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As a result of a family’s sizable donation, Pennsylvania’s Temple University School of Law now has a new scholarship. Jeanne Willig and children Barbara, Louis and Deborah have donated the sum of $100,000 to establish the Paul Willig Memorial Scholarship to honor her husband and their father, Paul Willig. The full-tuition scholarship will be presented annually to a Pennsylvania resident and member of the Jewish Law Students Association who demonstrates academic excellence. The Willig family has strong ties to Temple University, which provided family members with three different degrees. Paul Willig himself attended Temple briefly before going to work at New York Shipbuilding during World War II. Barbara Willig received both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the Temple University School of Music. Deborah Willig graduated in 1975 from the law school, where she was the first woman to hold the office of president of the Student Bar Association. She went on to become one of the premier lawyers in the field of labor relations and was the first female chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Deborah Willig, now managing partner at Willig Williams & Davidson, described her family’s donation as a marriage between her mother’s desire to create a memorial to honor her father and the school that has always played a significant role in her family. “My family has always placed a strong emphasis on the importance of education, which is why we preferred making our donation to a school rather than a charity,” Willig said. “This was the natural fit that allowed us to recognize Temple for their importance in the community, establish a memorial honoring my father and continue to promote the advancement of education.” Dean Robert Reinstein expressed appreciation and gratitude on behalf of the law school to the Willig family for their role in advancing the mission of the school. “This scholarship further emphasizes Temple’s commitment to aiding financially needy students who display academic excellence,” Reinstein said. “This added resource is especially important in light of our historic mission to provide a high-quality yet accessible education.”

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