Peirce College Student Awarded Top Honor for NFPA National Paralegal Scholarship Campaign
Peirce continues to develop quality students for paralegal profession
For Immediate Release
Philadelphia, December 15, 2009 - Susan Witte, a Paralegal Studies student at Peirce College, Philadelphia, was selected to receive the 2009 National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)/Thomson Reuters Scholarship.
Witte accepted the $3,500 scholarship, which is the top honor awarded by the Association, at the recent NFPA Awards Luncheon in Portland, Oregon. She is the second Peirce student to win the NFPA's top national scholarship honors in this decade.
The NFPA is one of the largest and most influential associations in the paralegal profession. Candidates for this year's scholarship were asked to submit essays centered on the theme of equal access to justice. Witte's award winning essay was selected by a panel of NFPA professionals from hundreds of submissions.
"This is such an extraordinary honor. It means a lot to me," Witte said upon receiving the scholarship award. "The award represents something I feel passionate about."
After more than 20 years in the wealth management and banking industry, Witte found herself looking for new opportunities when she was laid off from her company in the fall of 2008. Witte had looked into paralegal studies programs even before her layoff, and was researching different schools. Her layoff gave her the opportunity to pursue her education full-time. She says she was careful to do her research when making a final decision about the school that would best fit her needs.
"I heard from both my friends in the legal profession and through my own research that the program must be an ABA-accredited paralegal program" she said. "Peirce was one of the only schools to offer this in the greater Philadelphia area."
The combination of online and classroom education was another feature that drew Witte to Peirce. "It gave me the freedom to select what worked best for me at different times," she says.
The final factor for in her selection of Peirce was "the overwhelmingly positive interactions I had with the faculty and staff," she says. "Their endless patience and willingness to be mentors provided so much support. My Peirce experience has been very career-focused."
"Susan is a shining example of the caliber of students we are attracting to Peirce," says Edwin Miller, J.D., Professor and Assistant Dean, Legal Studies. "This award is a testimonial to the College's teaching and its focus on this expanding profession."
"It also meant a lot to me to represent Peirce College at the event," Witted adds. "After I graduate, I look forward to giving back to Peirce. This is a long-term, lifetime connection for me."
Witte explains what she does outside her profession matters very much to her. "Particularly being able to volunteer," she says. "I hope anything I do has some influence on helping people." Witte is currently a volunteer at the Senior Law Center in Philadelphia, which helps the elderly with abuse and fraud issues. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Northeastern University.
Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's business program and the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.
Contact: William Hawkins