Referencing her late father’s dedication to and love of the law, Pamela Read on June 4 at Westfield Rotary Club’s annual Scholarship Luncheon personally presented Christina Obiajulu of Westfield with the Robert M. and Winfred M. Read Law Scholarship, valued at $10,000, for law school.
Robert Read (Bob) was an attorney who practiced in Westfield. He and his wife, Winifred (Winnie), were humanitarians active all their lives in the Westfield-Plainfield area. He was a Rotarian who served as president in 1995-96 and had served as chairman of the club’s Scholarship Committee. She was a longtime member of Kings Daughters Day School Board of Directors.
“This is the first time since Bob died that we have such a brilliant candidate interested in legal studies and eligible for this coveted scholarship for law school,” according to Liz Ensslin, the foundation’s scholarship selection committee chairman. “We are especially grateful to Pam and her two brothers for carrying on their parent’s benevolence in making this sizable award possible.”
Obiajulu graduated from Westfield High School and Swarthmore College and is currently in her first year of law school at Columbia University. While at Swarthmore, she majored in Linguistics and became interested in an advocacy movement to sustain languages that are at risk for extinction. She believes that law can play a “critical role” in protecting these languages. She states that a degree in International Law could enable her to become an advocate for indigenous peoples and their languages. She observes, “Language holds the secrets of a people and the way they think, their values, concepts of time and self.”