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Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship

Transforming Our Commitment to Diversity from Policy into Action


Thompson Coburn’s core values include a commitment to treat each other with civility, respect, sensitivity and tolerance. The natural extension of these core values is our strong commitment to building a diverse workforce. While we’re proud of our efforts to recruit, retain and develop the careers of people from diverse backgrounds and firmly believe these efforts will result in our becoming increasingly diverse in the future, we always seek new opportunities to make a greater impact.

With that in mind, our Diversity Committee, working with the firm’s Employment Committee and Diversity Manager, developed the Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship, in memory of our late partner and former U.S. Senator, Tom Eagleton.

The senator was a man of vision. He had a strong personal commitment to helping people. He believed in giving and was especially generous in giving others his time and attention. So it was only fitting that when we established the Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship, we made it more than a monetary award to a deserving minority law student. The winner receives a full year of mentoring provided by one of our partners and a paid internship for the summer following the student’s all-important first year of law school.

This combination of financial support, guidance and a first step toward a successful legal career will make a difference to each student honored with the Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship.

We believe that this is the best way to honor the senator’s belief in community and helping others while actively demonstrating our firm’s commitment to diversity. This scholarship and its impact would make the senator proud.

The efforts of one law firm can’t make the legal profession truly diverse, but we can make a difference—one person at a time.