Bishop O’Dowd High School student Michael “Shawn” Cunningham II, an exemplary student who serves as a role model for his peers at school and church, has been invited to participate in Stanford Law School’s Intensive Law & Trial 2015 Summer Program.
This program is designed to give critical insights into the legal profession and a taste of the study of law, which is a perfect fit for Shawn, who has wanted to be a lawyer since age 12.
Being invited to this national program for high achieving high school students is an honor in itself. Shawn is very excited, and his mom and his sister are overjoyed.
He lives with his family in Oakland and would like to take advantage of this great opportunity but due to limited resources and a single income in the home, Shawn will need help from members of the community so he can attend.
The cost for this two-week program, including meals and housing, is $3,300.
While attending O’Dowd as a scholarship student, Shawn has been a member of the debate team, won several national debate tournaments, has served on the executive council of the school’s Black Student Union and has been a volunteer at the Allen Temple Senior Center of Oakland.
Anyone who would like to help this Bishop O’Dowd junior can make a donation of any amount by going to gofundme.com/shawn2law, or by calling Ralonda Cunningham (Shawn’s mom) at (510) 772-2795 by March 13.