FWPA Scholarship Committee Chair, Donna Patterson (left), presents Macey Hillrichs (middle) with the Susan Dean Scholastic Achievement Scholarship alongside FWPA Second Vice President/Membership, Trisha Klement (right) at the July General Monthly Meeting.
August 1, 2018, Fort Worth, TX – Macey Hillrichs, a file clerk at Parker, LLP Attorneys at Law and paralegal student, is the 2018 recipient of the Susan Dean Scholastic Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship, awarded by the Fort Worth Paralegal Association (FWPA) at their July General Membership Meeting, will assist Hillrichs financially as she completes her paralegal studies in the upcoming school year.
Founded in 1982, the FWPA is dedicated to the professional development and advancement of paralegals to better serve the legal industry and public. The FWPA provides resources to promote the professional objectives and goals of paralegals in Tarrant County through continuing legal education, community service, an online job bank, scholarships for paralegals, and much more.
“Receiving this scholarship is a blessing,” said Hillrichs. “I am grateful that I was encouraged to join FWPA as a student member by my colleagues.”
Two FWPA scholarships are awarded every July, the Susan Dean Scholastic Scholarship and the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Scholarship, to deserving students pursuing the paralegal profession. The Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Scholarship was awarded to Jannet Alarcon, while the Susan Dean Scholastic Scholarship was recently formed in honor of Susan Dean, a founding member of the FWPA, who passed away earlier this year. Her dedication to the paralegal profession will be remembered through this scholarship that will assist in aspiring paralegals, such as Hillrichs and Alarcon, to complete their program.
To be considered for the scholarships, individuals must be an FWPA member, enrolled in at least two paralegal courses, and maintain a minimum B average. The application includes a one-page essay describing a vision of the applicant as the ideal legal assistant or paralegal. In her essay, Hillrichs said she thinks teamwork and time management are key components of her vision as an ideal paralegal, noting that time management has the power to “separate you from being mediocre to being excellent.”
For more information on the FWPA, scholarship opportunities, and becoming a paralegal or legal assistant, please visit www.fwpa.org.