In the final year of Seton Hall Law Rising, the highest remaining priority is scholarships for deserving students, giving them the opportunity to fulfill their dream of attending Seton Hall Law School. The Campaign launched with an ambitious goal of creating 40 new scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of many alumni and friends, 34 new scholarships have been established to date.
This worthwhile cause is close to the hearts of many alumni, including Peter N. Larson ’74 and his wife, Lee (pictured, below), for whom scholarships recognize the potential for achievement and leadership. “Scholarships offer one of the strongest returns on investment. The first recipient of the initial scholarship we created has more than fulfilled our expectations; she is going on to even greater accomplishments,” explained Larson. Thus, it was fitting that the Larsons recently decided to endow a second scholarship as part of the Seton Hall Law Rising Campaign.
You’ll recall that in early 2009 the Larson family generously created the Professor Charles A. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship. This time, the Larson Family Foundation is honoring Kathleen M. Boozang by establishing an endowed scholarship in her name. Professor Boozang, who joined the Seton Hall Law faculty in 1990 and served as a member of the Law School’s senior management team for nearly a decade, was appointed the Interim Vice Provost for Seton Hall University for 2010-11. When asked about the qualities Professors Sullivan and Boozang share, Larson noted, “In Charlie and Kathleen there is the rare combination of both intellectual and strategic leadership, from which Seton Hall Law School has benefited tremendously. The Larson Family Foundation admires these dual qualities and believes it is important to recognize the importance of both.”
Larson experienced Professor Boozang’s leadership first-hand when they co-chaired the Law School’s Board of Visitors’ Strategic Planning Committee several years ago. “Kathleen was instrumental in driving the process to increase the Law School’s reputation for academic excellence and generate scholarship support.”
Through his support of student scholarships, Larson hopes to foster that same intellectual and strategic leadership in the next generation. “Of all the contributions the Larson Family Foundation has made to date, the one we feel most strongly about are the scholarships we’ve created that bring high-quality students to the Law School. They strengthen the internal dialogue occurring inside and outside of the classroom. These students, in turn, will become alumni leaders who will make a tremendous impact on the future of the Law School, the legal and business worlds and their communities.”
Thanks to the support of the Larson family and other scholarship supporters, Seton Hall Law has seen a measurable enhancement of the academic environment. Larson appreciates the ever-increasing quality and broad range of talents and life experience that students coming to Seton Hall Law bring to the classroom and community. When asked what advice he would give to new alumni who share the aspirations he had when he first graduated from Seton Hall Law, Larson offers the following thoughts: “Participate and learn so as to develop leadership skills. Alumni activities provide an excellent platform to do just that.”
As the Campaign draws to a close, more scholarships are needed. Every gift matters. Make yours today. For more information about supporting Seton Hall Law’s best and brightest, please contact Assistant Dean Vicki Fleischer at Vicki.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-642-8512.