2022 David A. Paige Foundation Recipients

Shelby Aguallo

Shelby Aguallo (’22) received the David A. Paige Foundation scholarship for the 2022 spring semester. The Foundation recognized her commitment to academics, community involvement and passion for mentoring. Shelby’s work in the Student Bar Association Mentorship Program, role as treasurer of the Latino Law Student Association, and participation on the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and the Udall Inn of Court have allowed her to connect with students and attorneys in many different capacities.

In Shelby’s first year as treasurer of the Latino Law Student Association she helped organize an event for Tucson High students. Students interested in a career in law to come to the law school to hear guest speakers and take a tour of the law school. During the tour, Shelby connected with students by speaking about her own experiences and what it was like being in law school at twenty years old. Her mentee eventually made journal, was selected to be a writing fellow, and got a great summer position.

“Thank you for selecting me as a recipient of the David A. Paige 2021-2022 Scholarship. I am very appreciative to be recognized for my hard work and dedication throughout law school. Receiving this scholarship is very beneficial and helpful to me because it will allow me to focus on enjoying my last semester of law school.

“Attending law school at the University of Arizona has also allowed me to discover my love for mentorship. Being able to provide insight and advice to students while they are trying to reach their goals has been extremely rewarding for me. Working with other students and helping them through mentorship has brought me much joy, as it did to Mr. Paige.

“Once I began attending law school at the University of Arizona, I found a passion for criminal law. I will be clerking for one year after I graduate law school, but eventually plan to become a prosecutor in Tucson, Arizona. I grew up in a small mining town in southeast Arizona and living and working in Tucson will allow me to do something I love in a place I enjoy. Being a prosecutor, and even working in juvenile court, will allow me to continue to help individuals lead better lives.”

The David A. Paige Foundation will continue to provide scholarships to University of Arizona law students who excel in their studies and believe in using their law degrees to better their community.

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