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Scholarship award with a preference to students who can demonstrate an accomplished and diverse career path prior to beginning their legal studies.
Amount:  $2,500 (to be awarded for the Fall 2020 semester)
Eligibility:  Must be 2nd semester 1L, 2L, or 1st semester 3L on first day of class Fall 2020.
Description:  This scholarship is presented in memory of Dr. Chester A. Aikens, a member of the first graduating class of Florida Coastal School of Law. Dr. Aikens successfully practiced dentistry in Duval County for 34 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University in 1973 where he majored in biology and chemistry. He entered dental school in 1973 and received his D.D.S. degree with honors from Howard University in 1977. He was commissioned into the United States Army as captain and spent two years at Fort Benning, Georgia. He later achieved the rank of major in the Florida Army Reserve National Guard. Dr. Aikens was in the first graduating class from the Florida Coastal School of Law and was admitted to the Florida and the District of Columbia Bar Associations. He also earned an MBA from Jacksonville University in 1999. He was a deacon at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Dr. Aikens had a passion for contributing to his community and served on numerous boards and committees. At the time of passing, he was on the Aviation Authority, Gator Bowl Association, Jacksonville Civic Council and the Jacksonville Downtown Revitalization Committee. Dr. Aikens committed time and support to the Metro YMCA and the Ritz Chamber Players as well.
Submission Instructions:  Applicants must submit the online application form by COB April 17, 2020.
Application Evaluations:  The Coastal Law Foundation’s Faculty/Staff Scholarship Committee will evaluate each scholarship application and select the top candidates, in its sole discretion, bound only by the purposes of the scholarship and scholarship criteria. To facilitate the decision making process, the Scholarship Committee may, in its discretion, require a personal interview with any or all scholarship applicants.
Questions:  If you have any questions regarding the scholarship or its administration, please email the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at keubanks@fcsl.edu.  Questions will be referred to the Scholarship Committee for a response. To ensure fairness to all applicants, a copy of your question (without identifying you as the source), together with the Scholarship Committee's written response, may be disseminated to all scholarship applicants.
Thank you for your interest in the Dr. Chester A. Aikens Memorial Scholarship. We look forward to receiving your application.

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