The Catholic University of America






The Charles and Louise O'Brien Scholarship was endowed to provide a $10,000 scholarship award to an admitted first year student who registers at the law school. All admitted students are invited to apply prior to registration and the scholarship recipient is selected from among essays submitted by the applicants. The essay must describe how the applicant seeks to integrate his or her religious perspective with his or her eventual practice of law. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a panel of three attorneys, each representing a successful integration of religious perspective with a professional career.

The 2009 Charles and Louise O'Brien Scholarship Recipient is:

Ms. Carroll Skehan

Ms. Skehan is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. In her essay she recounts how her religious perspective was nurtured by her family and parish, which provided her with opportunities to serve in soup kitchens, nursing homes and day care centers for underprivileged children. Her high school provided her with the opportunity to work with Nature Conservancy in Hobe Sound, Florida, to restore a natural habitat. And then in college she mentored a young girl in the Big Brother Big Sister program, built a first-time home for an elderly woman with Habitat for Humanity, and taught religious education classes at a parish. She also spent a semester interning with the Public Policy Counsel of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington DC. She has chosen to attend the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America because of its faith connection and "the school's expressed commitment to employing the law in the service of those less fortunate."