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First-year student Phylicia Pearson received Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers scholarship


The Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers awarded Stetson University College of Law first-year student Phylicia Pearson a scholarship during their May 8 luncheon at the University Club of Tampa. Pearson was one of five students selected from the Tampa Bay area for the scholarship.

Phylicia Pearson received the HAWL scholarship on May 8.

Student Phylicia Pearson received the HAWL scholarship on May 8. Photo by Laura Zuppo.

She explained that she is passionate about social justice and encouraging other women to achieve their goals.

“My commitment to social justice is the reason that I want to be a lawyer,” Pearson explained. “Social justice teaches that every person should be valued, nurtured and informed. Women in this country fought for years to be appreciated as valued members of society with voting rights and property rights. Even today, women are earning 77 percent of what their male counterparts are garnering. Therefore, women’s rights are intertwined with the concept of informing and nurturing people. To battle these ongoing issues, society must be informed of the oppression women are still facing and women must be empowered to stand up for themselves.”

Visit HAWL for more information about the scholarship program.