2019 Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest Recipient: Zoraima Pelaez

Zoraima Pelaez is the proud child of Mexican and Colombian immigrants and first generation college graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a BA in Humanities and a concentration in public policy, communication, and women’s and gender studies.

As an undergraduate, she was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her commitment to public service in the realm of reproductive rights.

Zoraima has worked on statewide electoral campaigns, for the ACLU’s National Prison Project and, most recently, for the Texas Freedom Network, where she managed community advocacy and grassroots lobbying efforts at the Texas Legislature and State Board of Education.

Zoraima will begin law school this fall at The University of Texas School of Law, where she plans to pursue a career in civil rights law.

Zoraima Pelaez
J.D. Candidate Class of 2022
The University of Texas School of Law


2019 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Nathan Waldron

We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2019 First Step Scholarship, Nathan Waldron.

Nathan Waldron is a home school graduate from San Angelo, Texas.

He was actively involved in 4-H and Boy Scouts and completed his Eagle Scout rank in 2018.

Nathan is attending Texas A&M University in the fall of 2019 and majoring in electrical engineering.


2019 Law School Scholarship Contest Recipient: Roke Iko

We’re happy to announce the recipient of the inaugural Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship, Roke Iko.

Roke Iko is a rising 2L at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC. She is originally from Houston, Texas and attended Washington University in St. Louis where she studied anthropology and writing.  

After graduation, Roke moved to Washington, DC where she worked in the health policy and research sphere for a few years before attending law school at Georgetown Law. 

As a student at Georgetown, she is active in the Black Law Students Association, Women of Color Collective, and RISE.

This upcoming year, Roke will be on the editorial board of the Georgetown Journal for International Law, serve as an Academic Teaching Fellow in RISE, serve as a research assistant, and complete an internship at the U.S. Department of State.


2018 Law School Scholarship Contest Recipient: Marcus Martinez

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the inaugural Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship, Marcus Martinez.

Marcus is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Texas Law School where serves as Editor in Chief at the Texas Hispanic Journal and Alumni Chair of the Chicano Hispanic Law Student Association.

Marcus is a deserving recipient of this award and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes as he moves forward with his legal career


2018 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Maya Thomas

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2018 First Step Scholarship, Maya Thomas.

Maya is a 2017 graduate of Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. She was recently accepted at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico. She’ll be starting her undergraduate education there in the Fall of 2018.

Maya is a deserving recipient of this award and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she moves forward with her college education.


2017 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Kaitlyn McKinney

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2017 Sutliff & Stout First Step Scholarship Contest, Kaitlyn McKinney.

Kaitlyn is a student athlete at Sierra College in Rocklin California. She’s involved in a variety of activities and organizations on campus including being a standout for the Sierra College Wolverines Women’s Basketball Team. Kaitlyn has also worked as a community service officer for the Roseville Police Department.

Kaitlyn is a deserving recipient of this scholarship award and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she moves forward with her college education.


2016 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Ana Villagran

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2016 s+s Scholarship, Ana Villagran.

Ana is a sophomore at Baylor University studying International development and community health. She’s involved in several organizations on campus, including END7, an international organization that seeks to eradicate neglected tropical diseases by the year 2020.

Ana is a deserving recipient of this award and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she moves forward with her college education.