Roosevelt Robinson Scholarship
June 14, 2004
In a few short months, friends and colleagues of retired Multnomah County Circuit Judge Roosevelt Robinson raised nearly $60,000 for a scholarship fund in his honor at Lewis & Clark Law School. The first recipient of the scholarship is Rahna Epting, a second-year law student from Chico, California. She did her undergraduate work in environmental policy analysis and planning at the University of California at Davis.
The Roosevelt Robinson Minority Scholarship Fund at the law school assists minority law students who have experienced similar circumstances as Robinson; remembering his youth, he says he was “academically sound, but economically depressed.” Scholarship recipients also commit to live and practice law in Oregon for at least three years following graduation.
Funds raised for the scholarship come from a broad base of donors, including the Portland Trailblazers and many judges in Multnomah County. To date more than 140 individuals, law firms, judges, and legal associations have contributed to the scholarship.