Former Alumni association president Kevin Steele ’92 JD Law and his wife Tracy ’95 JD Law announced a $25,000 gift in December to create the Steele Family Leadership Program Educational Equity Scholarship at Dickinson Law. The gift, created to encourage more students of color to apply for and attend law school, was inspired by their own experience hiring attorneys: Kevin is the district attorney for Montgomery County, Pa., while Tracy formerly served as a hiring partner for an international law firm. Both are Dickinson alums.
“We wanted to create more opportunities for underrepresented communities,” says Kevin, who served as Alumni Association president from 2015–17. “We hope to provide an opportunity to someone who may not otherwise be able to enter the profession. We want representation from all communities, and we are stronger as a profession when we get such representation.”
The Steeles’ gift is matched through the university’s Educational Equity Matching Scholarship Program, and complements the Steele Family Leadership Program in Gender and Racial Equity, established at Dickinson last fall by Kevin’s father, the late J. Rodman “Rod” Steele ’66 JD Law, and stepmother, Karen Steele, as well as Kevin and Tracy. “Educating our future lawyers is a pivotal issue to me,” says Tracy. “We are happy to see a community commitment to increasing diversity.” —RJ