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2020-2021 Scholarship Winner: Madeleine Lawler

Reaction Statement: Thank you for your incredible generosity and scholarship offer. Throughout high school, the diverse community service I was involved in helped shape me into the person I am today.

What started as volunteering a few times a month blossomed into a love for coordinating various leadership networks, organizations, and working to actively understand the diverse sides of my community. Community service has inspired my language studies, personal habits, and my future career path.

As a law firm, thank you for continuing to promote and support community service. In such a digital age, it’s hard to remain connected to local endeavors…but I believe community service is essential to shaping citizens prepared for today’s challenges. This recognition means a lot to me, and I hope it inspires other high schoolers to get involved.


The R.F. Wittmeyer Community Service Scholarship has become increasingly competitive since its introduction three years ago, and we received hundreds of applications from qualified students across the United States. Selecting a winner was not easy, but Madeleine’s dedication to her academics & community embodies everything we look for in our scholarship winners.

Madeleine grew up in the Chicagoland area and considers herself an outgoing and adventurous student, participating in a variety of extracurriculars in her community such as volunteer leadership, environmentalism, theatre, basketball, working with nonprofits, and helping out with the newspaper. She is currently a freshman enrolled in the University of Southern California’s “World Bachelor in Business” program, where she has the opportunity to study at three different institutions in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Milan, moving each year and receiving a degree from each school. She is an avid hiker, environmentalist, outdoor enthusiast, and views business as a pathway towards creating a more sustainable world. She hopes to enter the environmental business sector and is currently consulting for a non-profit at USC to explore the field.

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