A former recipient of the Angie Green Memorial Scholarship, a donor-funded endowment at Lipscomb University, has been honored by one of Nashville’s most prestigious law firms.
Maria Alejandra (Alé) Dalton was chosen by the Waller law firm as the third recipient of its Diversity Endowed Scholarship at The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) College of Law.
Originally from Colombia, Dalton and her family immigrated to the United States when she was in elementary school. She graduated magna cum laude from Lipscomb University in 2012 with a major in philosophy and a minor in political science, and receive the Angie Greene Scholarship as the outstanding student in the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy. She was the Student Government Academic Chair and served as a peer advisor in the Academic Advising Office. Dalton began classes at UT College of Law earlier this month.
The Greene scholarship memorializes Angie Green, a 1987 Lipscomb graduate who was a victim of the ValuJet crash in the Everglades in May 1996. At the time of her death, she was an assistant to Tenn. Gov. Ned McWherter.
Waller’s Diversity Endowed Scholarship is the cornerstone of the firm’s effort to support the law school's diversity recruiting program. The scholarship is drawn from a $100,000 endowed fund established in 2011 to honor students whose lives have been guided by the examples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Diversity Endowed Scholarship program was created by Waller's Diversity Committee, which is led by said Waller chairman John Tishler, also a UT Law alumnus. A scholarship selection committee, which includes other community leaders such as John Seigenthaler and Agenia Clark, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, reviews all candidates and determines the scholarship recipient.
The scholarship considers students' ethnic and cultural backgrounds, career goals, social and economic disadvantages, age, race and gender. Dalton will receive $5,000 for the fall semester, a scholarship that is renewable each semester for the three years she attends UT College of Law.
Founded in 1905, Waller is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee with offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Austin, Texas. With approximately 200 attorneys, Waller helps clients navigate a diverse range of complex transactional, regulatory and litigation issues across myriad industries.