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V&E Announces Scholarship Awards to Diverse High School Graduates

Through the Vinson & Elkins Scholars Program, V&E awarded seven $10,000 scholarships to exceptional students in Texas. The longstanding program provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have significant academic achievements, are members of racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession, and demonstrate an interest in working in a law firm.

The scholarship award also offers each recipient the opportunity for a paid internship at V&E’s Austin, Dallas or Houston offices during the summers of his or her undergraduate career, as well as reimbursement for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) course, should students aspire to attend law school.

Since the V&E Scholars Program began in 1990, the law firm has granted nearly 150 scholarships to diverse graduating high school seniors. V&E Scholars have gone on to the nation’s most prestigious universities, and many have attended top law schools, later working at the State Department and other public interest agencies, major corporations and law firms. One of our former scholarship recipients, Amanda Edwards, who practiced law at V&E, is currently a Houston City Council member.

We are pleased to announce the seven 2018 V&E scholarship recipients, including the colleges they will be attending.


Micheal Brown is a Lamar High School graduate and will be attending Stanford University in California. Brown’s dedication to social justice and racial equality led him to found “Eenheid,” his school’s first diversity club. He was an active member of his school’s debate team and mock trial team.

Sibeles Torres is a Chinquapin Preparatory School graduate and will be attending Brown University in Rhode Island. Torres is passionate about beating the odds and overcoming racial and socio-economic barriers. She aspires to become a lawmaker and a role model for all first-generation American citizens.

Devanshi Udeshi is a Stephen F. Austin High School graduate and will be attending Dartmouth University in New Hampshire, pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Gender Studies. She possesses an avid interest in scientific research and was a two-time finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In 2017, she conducted research on Triple Negative Breast Cancer at the Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Udeshi intends to combine her passion for science and law by pursuing a career in patent law.

Jing Zhang is a Dulles High School graduate and will be attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She was president of a scientific mentoring club, SciNow, president of her school’s National Honor Society and a captain of the Speech and Debate team. Zhang’s strong interest in social equality motivated her to co-found her school’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance club.


Josue Zepeda Sanic is a McCallum High School graduate and will be attending Brown University. He was president of a college preparatory class for low-income students, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Sanic aspires to study law and politics with the goal of advocating on behalf of underprivileged and oppressed people.


Philan Morgan is a Bishop Dunne Catholic School graduate and will be attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She was president of her school’s African-American Awareness club. Morgan’s drive to highlight the academic ability and achievements of the African American community led her to organize her school’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Fair. She aspires to pursue a degree in law and a career in politics.

Tabufor Junior Tabufor is a Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy graduate and will be attending Cornell University in New York. Tabufor has spent much of his time in high school focusing on his love of the solar system, the piano and learning to code. He was also a dedicated member of his school’s mock trial team, which piqued his interest in law.

To learn more about scholarships and fellowships available from Vinson & Elkins for diverse students – from high school seniors to rising second-year law students in the U.S. – visit Diversity Scholarships & Fellowships on our website. Applications from high school seniors in Texas for V&E’s 2019 Diversity Scholarships are due April 1, 2019.

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