Pellissippi State students earn paralegal scholarships

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Two Pellissippi State Community College students have been named winners of scholarships that attracted applicants from across the state.

Daniel Ostrom, in his second year of Paralegal Studies, was awarded an $800 scholarship from the Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association. To be eligible for the SMPA funds, students must be enrolled full time in a sustaining member educational institution or be an SMPA student member. They also must have completed 6 credit hours in their major and be in good academic standing.

Kelli Canan, in her first semester, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Tennessee Paralegal Association. The TPA scholarship is based on financial need, scholastic ability, leadership and extracurricular activities.

“I’m very proud of these students,” said Arlene Cleveland, a professor and the coordinator of the Paralegal Studies program.

“Danny is an outstanding student. This is Kelli’s first semester, and she’s showing signs of being an excellent student,” said Cleveland. “I expect both of them to make contributions to the legal profession.

“These scholarships are available to paralegal students across the state. It’s amazing that two of our students were chosen by two different organizations.”

Paralegal Studies is a two-year program that prepares graduates to work in a law office under the direct supervision of an attorney, doing legal work such as drafting legal documents, organizing files, conducting legal research and investigations, and managing the office.

Paralegal Studies enrolled 150 students fall 2012 semester. The program is approved by the American Bar Association and culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree.

For more information about Paralegal Studies and Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.