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Second Paralegal Student Receives DAPA Scholarship

November 29, 2007 - A Collin College paralegal student has received a Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) Scholarship.

Marcia Wharen, of Point, Texas, received the $500 gift, becoming the second Collin College paralegal student to do so. The first was Liana Morrow in 2005.

Wharen began taking classes in January 2007 as part of a career change after being a supervisor at McDonalds for a number of years. Her plans are to pass the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam and become a certified paralegal and eventually attend law school.

"I was thrilled," Wharen said about receiving the scholarship. "I'm changing careers after 16 years and I'm working two jobs so I can go to school."

Wharen currently works at Legal Aid of Northwest Texas in McKinney, a non-profit organization that provides legal aid to low-income individuals and families from divorce and child support, evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, consumer fraud and more.

Established in 1976, DAPA is voluntary non-profit organization that promotes the paralegal profession and as part of that goal they award scholarships to students from Dallas-area colleges and universities.

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