For more than three decades, donors to the North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment have empowered the Endowment to make grants that help change and improve the lives of North Carolinians. Among these donors was lawyer Hubert B. Humphrey from Greensboro, who established the Hubert B. Humphrey Justice Fund in 2002, a year before he passed away. Humphrey’s directed gift funds a scholarship administered by the NCBA Young Lawyers Division to benefit children of slain or disabled service officers. His legacy lives on through the 35 scholarship recipients the Humphrey Fund aids.
The first law student to receive a scholarship with support from the Humphrey Fund was Braxton Reyna. Reyna will graduate next May from Humphrey’s alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law.
“This scholarship made it possible for me and my sisters [who also are scholarship recipients] to continue our education. After graduation from UNC Law, I plan to remain in North Carolina and be an actively engaged member of our legal community.”
Braxton Reyna, recipient, Children of Slain or Disabled Service Officers Scholarship
Reyna’s father, an NC Highway Patrol officer, became permanently disabled when a car hit him while he was on duty. The NCBF Endowment grant was critical to Reyna’s ability to pursue a law degree.
The Humphrey Justice Fund is one of many named funds that support the NCBF Endowment, which annually makes grants to individuals and organizations that engage in activities that further the Foundation’s mission, vision and values. During the 2017-18 bar year, the NCBF Endowment Committee approved 44 grants, including to the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (Charlotte), the Children’s Law Center of Central NC (Winston-Salem) and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Durham).
“The NCBF Endowment Committee is honored to connect donor philanthropy with individuals, organizations and projects that promote our strongly held professional values of access to justice, service through the profession, civic education and professionalism.”
Judge Julian Mann, NCBF Endowment Committee Chair