Inspiring Law Student Gets Boost for Her Dream of a Career in Public Service

Prestigious $40,000 scholarship will help Amanda Insalaco achieve that dream

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Amanda Insalco receives the 2016 Marovitz Scholarship from Andy Marovitz

From a young age, Amanda Insalaco has aspired to a career in public service. As the first in her family to attend college, she graduated with honors and determined she wanted to pursue that dream as a public service lawyer. Tonight, she is one big step closer to realizing that dream after she received the 2016 Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.

The CBF Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to an incoming first-year law student attending one of the nine Illinois law schools. The Scholarship was made possible through the generous financial contribution of the late Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz. Throughout his distinguished life and career, Judge Marovitz was a firm believer that financial need should not be a bar to dedicated young students who want to pursue careers in public service. For nearly a century, Judge Marovitz consistently demonstrated his commitment to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through a variety of charitable activities. Prior to his death in 2001, Judge Marovitz ensured that this legacy would continue by establishing funding for a number of charitable initiatives, including the CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship.

The CBF’s scholarship award to Amanda Insalaco, a first-year law student at DePaul University College of Law, includes $40,000 in financial assistance payable over her law school career, which will help ease the financial burden of law school and enable her to pursue a career in public service.

Amanda Insalco with Andy Marovitz and Shaye Loughlin

Amanda is a great choice and she will be a real credit to the Marovitz Scholarship and the CBF, said Andrew Marovitz, Chair of the CBF Marovitz Scholarship Selection Committee. The Selection Committee was impressed by all of her public service work and her academic achievements. Her strong commitment to dedicate her legal career to making our justice system work better for everyone made her stand out from a competitive and talented pool of applicants. We look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes in her legal career.

Upon receiving the Scholarship, Amanda Insalaco said, The Marovitz Scholarship will enable me to better focus on law school without the distraction and stress that often accompany years of financial hardship due to student loans. I am confident that I’m now much better positioned to pursue a legal aid career in Chicago to help the most vulnerable people in our community.