Burson is currently enrolled in Rio Salado's paralegal certificate program, and will use the $1,000 scholarship for tuition, books, and other school expenses. Burson started at Rio Salado in January 2015.
Angela Kwan, faculty chair for Rio Salado’s paralegal program, added, “We are very proud of Kelli and wish her continued good fortune in her studies and future career.”
Burson, one of two people to receive the scholarship, said it was easy to choose Rio Salado College to continue her education.
“Rio Salado has a great reputation in higher and continuing education,” Burson said. “They offer the paralegal certificate program, with the option of continuing on for an associate degree. And finally, Rio’s online classes suit my needs as a mother and caregiver.”
Burson decided to return to school to pursue a career in the paralegal field after a real-world experience.
“My husband and I were involved in a family law case where I did a lot of paperwork for court myself,” Burson said. “I enjoyed the minutia or small details of preparing and organizing documents for court.”
Burson even has a job lined up when she completes the program.
“My neighbor and dear friend is a lawyer and owns a law practice,” Burson said. “She offered me a job at her firm upon completion of the paralegal program. That was incentive to get the ball rolling and dive head first into a fabulous paralegal career.”
Burson, who maintains a 3.8 GPA, is taking 9 credits per semester, and plans on completing the degree program. She is especially grateful to receive the Maricopa County Bar Foundation Scholarship.
“The scholarship award means quite a bit to me and I am so honored to have been chosen as the recipient,” Burson said.
Rio Salado offers a certificate and associate degree in paralegal studies. Online classes start most Mondays. To learn more visit riosalado.edu/paralegal.
By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.