Hugh Culverhouse Jr.

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The University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law has announced a new scholarship program for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) seeking to enter the legal profession. The program will award full-tuition scholarships to at least five HBCU graduates enrolling at UF Law every year.

UF Law launches this endowed scholarship with gifts totaling more than $1.1 million, including a lead gift from UF Law graduate Yolanda Cash (JD '90) and $1 million from Sarasota developer, philanthropist and  longtime UF Law supporter Hugh Culverhouse Jr. (JD '74).  Culverhouse was moved to make the gift after the recent passing of civil rights icon John Lewis. The gift allows the program to immediately offer multiple scholarships for HBCU graduates seeking to matriculate at UF Law in August 2021. Scholarship recipients will be recognized as John Lewis Scholars and will enjoy exclusive engagement opportunities with UF Law’s Black alumni network throughout the nation. The law school will begin a year-long campaign to match the Culverhouse gift and grow the fund to at least $2 million before 2022.