Paula Roa receives Women's Bar Foundation Scholarship

Southern Illinois University



Paula Roa receives Women's Bar Foundation Scholarship

October 23, 2013

${image-alt} Paula Roa (left) at the Women's Bar Foundation Annual Scholarhsip Awards Event in Chicago.  Assistant Dean Judi Ray (right) introduced Roa at the event.

Paula Roa, a third year student at the SIU School of Law, was recently recognized as a recipient of a Women's Bar Foundation Scholarship. 

Roa was one of nine law students (one from each accredited Illinois law school) who were recognized during the Women's Bar Foundation Annual Scholarship Awards event in Chicago, IL, on October 17, 2013.

The Women's Bar Foundation was established in 1966 to provide scholarships, awards, or other financial aid for the study of law in accredited law schools in Illinois to qualified women law students.

According to Women's Bar Foundation President Bates McIntyre Larson, the Foundation looks for future leaders in selecting scholarship recipients. "The recipients of our scholarships are diverse, dedicated to community service and social justice, and driven to succeed."

Roa was born in Bogota, Columbia and raised in Miami, Florida.  She attended Loyola University and then worked as a correctional officer for convicted juveniles where she developed a passion for juvenile policy and rehabilitation. 

She began law school at SIU in the fall of with the goal of bringing change to the juvenile law system.  She believes that one of the keys to the criminal justice system working effectively is the development of a functioning rehabilitative system for youth, including the provision of services that help them turn their life around, reduce prison populations and assists them in becoming contributing members of society. 

She has been instrumental in enhancing a supportive environment for diversity at SIU Law, including participating in the Summer Leadership Institute and the ABA Judicial Clerkship Program.  She has also been involved as a Team Leader in the collaboration between the ISBA, Just the Beginning Foundation and SIU Law, a program that introduces high school students to the legal system, exposes them to careers in the law, and provides them with practical tools for achieving their educational goals. 

She is actively involved with the International Law Society, BLSA, and Inns of Court.