Jocelyn Mendez is on the path to become America's Most Powerful Lawyer
Daniel Trust Foundation is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Mendez, an Alumna of our College Scholarship Program, has finished law school and is obtaining her Juris Doctor "JD" from Delaware Law School.
Jocelyn was 1 of the 8 scholars we invested in when we launched our College Scholarship Program in 2014. It has been an honor to follow her college and life’s journey.
“Lots of my peers have really inspirational reasons for wanting to pursue a law degree,” Jocelyn said in an Instagram post. “My reason was watching a lot of daytime TV with my dad and being convinced that I’d be the next Judge Judy or Judge Joe Brown.”
Jocelyn’s dad passed away in 2014 just before she graduated from high school. When he was alive, Jocelyn promised her dad and herself that she would become a lawyer.
Law school was not easy for Jocelyn because the end seemed impossible to get to.
“When I started law school my intentions were simply to pass and I didn’t think I’d make the grades or get involved in many things because I just needed to pass,” Jocelyn said. “I thank God for showing me that I deserve to take up space in this world and go after goals I never thought imaginable.”
This Friday, Jocelyn is graduating Cum Laude after being on the Dean’s List each and every semester.
“I am leaving behind a legacy of leadership and mentorship,” Jocelyn said.
At Delaware Law School, Jocelyn was President of the Black Law Student Association, Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association and she wrote on to the most prestigious corporate law journal in Delaware.
“I am worth every ounce of space I have taken at my school and in the world,” Jocelyn said.
Jocelyn’s journey in law school is inspiring and very personal.
“Somehow during the course of law school I reached a very important milestone. I rounded out a 120 pound weight loss journey and completely shifted my outlook on health and wellness,” Jocelyn said. “Now I am able to help others around me and show up as my absolute best everyday.”
Law school taught Jocelyn that she comes first everyday and in every way.
“In law school, I learned how to be a better friend, a better sister, a better daughter, a better partner, and most importantly, I learned how to be a better me,” Jocelyn said.
The team at Daniel Trust Foundation is very proud of Jocelyn’s success and accomplishments.
“I have known Jocelyn for 7 years and it’s been a privilege and an honor to be her friend and to see her accomplish her goals,” said Daniel Trust, President and CEO of Daniel Trust Foundation. “She is so inspiring and I cannot wait to see her take over the world as one of the most powerful lawyers in America.”
As a scholar in the College Scholarship Program at Daniel Trust Foundation, Jocelyn received a $2,000 scholarship which was awarded to her over 4 years.
In 2018, Jocelyn obtained her undergraduate degree from American University.
“I am done with law school. I didn’t coast, I didn’t just get by. I did it with grace and bravery and I did a damn good job,” Jocelyn said.
Since 2014, Daniel Trust Foundation has provided mentorship and support to 115 young people in the United States and has awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships.
Majority of the students Daniel Trust Foundation serves in the United States come from low-income backgrounds and many are the firsts in their family to attend and graduate from college.
Daniel Trust Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit organization that supports young people in the United States and Rwanda through various educational programs and digital campaigns.
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