2015 – Julie Holdener
Julie Holdener, the 2015 CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Scholarship recipient, is the epitome of someone who has devoted her life to public service and social justice. As a senior at Quincy University, she served as Mission Trip Coordinator (a position typically reserved for graduate students). In this role, Julie organized and implemented ten mission trips throughout the United States, participating in the majority of them. Julie also helped families in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, volunteered in Moore, Oklahoma after tornados devastated that community, restored flood damaged homes in Long Island, New York after Hurricane Sandy, volunteered on an Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and worked on the largest urban farm in Milwaukee to provide affordable organic produce to lower income families. Her list of extracurricular activities and achievements are too many to list, but suffice it to say that Julie’s passion for helping others and firm resolution to use her talents toward the greater good is awe inspiring. In her words, her best energy surfaces when working with others to facilitate growth, development, and compassion in society. As additional testament to her character and academic excellence, Julie was honored as a Lincoln Laureate Scholar by former Governor Pat Quinn at graduation, the highest honor a Quincy University student can achieve.
Julie possesses the traits of an ideal public interest attorney—dedication, determination, unparalleled work ethic, and a brilliant intellect—so it is no surprise that her journey has led her to law school. Throughout college, she prepared herself for a career in public interest law. She interned at the local Public Defender’s Office, assisting with two first degree murder trials and a complex home invasion case. Julie also excelled at her university’s Mock Trial Team, leading them to sectionals as team co-captain her senior year and earning a total of five Outstanding Attorney Awards.
In the fall of 2015, Julie entered the University of Illinois College of Law, where she remains committed to serving underrepresented men, women, and children. Julie has proven to be a passionate advocate, and a law degree will allow her to make an even larger impact on the lives of people in our community. The Marovitz Scholarship will enable her to focus on that path while easing the burden of law school debt. “I feel honored to be welcomed into the Chicago public interest community. The Marovitz Scholarship makes my dream of practicing public interest law far more attainable. I am grateful for the financial assistance and also for the time, insight, and opportunities from established members of the public interest world. I have even more motivation to work in this field and pay it forward!”