Whittier Student Wins OC Hispanic Bar Scholarship

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At a glittering gala last Saturday night, Patty Santamaria, a second-year student at Whittier Law School, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. Up to five Wally Davis Memorial Scholarships are given each year, and Patty was selected from dozens of other law students.

Patty was chosen on the basis of her academics and personal statement stating that she wants to become a lawyer to effect social change. “Growing up in a single parent household, I could see that the legal system was very complex, especially for those who don’t speak English as a first language,” she said. “I want to help bridge the gap by providing resources to the Latino community that they don’t currently have.” While Latinos constitute almost 50% of California’s population, less than 4% of California’s attorneys are Latino.

Patty was formally recognized at the OCHBA Installation Dinner on March 7th at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove.

Patty Santamaria, in blue on the right, celebrates with a group of Whittier Law School Students at the  gala where her scholarship was announced.
Patty Santamaria, in blue on the right, celebrates with a group of Whittier Law School Students at the gala where her scholarship was announced.

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