Jones School of Law establishes scholarship named for mother of family selected for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Montgomery
MONTGOMERY, ALA. (February 24, 2009) – Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law announced today that it has named a permanent scholarship in honor of Monica Jordan, whose family was selected for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition program in Montgomery. The Monica Jordan Public Interest Law Scholarship will be awarded to a Jones law student who has demonstrated community service and plans to practice public interest law upon graduation. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall semester of 2011 and the Law School hopes that Mrs. Jordan will be its first recipient.
Following the theme “Heroes at Home,” the show’s producers announced the Jordan family as recipients of the home makeover on Feb. 16, recognizing their dedicated community service through projects like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and the state’s Crime Victims Advocacy Program. The Jordans, Monica and Brady, lost their daughter to a domestic violence situation, and their son in an auto accident. They are raising their grandchildren, Miles (15), Shan (14), and Keiunta (11), along with daughter Brittany, who is a student at University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB).
Beasley Allen was invited to sponsor the show, and felt its theme complimented the firm’s mission of “helping those who need it most.” During production, Beasley Allen staff learned that Monica Jordan had long dreamed of attending law school, and had originally hoped to attend with her daughter, Folashada, before she was tragically killed. Beasley Allen approached Jones School of Law about helping Monica’s dream come true, impressed with the school’s own dedication to community service and outreach. As it happened, the school already was in the planning stages to establish a Public Interest Law Scholarship, so it was a natural fit to name the new scholarship in honor of Monica and her family.
“Monica Jordan has exemplified community service and has set an example for many to give back to their communities,” said Charles I. Nelson, Dean of Jones School of Law. “In recognition of her efforts, and hopes that she will inspire future members of the bench and bar, the School of Law wishes to honor Mrs. Jordan by naming the scholarship after her.”