Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law recently created a scholarship program for U.S. military veterans thanks to Deborah Carstens, whose late husband was an attorney who served in the Marine Corps.
The initiative will give four complete scholarships for a J.D. degree to veteran students. Carsten made the donation after learning that financial limitations had kept some Marines from attending law school, with two slated for former Marines and two for one-time Special Forces members, including Army Rangers, Greet Berets, Navy Seals and others.
"I congratulate ASU for paying particular attention to the military," Carsten said. "America has been at war for 16 years, and too many of us don't show enough appreciation for the 2 percent of Americans who defend our country by voluntarily serving in the military."
Carsten complimented ASU’s overall dedication to veteran students and additionally stressed the importance of community support for academic institutions.
"We are especially proud of the students who have served our country, and we want to do everything possible to help prepare them for meaningful careers as they transition back to civilian life," ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester said. "We thank Deb for her generous donation and dedication to creating and enhancing student opportunities."