Board of Governors and Class of 2018 Support Universal Access Scholarship Fund

Posted Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:47

Board of Governors and the Class of 2018 recently gave significant gifts to the Universal Access Scholarship Fund, which provides much needed financial support for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students at USF School of Law.

The fund will provide scholarships for second- and third-year USF law students with financial need. A preference will be given to students who meet federally defined DACA criteria, other domestic students that are ineligible for federal student aid, or minority students.

Several past and present Board of Governors members gave a gift in honor of Dean John Trasviña and his service to the law school for the past five years.

Christopher A. Viadro ’92, partner at Butler Viadro, LLP and president of the Board of Governors, explained that with this gift, the Board of Governors recognizes and supports Trasviña’s passion for protecting the rights of all members of the law school community and especially those who struggle the most to afford law school.

“John has spent his career fighting for the rights of marginalized and low-income individuals. He has been especially driven to help young immigrants find a path to citizenship and full participation in our society,” said Viadro. “It was wonderful to see the Board of Governors step up in such a meaningful way. I’m not surprised given our fantastic alums and their belief in the school.”

The Class of 2018 Graduation Committee was inspired to support the Universal Access Fund for its class gift because it aligns not only with the diverse nature of the school, but also the commitment of so many graduating students to give back.

“We felt that this fund was a great way to show our support to both our classmates and the public interest work that they have accomplished,” said McKinley Reynolds 3L, co-chair of the Class of 2018 Graduation Committee. “We hope that this class gift will be felt by the students here at the law school as an inspiration to support their beliefs in themselves and each other. The current political environment is divided for many reasons at this time, but that should not detract us from lending a helping hand.”

Gifts to the Universal Access Scholarship Fund may be made online by designating the fund in the “Other Gift” field.