As part of the firm's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are proud to offer Norton Rose Fulbright Diversity Fellowships to four (4) outstanding first and second year law students. Norton Rose Fulbright established the fellowships to promote diversity in the legal profession and at the law firm and to provide a helping hand to aspiring lawyers who come from groups underrepresented in the profession. Each Fellow receives a Summer Associate position with the firm for Summer 2021, a Fellowship mentor, and will receive up to $10,000 to assist with law school tuition and expenses. We received close to 1000 applications for the 2021 Fellowships. We hosted two (2) Fellows in 2020, our inaugural year. Otis Hill (Penn) will return to the Houston office as a 2L and Madison Gaona (Texas) will join the Dallas office in Fall 2021 as an entry-level associate.
Fellowship applicants were rated in part on their commitment to promoting diversity and whether they may have demonstrated that commitment in their communities, schools and workplaces. Evaluators also considered personal achievements, academic achievements and demonstrated leadership ability. Among the students encouraged to apply were highly motivated members of diverse populations that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, first-generation college and/or graduate students, disabled individuals, veterans and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.
Norton Rose Fulbright remains deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace – and to reaping the benefits that accrue from creating such a culture. The law firm's commitment is consistent with our recognition that it is the outstanding people within our business who are the source of our strength. Our colleagues – lawyers and business services professionals– are our greatest assets. We have long embraced the principles of equal employment opportunity.
The Diversity Fellowship Program is the latest example of Norton Rose Fulbright's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.