The Earl L. Neal and Langdon D. Neal Scholarships
Neal & Leroy, LLC is proud to be the sponsor and contributor to The Earl L. Neal Scholarship at the University of Illinois and The Langdon D. Neal Scholarship at Cornell University. These scholarships exemplify Neal & Leroy, LLC’s commitment to further the higher educational goals of qualified and deserving students attending these institutions of higher learning. The Earl L. Neal and Langdon D. Neal Scholarships awarded, annually, will ensure the next generation of legal, business and academic professionals are equipped with the necessary tools to be successful in their career of choice. Neal & Leroy, LLC understands the critical importance of providing excellent education to develop and expand the young minds of those who will become tomorrow’s leaders.
THE EARL L. NEAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2005, The Earl L. Neal Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarships to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who are in their junior and senior years and are enrolled in a pre-law curriculum. The scholarship recipients are selected based on financial need and academic merit.
The Earl L. Neal Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Earl L. Neal and his legacy of civic service and passion for helping others. Mr. Neal, a distinguished trial lawyer for over 50 years and a City of Chicago official, was responsible for acquiring the land for the Dan Ryan Expressway, Deep Tunnel Project, and the Near South Side’s redevelopment. He also was key in acquiring the land for the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. Other Chicago landmark projects that Mr. Neal worked on include the development of the Central Loop business district, the acquisition of the land for U.S. Cellular Field and United Center, the Midway and O'Hare Airport expansion projects, Illinois Medical Center development, Stroger Hospital, McCormick Place Expansion and Soldier Field redevelopment, and numerous public buildings throughout Chicago.
Mr. Neal began his illustrious career working in the law firm of his father, Earl James Neal, who also was an attorney and served as a Cook County judge. Mr. Neal, a native of Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1949 and earned his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 1952.
Mr. Neal was the first African-American President of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees serving from 1975 to 1987. He also was instrumental in guiding the University in many of its policies including issues such as minority recruitment to the medical school and the provision of medical services to the surrounding community.
Taiwo is majoring in Print Journalism at the University of Illinois-Champaign. Upon graduation, Taiwo plans to attend law school pursuing a career in family law. Taiwo has a passion for the law, and also a vision to help people and make communities a better place to live.
Brittany plans to graduate from the University of Illinois in 2011 with a degree in Communications and Psychology. After graduation, Brittany hopes to either go to the Peace Corp or become a member of the Public Allies program located in Chicago. Brittany also has future plans of attending law school to achieve her dream of becoming a domestic violence attorney.
Ms. Pradham graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Political Science and Spanish in May 2010. Ms. Pradham is a current candidate for the Fulbright-Nehru Grant for further studies in India. She proposes to complete a research project that evaluates the cost-effectiveness of India’s largest school-feeding program, which provides soy-fortified food to over one million children in India every school day.
Ms. Ledesma is pursuing a degree in Political Science and Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation in 2011, Ms. Ledesma plans to continue her educational career in law school. Her professional goal is to become a civil rights attorney and work for a non for profit organization. Ms. Ledesma is a first-generation college student.
Ms. Singhis majoring in Political Science at the University of Illinois. Following her graduation in 2011, Ms. Singh plans to further her education by attending the University of Illinois Law School.
Robert Martell, Jr.
Mr. Martell received his degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in May 2010. Mr. Martell will further his education by attending law school.
Donations to The Earl L. Neal Scholarship Fund
can be sent to the following contact information.
The Earl L. Neal Scholarship Fund
c/o June Holmes, Assistant Director for Stewardship
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Student Affairs Development Office
400 Turner Student Services Building
610 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
THE LANGDON D. NEAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2009, The Langdon D. Neal Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarships to undergraduate students at Cornell University who are in their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. The scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need.
Mr. Neal Langdon D. Neal, a 1978 graduate of Cornell University, is owner of Neal & Leroy, LLC. Mr. Neal joined the family-owned firm in 1981, becoming the third generation of lawyers practicing in Chicago. He received his law degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Mr. Neal’s practice concentrates in eminent domain litigation, real estate, zoning and land use. He is a member of the trial bar of the federal court and is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois. He has also represented many major developers of downtown properties on zoning and land use matters.
Mr. Neal’s civic activities include serving on the State Board of Elections from 1985-1986, and as Chairman, from 1995-1996, and as Chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners since 1997. Mr. Neal serves on the Board of Directors of numerous community and charitable organizations in the Chicago area.
Ms. Lawrence is majoring in Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University and expects to graduate in 2011. In the summer of 2009, Ms. Lawrence was an intern for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress during Cornell’s Summer in Washington program. At the Center, she was able to use her developing expertise of the Middle East to guide research there, which focused upon media in Pakistan. Based upon Ms. Lawrence’s research, she tentatively plans to write her Honors Thesis on the topic Media in the Arab World. Ms. Lawrence is currently studying abroad in Israel.
Mr. Thill is a student at Cornell University with a major in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He expects to graduate in 2011. As extra-curricular activities, Mr. Thill enjoys reading and playing the guitar.
Mr. Wang is a student at Cornell University with a major in Biological Sciences. He expects to graduate in 2011. Mr. Wang is a diligent student and attains the Dean’s List every semester. He also conducts breast cancer research. In his spare time, Mr. Wang is an active volunteer for the Cornell Piano Society, and author of several articles and creative pieces.
Donations to The Langdon D. Neal Scholarship Fund
can be sent to the following contact information.
The Langdon D. Neal Scholarship Fund
c/o Chantal Champagne, Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations
130 East Seneca Street, Suite 400
Ithaca, New York 14850-4353