Members of the James E. Rogers College of Law Class of 2009 have "paid it forward" by raising $36,249 to support scholarships for future students while also honoring a woman who changed each of their lives.
Graduating students decided to contribute the 2009 class gift entirely to the Terry Sue Holpert Scholarship Fund. That fund will be renamed the Terry Holpert/Class of 2009 Scholarship, in honor of the assistant dean for admissions who retired last year after 25 years of helping prospective students through the law school admissions process.
The gift was announced at the Arizona Law Convocation on May 16.
"The admissions office, led by Dean Holpert, was for most of us our very first exposure to the college. She helped us approach the important question of how to pick a law school that best suited our needs, and she was very caring throughout the process," said Emily Kane, a 2009 Class Gift Committee member. It's fitting that one of the last classes she admitted would honor her in this way."
About 60 percent of the 150 students in the class donated to the fund in a year in which the economic and employment outlook is uncertain. Members of professor Barbara Atwood's small section, a group of students who shared first-year classes, made class gift history with a participation rate of 100 percent.
Arizona Law's class gift program is considered one of the strongest in the country, particularly among public schools. Third-year law students vote each year on how to direct their donations. Class gifts have previously been allocated to increasing library resources, student research and travel, building the Law Commons and supporting faculty research.