COLUMBIA LAW ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL PETER JAY SHARP SCHOLARS
-- Scholars to Receive Tuition and Living Expenses for All Three Years --
New York, NY, December 2004 - More than 30 students vied to become the first recipients of the Peter Jay Sharp Scholarship, one of Columbia Law School's most generous and competitive honors. The award, created last year, covers the students' tuition and living expenses for a maximum of $50,000 a year during the scholars' three years in law school. Open to all admitted students, the scholarship criteria selection includes high academic performance, previous work experience in the private sector and an expressed interest in and commitment to continuing a career in private sector law. The first of these prestigious scholarships were awarded to Keith Bradley '07 and Sylvie Goursaud '07.
Mr. Bradley graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 1996 and received his Ph.D. in Physics at Berkeley, with a focus on solid-state physics and nanotechnology. He then joined Nanomix, Inc., a leading nanotechnology firm, where his work resulted in more than 20 patent applications and was touted in multiple scientific publications. After law school, Mr. Bradley plans to practice patent law, hopefully as in-house counsel at a high-tech firm.
Ms. Goursaud, a classically trained pianist who grew up in Paris, received an M.A. in musicology from La Sorbonne as well as an M.A. in business from the Ecole Superieure de Paris and an M.A. in economics from the German Technische University Berlin. She then studied Japanese language and history at the University of Tokyo as a Japanese Ministry of Education PhD fellow. She began her professional career working for Asian consulting companies before joining the Japanese branch of the British cell phone company Vodafone in 2001. Ms. Goursaud looks forward to a career in international corporate law in New York while volunteering in the classical music world.
The scholarship was created in memory of the late hotelier and real estate developer Peter Jay Sharp. Mr. Sharp, who died in 1992, was an active philanthropist, serving on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center, among others. Since its creation in 1984, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation has donated millions of dollars to cultural and educational institutions. Edmund Duffy '66 is one of the Foundation's four board members.