Scholarship and mentorship program designed to improve career paths for black students pursuing law and public policy degrees.
CHARLOTTE, NC- Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) and The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced the 2022 Cohort of Ally Legal and Public Policy Scholars. Ally launched the scholarship and mentoring program with CBCF in 2021 to support black students pursuing careers in law and public policy. When fully implemented, Ally’s financial commitment under the program will be up to $260,000 annually.
“The rule of law and the fair administration of justice are central to our democratic republic, as is the role of attorneys and public policy makers in their defense,” said Scott Stengel, Ally’s general counsel. “This program allows us to open doors and create opportunities for historically underrepresented students to pursue these noblest professions and make a difference in the communities where we live and work. Ally is proud to work closely with CBCF on this mission and to walk alongside these amazing students as they advance their studies and careers.”
Four Ally Legal Scholars will receive an annual $20,000 stipend that will see them through three years of law school. The two undergraduate Ally Public Policy Scholars will receive a one-year stipend of $10,000. The six Ally Scholars in the 2022 cohort are:
Tiffaney Boyd, Ally Legal Scholars
– A freshman law student at UC Berkeley and a graduate of California State University San Marcos, Tiffaney worked on policy and legislation as Legislative Director in the California State Assembly. Tiffaney is particularly passionate about expanding existing and future laws to improve access, equity and protection for low-income and marginalized communities of color.
Nyala Carbado, Allied Legal Scholars
– Nyala is a freshman law student at the University of Chicago Law School. In high school, Nyala successfully challenged and changed the dress code of her all-girls school to give students the right to wear pants instead of a skirt or dress to formal school events. Nyala then pursued her interest in law by doing an internship for UCLA Law while she was a student at UCLA. Immediately after graduating from college, Nyala worked for the Feminist Center for Creative Work, hosting events such as a fundraiser to end food deserts in Los Angeles. Prior to law school, Nyala taught history and English to homeschooled high school students.
Eric Jjemba, Ally Legal Scholar
– A first-year law student at Yale Law School and a graduate of Harvard University, Eric is passionate about educating voters about their civil rights. As a student, he took a leave of absence from school to work with a non-partisan organization that focused
on increasing voter turnout among young people in Philadelphia. He spent his days away from grocery stores and student textbook pickups to connect with new eligible voters, and planned a virtual voter registration rally attended by more than 500 students to demonstrate the importance of voter registration — which ultimately resulted in the highest turnout contributed to the city for 36 years.
Dominick Williams, Ally Legal Scholar
– Dominick is a freshman law student at UC Berkeley, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. In 2019, he testified before the California Legislature, urging Member Shirley Weber to repeal Proposition 209, a proposition that banned the use of race and gender affirmative action in the state. He was later hired by Weber as her legislative advisor and remains her advisor on higher education matters.
Kaylen Chase, Ally Public Policy Scholar
– Kaylen is a senior at Santa Clara University with a major in Political Science and Economics. As a child of immigrants, Kaylen has always had a keen interest in public policy and making government policy accessible to all. She was selected as a Santa Clara University candidate for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program, where she experienced first-hand how politics is made on Capitol Hill. As an intern for California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Kaylen regularly spoke to voters and learned the importance of accessible government that ensures all people have a say in the policies that affect their lives.
Natalia Thomas, Ally Public Policy Scholar
– A senior at Emory University with a major in Political Science, Natalia is passionate about serving others and plans to begin her career in public service. Inspired by her mother’s journey to become fluent in English after emigrating to the United States
from the Dominican Republic, Natalia has tried to become fluent in Spanish herself and now volunteers as an ESL teacher for migrant adults. She has participated in several research projects on issues such as affordable housing and shootings involving officials in US cities, which sparked her interest in public policy.
“Improving career opportunities for students with diverse interests, particularly in fields where they are severely underrepresented, requires more than just funding. It takes mentoring and long-term support to develop the next generation of black leaders,” said Nicole Austin-Hillery, CBCF President and CEO. “Our relationship with Ally has allowed us to build on educational progress and career pipelines for students, giving them more access and providing solutions that meet their needs.”
In addition to their scholarships, Ally Scholars are matched with Ally legal and policy experts to support them in their academic and professional pursuits. Mentoring groups will meet regularly based on each student’s interests, needs and goals to ensure a highly personalized approach. Mentors provide support through formal meetings, learning outside of the classroom, and networking opportunities.
As part of the program, Ally Scholars also have access to other young professionals and mentors in law firms, government departments, and both corporate and non-profit organizations.
“Building authentic and meaningful relationships with these students is the hallmark of our program,” said Natasha I. Campbell, Sr. Director and Associate General Counsel at Ally. “We are there for them, not only financially, but also in overcoming the challenges of the legal and political environment. It’s inspiring to see how passionate and focused they are and a privilege to be a part of their journey.”
Applications for next year’s Ally Financial Legal and Public Policy Scholarship will open in January 2023. More details can be found here:
About Ally Financial
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a digital financial services company committed to its promise of “doing the right thing” for its individual, business and corporate customers. Ally consists of an industry-leading independent auto finance and insurance company, an award-winning digital direct bank (Ally Bank, a member of the FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, which offers mortgage loans, personal loans at the point of sale and a variety of bank deposits and other banking products), a consumer credit card business, a corporate finance business for lenders and mid-market companies, as well as securities brokerage and investment advisory services. Our brand belief is that we are all better off with an ally and our focus is on helping our clients achieve their highest financial well-being, a concept tailored to what matters to them. For more information, please visit www.ally.com and follow us @allyfinancial.
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About the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit, public, research, and educational institution dedicated to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and the public enlightens. Visit cbcfinc.org for more information.
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