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The 2006 Annual Scholars/Donors Luncheon Honors Students and Their Benefactors

Commenting that sometimes we give too much credit to individual achievement, Alice King 3L reminded her fellow scholarship recipients at the 2006 Annual Scholars/Donors Luncheon on March 20th that “someone else’s generosity and hard work made this day possible.”

Ms. King, the recipient of the Patrick J. Foley ’61 Scholarship, said that while Americans love stories in which individuals pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, the fact is that in every life, there are many people who make individual achievement possible by giving a leg up to those in need. It is important, she said, to remember family, friends and all of the people who “laid the groundwork.”

Addressing the donors at the luncheon, Ms. King said, “I am really honored to receive my scholarship. Thank you so much for your generous support. We appreciate the leg up.”

In his remarks, Dean Richard A. Matasar said that the Scholars/Donors Luncheon was his favorite event of the year because it allowed him to bring together different generations. He said it was very important that scholarship support not be “faceless.” Scholarship support, the dean said, involves “live human beings and real stories.”

The dean said there are three purposes to the Scholars/Donors Luncheon:

  1. To thank the donors.
  2. To celebrate the creation of scholarship funds.
  3. To inspire new potential donors through the stories of current scholars and donors.

It is important for donors of scholarship funds to know “there are live people who are really being helped,” the dean commented. He added that it was equally important for the students currently receiving scholarships to see themselves as part of a continuum so that in years to come, they may, in turn, become scholarship donors.

This year’s luncheon was capped off with a special salute to Murray T. Koven ’38, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. On December 12, 2005, Mr. Koven and his grandson Joshua R. Cammaker, corporate partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, were among a group of 23 New York Law School alumni and friends admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Koven’s family has established the Murray T. Koven ’38 Book Scholarship, which will benefit an evening division student with financial need. The first award will be made in the 2006-2007 academic year.

The scholars, donors and friends present at the luncheon joined in singing Happy Birthday and shared a special birthday cake.

Mr. Koven described himself as”absolutely overwhelmed” and noted that “I started at New York Law School 71 years ago.” Mr. Koven said he had gone through law school with 12 to 14 classmates who became “enduring and endearing” friends for life. He also praised the New York Law School Alumni Association, which he said had gone from a nearly moribund group some years ago to a very vibrant organization.

Currently, New York Law School maintains 65 scholarships funds that help numerous students each year and ensure that academic achievement, diversity, and scholarship continue to flourish.