Stetson Law awards inaugural Edward D. Foreman Scholarship

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Gulfport, Fla. – Sanford, Fla., resident Chantel Wonder can be classified as an academic overachiever. Still, she says it came as a surprise to learn that she had been selected to receive a full scholarship to Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Wonder is the inaugural recipient of the Edward D. Foreman Scholarship, the largest scholarship available to full-time students at Stetson Law. She begins classes this week. The scholarship funds tuition and fees, as well as the cost of books and bar preparation courses.

The new Stetson Law scholarship rewards outstanding academic merit and leadership. Wonder was on Stetson University’s Dean’s List and The National Dean’s List for all four years of her undergraduate career. A member of the National Scholars Honor Society and the Stetson University Honors Program, the philosophy major spent the fall of her junior year studying at the University of Oxford in England. She became a member of the Oxford Law Society and later did a summer internship in a law office.

Wonder, who has traveled extensively, aspires to a career in international diplomacy after completing her studies at Stetson Law. She hopes to return to Oxford to obtain a Master of Laws in human rights after finishing her law degree at Stetson Law in Gulfport.

“I know where my interest is —in human rights,” Wonder says with enthusiasm. She worked on a research project on nonviolent resistance to wars while scouting for a summer job before starting law school in August.

The Foreman scholarship was established by Bonnie Foreman in honor of her late husband, Edward D. Foreman, a criminal defense attorney known for his honesty, generosity and commitment to excellence. Foreman received his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University in DeLand in 1967 and his law degree from Stetson in Gulfport in 1971.

“It is Mrs. Foreman’s hope that the recipient of this scholarship will make it a personal priority to serve people in need and demonstrate the importance of ‘paying it forward’ during one’s lifetime,” said Karen Griffin, director of development at Stetson.