Since the program’s inception at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2005, the Crowe & Dunlevy Diversity Scholars Program has assisted 22 law students with financial assistance of more than $240,000. The program commenced at the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2012 and was reinstituted at Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2019.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, need and commitment to the law. Scholarships may be renewed for a recipient in each of the two remaining years of law school, based on satisfactory progress and performance.
Beginning in 2021, the firm’s Diversity Scholars Program will offer a new externship opportunity to first year law student scholarship recipients.
Scholarship interviews take place during the spring semester of the 1L academic year, and scholarship recipients are announced shortly after the completion of those interviews. Each Crowe & Dunlevy Diversity Scholar scholarship recipient will qualify to participate as an extern in our Oklahoma City or Tulsa office during the fall semester of the student’s 2L academic year. The externship is designed to provide Crowe & Dunlevy Diversity Scholars practical experience, mentorship and academic credit. Externship offers are subject to approval by the firm’s Executive Committee.
The externship is a partnership with the existing externship programs at Oklahoma City University School of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law and the University of Tulsa College of Law and is subject to each institution’s requirements. Please visit the respective university’s website for information on program requirements.
For questions regarding the Crowe & Dunlevy Diversity Scholars Program externship, please contact Christopher Staine.
A second-year law student from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Laura Martinez ranks in the top 20 percent of her class and placed third in the 2019 Whitten Burrage Negotiation Competition. She was also awarded the Frank Elkouri and Edna Asper Elkouri Professorship of Law scholarship. Laura graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in business administration and International and Area Studies.
Brandon Keaton is in his fourth semester of law school at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He ranks in the top 19 percent of his law school class and serves as the social chair for the Black Law Student Association. Prior to law school, he graduated from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith with a degree in business administration.
Christopher Punto attends the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he is in his second year of legal study. He earned his undergraduate degree in Health and Sports Science from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.
Maria Escobar is a second-year law student at Oklahoma City University School of Law where she is a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association and listed on the Dean's Honor Roll. Escobar graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science.