NOVEMBER 18, 2011—Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi partner Elliot Kaplan (’61) believes that "The loss of public funding calls for all of us to step forward to do all we can to ensure that students can afford the excellent legal education provided by the University of Minnesota Law School." Recently he and his wife, Eloise, took that step forward by establishing an endowed scholarship fund, the Elliot and Eloise Kaplan Scholarship Fund.
This is the second scholarship fund the Kaplans have established at the Law School. The first was created in 2001 with a preference to support students of color. Their new fund will provide significant financial support for students who demonstrate strong academic potential and a commitment to service. The new fund qualifies for the President’s Scholarship Match program, ensuring that the University will provide an annual 1:1 match on the income of the fund.
Currently serving as co-chair of the Law School’s fundraising campaign, GENERATIONS, Kaplan also chaired the last campaign in 2000, which raised more than $50 million to support construction of a new building wing and various faculty and student priorities at the time.
"Eloise and I have always been committed to giving back to the community and the institutions that have positively impacted our lives," Kaplan says. "The Law School has charted an exciting new course for its future, and we are thrilled to be able to support students in a meaningful way."