We’ve made no attempt to hide our desire to stop students from enrolling in law school. Why? You can read more about it here but in essence we are convinced there is a shortage of jobs for the new-minted attorneys. This leads to a number of problems for people who have spent a lot of money to earn a degree that leaves them in a saturated market with little to no hope of earning a pay they deserve.
This was such an important message to us that we at Willens Law Offices decided to offer a $1000 scholarship to anyone who was entering a program that had better job prospects. In the end we had dozens of applicants, but only one student could win. That student was Louise Kelly, who will be working toward a master’s degree in music education at VanderCook College of Music.
Ultimately, it was Louise’s letter that won us over. In it she talked about teaching a group of sixth graders Elvis’ “Hound Dog” and how everyone’s mood, including her mood, was brightened by the experience of creating music together. Her letter really described how music not only makes you feel better but also primes the brain for learning. She states “I chose to teach music because of this power, and also because it is fun. I feel that surge of happiness often when I play piano and sing, or when I make music with my students.”
She also told us about being a single mother of two children and how her current pay at the school she is attending is less than adequate to meet her needs. The only way to get more money is to get a higher degree, so Louise is taking classes right now to improve her situation.
We were touched by Louise’s passion for music and her desire to provide a better life for her children. We’re proud to be able to help Louise get the education she needs and hope that she continues to improves her student’s moods with music for years to come.