Lachanee Scott

Robert Maher Award Recipient

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Lachanee Scott is a quiet, thoughtful, and poised young woman who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. She credits her success to her single mom who raised her and her siblings. At the age of 13, Lachanee and her brothers were sent to the United States to live with their father. This was very challenging because their father did not provide the nurturing, supportive, or loving environment children need to thrive. So within a few months, they returned to Jamaica, where she completed high school.

Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a judge, she returned to the United States at age 17. She enrolled in Berkeley’s Justice Studies Associate’s degree program and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Today, Lachanee is graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. She has made the President’s and Dean’s lists every semester. Lachanee is also a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi, Phi Theta Kappa, and Lambda Epsilon Chi honor societies. She has volunteered and worked at her Newark home campus.

After graduation, she hopes to work in a law firm while preparing for law school.

Lachanee says that her will to succeed can be attributed to her mom who told her, “The way out of poverty is through education.”