjamin Kahriman 1L and Crystal Araujo 1L.

With a focus on promoting diversity and better reflecting the population of California’s next generation, the Diversity Scholarships financially support first-year law students who have encountered a wide and unique array of life experiences. The foundation’s recognition of Araujo and Kahriman honors and acknowledges them for their dedication, courage, and strength to learn from their life experiences and apply them in the legal profession to serve the communities they are a part of.

Intending to focus on human and civil rights law, Kahriman’s motivation to enter the legal field stems from his experiences as a Balkan war refugee. After witnessing the atrocities of the war and inspired by his family’s efforts to fight injustice, Kahriman is humbled by the effects the legal profession has on society.

“As grateful as I am for the scholarship,” Benjamin says, “what truly motivates me are the issues and cases I have worked on, that at times may have seemed trivial, but in retrospect have allowed me to understand how we can seemingly do so little for someone, yet help them so much.”

With the goal of perusing a career in either immigration or public interest law, Araujo is the single mother of her seven-year-old daughter, Sophia, whom she raised while earning her bachelor’s degree

“As a single mother and first generation law student, I am honored to have been awarded the Diversity Scholarship from the California Bar Foundation because this financial support will allow me to concentrate on my legal education at USF,” she said.