Public Interest Auction Raises $30,000
Faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends came together to support Villanova Law’s commitment to public interest at the thirteenth annual Walter Lucas Auction for Public Interest on Friday 19, March 2010 at Villanova University School of Law. The event raised approximately $30,000 which will provide financial support to students and recent graduates working in the public sector.
PIFP will be able to award 13 fellowships to students who have committed to working in unpaid public interest and government positions this summer, the largest number of summer fellowships the program has been able to support. Since 1998, PIFP has held an annual auction to raise funds to provide fellowships for Villanova Law students who pursue unpaid public interest positions over the summer. Many students are committed to helping the less fortunate through pro bono legal work, but face the difficult financial challenge of accepting a position without pay. The Public Interest Fellowship Program provides students $4500 fellowships for their unpaid pro bono work.
In addition to 13 summer fellowships, PIFP will be funding a 2010 Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Award for a recent VLS graduate working in a public interest or government position. LRAP Award recipients receive funding totaling $12,000 over three years to assist with loan repayment. Applications will be available during the fall 2010 semester. All 2010 graduates are encouraged to apply.
For more information on the PIFP Program and the 2010 Loan Repayment Assistance Program, please contact email@example.com.