The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) announced the 2011 Thomson Reuters Scholarship winners at their annual convention, held recently in Minneapolis.

Mary K. Hanson from Sacramento, CA, who is a paralegal student at Heald College, received highest honors and the $3000 scholarship.  Her scholarship described her path to the paralegal program from the foreclosure of her house due to a mortgage scam and her determination to legally fight.

Austin Brian Preendergast from Middletown, RI, who is attending Roger Williams University, received the second place $2000 scholarship. His essay described his exit from the banking industry in the downturn, leading him to follow his dream of working in the legal profession and pursuing his paralegal education.

The applicants were judged by representatives of NFPA Advisory Board based on their academic records, extra-curricular activities and recommendations from professors and/or work supervisors, and their personal essay in which they revealed how their paralegal education will provide them with an advantage in securing employment in the legal profession.

Scott Freedman of Thomson Reuters (center) presented Mary and Austin with their scholarships.

Congratulations to Mary and Austin!

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