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Stokes (J.D./MSW) Wins BFSO Founders Award Scholarship


Contact: Emily Williams

Posted Sept. 23, 2010

Christopher Stokes (J.D./MSW dual-degree student) was awarded the Black Faculty and Staff Organization's (BFSO) Founders Award Scholarship at the Eighth Annual Founders' Award Scholarship Luncheon, Sept. 8, 2010 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Stokes was one of five students chosen for demonstrating outstanding leadership and scholarship at the University.

"I'm honored to receive the award," Stokes said.

Michael Thurmond, commissioner for the State of Georgia's Department of Labor and 2010 U.S. Senate candidate, gave the keynote address before the awardees were recognized. The luncheon is held every year to raise money for the scholarships.

Stokes hails from Lincolnton, Georgia, and earned his B.A. in Women's Studies and Sociology at UGA in 2008. The following fall, Stokes began law school. After realizing law was not exactly the path he wanted to take, he enrolled in the J.D./MSW joint-degree program.

"The end goal is to become a juvenile court judge," Stokes said. "How I get there in this economy, I don't know. I'll just work my way up from wherever I can get a job, I guess."

Stokes is currently an intern at Athens Justice Project, a program which assists low income individuals with pending criminal charges and helps them to become productive, law-abiding citizens. Stokes also interned at Children First, Inc., in Athens.

He serves as the co-chair of the MSW Student Faculty Committee, student chair of the UGA Law Facilities Committee, co-chair of the UGA Outlaws and is a senator in the Student Bar Association. He also is a Member of the Black Law Students Association and a member of the Equal Justice Foundation.

For more than 20 years, BFSO members have played a vital role in conceptualizing, advocating and helping to implement programs and services focused on equity and diversity at the University of Georgia. The organization's mission is to create and maintain a coordinative function relating to recruitment, retention, advocacy, intellectual growth, political awareness and social enhancement of and on behalf of the black faculty and staff at UGA.