Filomena M Dagostino Scholarship Essay

Applicants are invited to apply for any or all of the public service scholarships that fit their interests and goals: the Root-Tilden-Kern, Filomen M. D’Agostino for Women and Children, Filomen M. D'Agostino in Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and/or Criminial Justice, Jacobson Public Service for Women, Children and Families, the Lindemann Family Public Service, and the Sinsheimer Service. Because deferrals are rarely granted, it is strongly suggested that you apply in the year in which you intend to enroll in law school.

In addition to completing all of the JD application, scholarship applicants must:

  • Submit at leastone additional letter of recommendationthat addresses your commitment to public service.  If one of your two letters of recommendation directly addresses your public service commitment, you may choose not to submit a third letter of recommendation and instead indicate which letter you would like to also serve as your public service letter.
  • Supplement your admissions personal statement with a short public service essay not to exceed 750 words. Discuss your public service commitment and goals and the factors that have most significantly influenced them, or any other aspects you consider relevant to your qualification for the scholarship(s). If your admissions statement directly addresses your public service commitment, you may choose not to submit a separate essay and instead indicate on the admissions statement that you would like it to also serve as your public service essay.



    If you are applying for the Lindemann Family Public Service Scholarship, please describe your interest in providing legal services or criminal defense to those who cannot otherwise afford representation. If you are applying for the Sinsheimer Service Scholarship, you should use this opportunity to discuss your interest in civil legal services. If you are applying for the Jacobson Public Service Scholarship for Women, Children and Families, or the Filomen M. D’Agostino Scholarship for Women and Children, please discuss your interest in issues of concern to women and children. If you are applying for the Filomen M. D'Agostino Scholarship in Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and/or Criminal Justice, you should write about your interest in civil rights, civil liberties, and/or criminal justice.
  • Read and acknowledge the appropriate statements in the Scholarship Programs Section 11 of the JD application. Here, you can choose to apply to one or more of the scholarships.
  • Attach your public service essay to your JD application. Please clearly identify your scholarship essay. If you are admitted to the Law School, your entire admissions application will be submitted to the Root-Tilden-Kern Selection Committee.
  • Complete your entire application by January 01, 2018. Those who are selected for interviews will be notified between February and mid-March. Interviews will be conducted at NYU Law on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Scholarship offers will be made shortly after the interviews. Finalists will be expected to respond within three business days to these offers, as early as Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Applicants therefore should plan to attend other schools’ admitted student days, and gather whatever other information they need, in order to make a decision about the scholarship as early as Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Filomen D'Agostino Greenberg, a self-taught stock trader who used her good fortune to help her alma mater, New York University Law School, grow into an academic leader, died Friday. She was 101 and lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Arriving from Coney Island one morning in 1917 to start classes, Fil D'Agostino -- as she was called by friends -- found five small rooms crammed into a single building east of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Fresh out of high school, she got a $3-a-week clerk's job and received her law degree in 1920.

While she was practicing negligence and criminal law, she married Max Greenberg, a 1919 New York University law graduate who became a highly successful expert in contract law; he died in 1980.

In World War II, Mrs. Greenberg worked as a government censor. One day she came across a letter filled with arcane abbreviations and fractions that read like code. She realized that she was looking at stock-market quotations. Her interest piqued, she reached for the daily paper, and a new carer opened up.

Since her husband showed no interest in the market, she pursued it on her own, but they both began many years of strong financial support for the law school. She continued her investments, and her donations, after her husband's death.

By 1990, her gifts totaled more than $6 million, which made her the school's biggest benefactor at the time. Her help made possible the Filomen D'Agostino Residence Hall for about 370 students; its inspiration was her difficult trip back and forth from Brooklyn every day when she was a student. Her help also financed the Greenberg Lounge on the campus, the Greenberg Faculty Research Fund and the Greenberg Professorship in Contract Law.

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