Caesar Napoli & Spivak PLLC, a New York law firm, is accepting applications for this year’s Caesar Napoli & Spivak PLLC Scholarship.
The firm launched its scholarship program in 2021 to support Asian American students in their pursuit of higher education.
Asian American college students have the highest average unmet financial need of any ethnic group. Seventy-nine percent of Asian American students cannot pay the full cost of college, and low-income Asian American students face an average of $16,756 of unmet financial needs.
“C&N has been representing the interest of the Asian American community since 1990. This was a time when waves of Asian immigrants were arriving into New York City. They were subject to prejudice, criminal acts and treated as ‘others.’ They were not accepted into society. This young community did not have the support groups necessary to assist them to assimilate into society. They could not speak the language, and they did not know the laws. As a result, they were victims of scams, taken advantage of by predatory lenders, landlords, employers and even lawyers who provided subpar services, at best. My promise to the community when I started my firm was that they would be treated with the best quality legal services we could provide and that our firm would always deal in honesty and respect with all our clients. I believe that I have lived up to this promise,” said James Napoli, the firm’s founding partner.
“I now see the next generation and they have shown that they can compete equally and often better than their peers. Sometimes all they need is a helping hand. That is what we are doing here,” he added.
In 2022, the firm will award two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.
The scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students in accredited colleges or universities who identify as Asian Americans and either live or attend an institution in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Applicants are required to write a 500-word essay on how growing up and living in an immigrant family has shaped them or how being an Asian American has shaped their life experiences.
Applications are due by November 30, 2022.
Click here to apply for the Caesar Napoli & Spivak PLLC Scholarship.