On March 27, three of the nation’s leading jurists were honored and four students with disabilities received scholarships during the 18th annual Scandrett Fundraising Brunch and Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Howard University.

Howard students Emeka John Eni, Ivy Jean Pierce, Leighton E. Francis and Keri Ann Douglass each received $1,200 toward their educational pursuits.

“I am thankful to be able to help these worthy, courageous students pursue their dreams despite their challenges,” said Arthur Scandrett, founder of the Sandrett Disabilites Scholarship Fund, in a statement. “But I could not do it without the help of all of you who give to the fund. That is why we honor our three guests, who have given generously over the years to help others achieve.”?

In addition, Judge Leon Kendall, Judge Carolyn Inez Wright and Judge Craig S. Strong were honored for their commitment to law and public service. All three judges are graduates of Howard.

Since Scandrett created the fund in 1992, more than 70 students have received scholarships. Scandrett was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1969, the same year he graduated from Howard.

Overcoming his disability, Scandrett worked at the U.S. Department of Labor and as a real estate agent until the disease forced him into retirement in 1984. Scandrett said he established the fund to help disabled students with financial struggles.

The fundraiser also doubles as Scandrett’s birthday celebration.? Said Scandrett: “What better way to celebrate another year of being on earth, than by doing something to help others?”  

?For more information or to contribute, visit disabilitiesscholarship.com or contact Arthur Scandrett at 202.575.0419 or scan7226@aol.com.