Increasing Access: Richard Shephard L’15
BOLD AMBITIONS has opened the doors to Penn Law wider than ever. We have dramatically strengthened our ability to offer the finest legal education to students who live up to our academic standards, regardless of means.
I am very thankful for the assistance given to me through scholarship support here at Penn Law. Because I receive financial aid, I am able to pursue a career in education law in an attempt to help close the achievement gap that exists between low income students and their affluent peers. For the past four years, I have worked in Camden, New Jersey as a high school special education teacher and saw first hand the grave inequality that exists among our nation’s students. This experience was a wonderfully rewarding period of my life and as a result education reform has become my passion. I grew up in a low income neighborhood where most young people were not expected to graduate from high school, much less college. I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college and want to help others who may have seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their way. Every child should receive a quality education that prepares them for the rigors of college. My goal is to continue tackling these issues and thanks to Penn Law and all of you I will be able to fight for education reform.
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