Foundation Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipient

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Public Service Scholarship: Stephanie Higginson of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Foundation of the FBA Public Service Scholarship Award provides $5,000 in financial assistance to the son or daughter of a federal government attorney or judge who is also a member of the Federal Bar Association. Stephanie is the daughter of Hon. Steven A. Higginson, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

A recent graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Stephanie distinguished herself as the 2016 Student of the Year, an AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Scholar, a Trinity Schools Learning Committee Advisor, Secretary of the Feminist Club, and Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team. She is also a member of the All-Academic LHSAA Composite Girls' Soccer Team and the All-Academic Scholar Girls' Tennis Team. Stephanie is a four-time Champion (Soccer), Overall MVP (Soccer), an eight-time State Champion and two-time Regional Champion (Club Soccer).

During her high school career, Stephanie served her community through volunteer work at the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the Tulane Center for Polymer Technologies, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Korean War Veterans Association.

Stephanie will begin her studies later this year at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony as the Collegiate School, the University is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Stephanie explains, "College is about meeting new people from different places and different cultures. It is my hope that I make friends of people from all backgrounds, with dynamic personalities cherishing different beliefs." Stephanie continues, "Most likely, the things I don't get -- every small or big setback may end up more important than the people and passions and responsibilities I do get. But I have no doubt that I will have the opportunity to gain at least one, if not all, of the things I pursue during my college years." 

Funding for the Foundation of the FBA’s Public Scholarship Award comes from a fund named in memory of Earl W. Kintner, who was a distinguished leader of the Federal Bar Association for many years. Kintner’s professional and civic leadership are a model to any aspiring academic. The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; gifts may be tax deductible. For more information about the Foundation of the FBA, please see www.fedbar.org/foundation.

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