The Virginia Association of Women Judges recently awarded its annual $500 scholarship to Dildora Rakhmatullaeva, a graduating high school senior who wrote an essay about the benefits of women’s full participation in the legislative and judicial branches of government.
For her essay to be considered, Rakhmatullaeva was required to interview at least one woman judge and one female member of Virginia’s General Assembly.
Rakhmatullaeva, a senior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, plans to attend Marymount University next year; she is interested in International Business.
The VAWJ presented the scholarship at the Virginia State Capitol at a May 5 luncheon which brought together sitting and retired judges from across the Commonwealth to celebrate with the family of the scholarship winner.
According to Portsmouth General District Judge Roxie Holder, president of the VAWJ, the scholarship is designed not only to provide financial assistance but also to increase awareness of the functions of, and women’s contributions to, the legislative and judicial branches of the government. The VAWJ is a chapter of the National Association of Women Judges and includes female judges on Virginia’s state and federal benches