Suited for Success Scholarship Serves Immediate Need and Bolsters Confidence
Many great ideas are born out of personal experiences. Such was the case with the Suited for Success Scholarship, which was introduced at Texas Law by alumnus Jonathan Pelayo ’07 and conceptualized by Pelayo’s colleague, Mia Lorick. The scholarship addresses a fundamental need for law students preparing to begin a legal career: professional attire for interviewing and the work environment.
Both Pelayo and Lorick have memories of clothing challenges while in law school — from Pelayo’s only suit being the victim of a dry-cleaner fire the day before a job interview to Lorick having one black suit for multiple-day mock trial competitions. Lorick transformed her personal experience into an idea for a scholarship program that would provide students in need with enough money to shop for a professional outfit, and introduced the program at her alma mater, the University of Houston Law Center. When Lorick told Pelayo about the scholarship and its goals, he immediately offered his support to help her grow the program and made the connection with his alma mater.
“Sometimes people forget that little things can impact your life,” said Pelayo. “Our hope is that students look back on the first time they were able to walk in an interview or a mock trial competition feeling confident in professional clothing and see that moment as an important milestone.”