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The inventor Thomas Edison once famously defined genius as "one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."

The same could be said for fund raising. As anyone who has done it will attest, asking for money is a laborious and often fruitless process. One has to be patient, willing to knock on many doors and not take rejection personally. Even the most successful fund raisers know they will hear "no" or "not now" much more often than "yes."

Which makes the early success of the Securities Program Scholarship Fund all the more remarkable. Established only six months ago, the scholarship now holds about $11,000, not a vast sum to be sure but a figure that offers an implied promise of future healthy growth.

That promise sent Securities Law Program Director David Lipton downtown on Sept. 1, as he met for two hours with five CUA law alumni in the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan Lewis.

The group discussed the new scholarship program, which is available to qualified students who matriculate in the Securities Law Program. Lipton spoke about the importance of keeping the nascent fund growing at a steady rate.

"I reminded them that some of the amount could be pledged," said Lipton.

No firm dollar figure was committed to. But like any good rainmaker, Lipton is prepared to keep at it.

The alumni in attendance included Andrew Southerling, Catherine Mcspeak Long, Ashley Vroman Lee, Chris Menconi, T.R. Lazo, and Kate Courtney.