Third-year Catholic University law student Giovanna Miller was among six recipients of scholarships awarded by the Montgomery County section of the Maryland Women’s Bar Association.
Miller was recognized with the Hon. Irma S. Raker Scholarship, which is traditionally awarded to Maryland students with an interest in public service. The selection criteria is based on the recipient's service to their school and/or community, an essay, academic performance, financial need, recommendations, and an interview with the committee.
The Raker Scholarship was formally presented to Miller at the section’s kickoff Normandie Farms Dinner and Scholarships Award Ceremony, held in Potomac, Md., on Sept. 24.
“I was honored to be a part of such a memorable award ceremony while proudly representing the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law,” said Miller. “The Montgomery County Women's Bar made me feel as if I was a part of a larger legal community and I look forward to continuing involvement with their organization.”
Accolades poured in from members of the law school faculty as well.
“Giovanna has been a member of the trial team for two years. She is one of the best students I have,” said CUA Law Professor Lou Barracato. “I had the opportunity, and privilege, to recommend Giovanna for this award.”
His colleague, Professor Geoff Watson, was in attendance at the dinner because the organizers also introduced new Montgomery County judges, including his wife, Anne Albright.
“I was impressed with the gracious way Giovanna greeted well-wishers after the formalities had concluded. I thought Giovanna represented CUA very well at this event,” said Watson.
The scholarships range in amount from $1,000 to $3,500. Other awardees included a first-year student at University of Maryland Law School, two students at Montgomery County Community College, and a Cameroonian student who works in an elderly care facility.