Blume Named Public Service Scholarship Recipient

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Michelle Blume, Stetson's Public Service Scholarship Recipient.

Michelle Blume, Stetson's Public Service Scholarship Recipient. Photo by Derik Gutowski. Click for high-resolution image.

Stetson University College of Law student Michelle Blume has been selected as next year’s Public Service Scholarship recipient. Blume, selected from a pool of more than two dozen applicants for her dedication to public service, will receive a full-tuition scholarship to Stetson Law for her final year.

Stetson’s Public Service Scholarship encourages students to work full-time in the public service field for at least three years following graduation. A part-time student, Blume is ranked 10th in her class, serves as a Public Service Fellow, and helped found the Innocence Project Student Group at Stetson. She also works as the pastor of an urban church in Tampa, and at the same time holds down jobs at a pharmaceutical consulting group and working as a faculty research assistant.

At Stetson, Blume has volunteered at the Attorney General’s Office in the Children’s Legal Services Bureau, served in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and as a Guardian ad Litem, and clerked for Judge Tracy Sheehan of Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit. Blume started a food-pantry ministry and has led various youth mentoring programs; she also regularly visits the the sick and needy and leads worship-services at her church.

While at Duke Divinity School, Blume was awarded the Upcoming Leader Scholarship and co-founded the Young Adult Seminarians Network. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the Honors Program Scholarship and Bright Futures Scholarship. She has also received the Roger P. Fairs Award for leadership from the United Methodist Church.