Womble Bond Dickinson has named Haley Hurst and Gracie Kreth as the firm’s Womble Scholars for 2023.

The Womble Scholars program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the bar and at Womble Bond Dickinson. Each year, Womble Bond Dickinson selects one or more diverse, second-year law school students for the scholarship program. Womble Scholars receive $30,000 for their law school education. Womble Scholars also spend several weeks at the firm as summer associates between their second and third years of law school. This experience provides Womble Scholars with the chance to work alongside Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys and receive hands-on mentoring and training in an AmLaw100 firm.

Hurst is a graduate of Virginia Tech and currently is a student at Wake Forest University School of Law, where she is active in the Law Review, Moot Court Board and Interscholastic Competition Team, Trial Bar, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and the National LGBTQ+ Bar. She also has completed more than 50 hours of pro bono service. Between college and law school, she worked as a high school English teacher and soccer coach.

Kreth is a student at American University’s Washington College of Law and currently works as a law clerk in WBD’s Washington, D.C. office. Her law school activities include the Human Rights Brief, Administrative Law Review, European Law Association, Communications and Media Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society, and Women’s Law Association. She has an extensive background in communications and journalism, including serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Cavalier Daily while an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. 

Since its establishment in 2004, the Womble Scholars Program has awarded more than $1 million to scholarship recipients. A number of former Womble Scholars have returned to WBD as attorneys following their law school graduation.