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Target Corporation Provides Funding for Diverse Law Student Scholarship

JULY 3, 2013—Target Corporation, through its Diversity in Law Scholarship Program, will provide a scholarship and practical legal experience for a diverse University of Minnesota Law student, the company has announced.

The Target Corporation Diversity in Law Scholarship will be awarded annually to a diverse student who exhibits high academic performance, leadership qualities and service to the community, and intent to practice in Minnesota upon graduation. Preference will be given to a student from an underrepresented group, with racial/ethnic background, sexual orientation, disability, and gender considered. The selected student will receive a $5,000 scholarship to defray tuition expenses and the opportunity to gain practical legal experience in Target's law department through a three-credit field placement in the fall semester of the student's 3L year.

Courtney West (’15 J.D./M.B.A.) was selected as the first recipient of this Diversity in Law Scholarship. "I am grateful for the unique opportunity this scholarship affords me—to bring the corporate perspective to my legal education," said West. "I understand how rare it is to be given the opportunity to interact with the legal department of a major corporation such as Target, and I am excited to enhance my education with this experience."

"The University of Minnesota Law School has a strong commitment to diversity in its student body, and Target Corporation's Diversity in Law Scholarship Program is a great complement to our efforts," said David F. Fisher, Executive Director of the Corporate Institute at the University of Minnesota Law School.