Gwendolyn S. Cherry Endowed Scholarship

Gwendolyn S. Cherry Endowed Scholarship was created by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to honor their soror Gwendolyn S. Cherry, a 1965 graduate of the Florida A&M University College of Law. Ms. Cherry was a woman of many firsts. Before attending FAMU’s law school, she was the first Black woman law student to attend the University of Miami. She was the first Black woman to practice law in Dade County, Florida. She was one of the first nine attorneys who initially served at Legal Services of Greater Miami in 1966. In 1970, she was elected as a state representative, becoming the first Black woman to serve as a legislator for the State of Florida. While in the State House of Representative, she introduced the Equal Rights Amendment, the Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday and other legislation. She was elected to four terms and served until 1979.

The Gwendolyn S. Cherry Endowed Scholarship is a $1,000, non-renewable scholarship. To be eligible to receive this scholarship, the applicant must have received an undergraduate degree from FAMU and be interested in public service law. There is no GPA requirement.

College of Law
Supplemental Questions
  1. In a 500 words, please submit an essay indicating your interest in public service law. What steps have you taken to cultivate this interest? Why do you think this area of law is important?