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Even before graduating from Richmond Law, Nikita Bhojani, L’19, demonstrated one of the traits most prized in attorneys — diligence. The first-generation college student defrayed the cost of her legal education by being the recipient of eight third-party scholarships totaling $36,000 — nearly a full year of tuition — for her 3L year.

Bhojani described her litany of awards — the McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship, Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarship, Richard J. Banta Civil Justice Scholarship, Phi Delta International Exchange and Minority Balfour Scholarship, Richard Linn American Inn of Court Scholarship, Mike Eidson Scholarship, and a second Richmond Bar Association Scholarship — as “an accomplishment for my entire family.”

The Richmond-area native also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and took on a host of extracurricular activities as a law student, including the University of Richmond Law Review, Trial Advocacy Board, Virginia Bar Association Law School Council, International Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, Student Intellectual Property Law Association, and leading Richmond Law’s Legal Aid Food Frenzy, a food and fund-drive competition.

And whenever possible, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants embraced occasions to educate people about her heritage, saying she “found a safe haven in doing community service projects and telling people about my culture.”

“It reaffirms and symbolizes my parents’ hard work, their challenges and adversities, and most of all, their perseverance,” said Bhojani, currently an associate at Venable, a firm in Washington, D.C.