The Mary Pearl Williams Scholarship was founded in 2001. The scholarship, under the auspices of the Travis County Women Lawyers Scholarship Fund, Inc., is in the amount of $1,500.00.
The scholarship is named after Judge Mary Pearl Williams, who retired from the Travis County district court bench on December 31, 2000. Judge Williams was a pioneering woman in the legal profession in Travis County, having served as the first female county court at law judge and the first female district judge in the county. Throughout her career, Judge Williams was always been known for her integrity, her courtesy to both attorneys and litigants, and her involvement in her community.
The Mary Pearl Williams scholarship is awarded to a law student at the UT School of Law who shows – through community service and activities at the law school – exceptional promise of being a leader in the community.
The Mary Pearl Williams Scholarship is posted in the U.T. Law School Financial Aid Office in the fall of each year and is awarded at the TCWLA Judicial Reception the following February to a woman law student who shows exceptional promise of being a leader in her community.
Past recipients of the Mary Pearl Williams Scholarship are:
May 2001 Kristen D. Huff
February 2002 Nabina Sinha
March 2003 Jamie Allen
February 2004 Christian Clarke Casarez
February 2005 Kristi Couvillon & Ashley Morris
April 2006 Katheryne MarDock
February 2007 Courtney Barksdale
February 2008 Lisa Snead & Bridgett Mayeux
February 2009 Rachel Stone
February 2010 Susannah Volpe
February 2011 Margaret Cheu
February 2012 Molly Lochridge Powers
February 2013 Abril Davila
February 2014 Alejandra Avila
February 2015 Hensleigh Crowell & Safa Peera
February 2016 Karly Jo Dixon
February 2017 Paige Duggins & Sarah Jennings