Jessup grad earns full-ride scholarship to Boston University
With graduation season just around the corner, William Jessup University is one of the first university’s in the greater Sacramento region to hold its commencement ceremony, slated for Saturday, May 18. Graduating senior Amber Curry has much to celebrate. She is the proud recipient of a three-year full tuition scholarship to Boston University’s School of Law.
The public policy graduate plans to study immigration law and recently delivered her senior capstone project that focused on examining U.S. refugee policy in light of the Syrian refugee crisis.
Tackling tough topics is par for the course for the strong academic contender. Curry also scored in the 96th percentile on her Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is designed to measure skills considered essential for success in law school.
“I think that the breadth of the public policy curriculum here at Jessup has given me wide knowledge and exposure to many different laws,” said Curry, 21. “On the local, state and federal level, I’ve learned about issues that provided a good grasp of what policy issues are really about. The other aspect is that the program is designed to enhance critical thinking skills and challenged me to think things out in a legal way and communicate them through writing in that same format.”
The Ceres native is one of seven children. Homeschooled through all of high school except her senior year, she recalled how her love of public policy started when she began learning about the Socratic Method.
“I started working on legal cases to get some exposure to the field to see what it would be like to study policy,” Curry said. “As time went on, I became more and more interested to the point that I realized public policy was a perfect fit for me.”
Curry also credits the valuable experiences she gained participating in internships while at Jessup.
“During my freshman year; I spent my winter break interning for a small law firm in San Francisco,” she recalled. There she performed legal office work, helping with client correspondence.
Last summer, she went to Washington, D.C., to work for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, where she was a program and events intern. In this role, she had the opportunity to coordinate national events; one of which was a bloggers conference in Las Vegas. She also assisted support staff for various state chapters throughout the organization.
No doubt May will be an exciting month for the Summa Cum Laude graduate. Just after commencement, Curry will marry fiancé Marc Davis. The couple plans to relocate to Boston during the summer.