Law student Kariba Dawson awarded Matheson’s Cara Scholarship

Law student Kariba Dawson awarded Matheson's Cara Scholarship

Pictured (L-R): Professor Blanaid Clarke, Michael Jackson, Kariba Dawson, Nicola White

Law student Kariba Dawson has been named as the winner of Matheson’s Cara Scholarship, awarded in association with Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

Named in honour of late Matheson partner and TCD alumni Cara O’Hagan, and delivered as part of Matheson’s impactful business programme, the scholarship is open to second year undergraduate law students in TCD, including students on the higher education access route or the disability access route to education schemes, mature students and students who face barriers in third-level education.

Ms Dawson will receive a place on Matheson’s summer internship programme in June 2022; a bursary of €5,000 for each academic year; an assigned mentor from Matheson to provide support during her university journey; and access to Matheson’s online library and online learning platform.

Michael Jackson, managing partner of Matheson, said: “The Cara Scholarship was established in memory of our late partner, Cara O’Hagan, and honours the lasting impact of Cara’s work in promoting greater diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

“Promoting an inclusive environment at Matheson, where diversity is valued and people feel they belong and can achieve their full potential, is key to making us a stronger firm and delivering better outcomes for our people and our clients.

“This scholarship underlines our commitment to proactively address the issues of social mobility and equal opportunity within the legal profession and to support exceptionally talented individuals - giving them access to the best possible opportunities to achieve success.

“On behalf of Matheson, I would like to congratulate Kariba on this achievement and we look forward to supporting her in her studies.”

Ms Dawson said: “I am honoured to be chosen as this year’s recipient of the Cara Scholarship. Matheson has given me an opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge to overcome any obstacles I have faced in the way of my chosen career path.

“I have had many difficulties in returning to education as a mature student, and I am committed to giving myself and my daughter an incredible life. Matheson has made this process a little bit easier and I am so grateful for that.”

Professor Blanaid Clarke of Trinity School of Law added: “D&I Initiatives enrich our legal community. The Law School is very proud of Kariba and grateful to Matheson for demonstrating its commitment to diversity and inclusion in such a meaningful way.

“In addition to a generous bursary, the Cara Scholarship will allow Kariba to gain important substantive experience in the firm and provide mentorship to assist her in developing the skills required to build a successful career.”

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