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WAAL Educational Foundation, est. 1989

Our Vision

In 1990, WAAL established a scholarship in the name of the late W. Dale Phillips to provide scholarships to African-American law students at Wisconsin’s two law schools--Marquette and the University of Wisconsin. In 2004, WAAL proudly renamed the scholarship "VelanDale" to recognize both Vel and Dale's outstanding accomplishments. Dale and Vel opened up the law practice of Phillips & Phillips in Milwaukee. Both civil rights activists, they became the first husband and wife partnership admitted to the United States, Eastern District of Wisconsin. WAAL believes that a scholarship in their names will inspire future African-American leaders in the legal profession.

Your Contribution is Greatly Appreciated: If you would like to make an individual tax-deducible contribution to assist our foundation with its vision, please contact us. We will be more than happy to have you join us in our mission to ensure diversity in Wisconsin's legal community.

Past Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Anique Ruiz Foster
  • Lydia Thompson Salzieder
  • KaSandra Rogiers
  • Mia Thrash
  • *Kenechukwu Okocha
  • Ravae Sinclair
  • *Milton Lee Childs, Jr.
  • Valissia R. Allen
  • Kimberly C. Bowman
  • Andrae P. Reneau
  • *Khadine De Paiva
  • Zachary Searcy
  • Tonya Nicole Sloans
  • *Edward W. Harness
  • Genevieve Crowley
  • Nakeasha Sanders
  • *Angela McKenzie
  • *Godfrey Y. Muwonge
  • Benton G. Peterson
  • *Lisa A. Gilmore
  • Monesia L. Taylor
  • *Sherry Terrell
  • Wesley Beshears

*practicing law in Wisconsin
** current student at a Wisconsin Law School
bold: Milwaukee practitioner


Past Keynote Address Speakers

Take a look at who WAAL has invited to be the keynote address speaker at the "VelanDale" Scholarship Award Dinner.
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501(c)(3) Status: In July 2002, the WAAL Educational Foundation was recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The organization is also classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore contributions to WAAL Educational Foundation are deductible under section 170 of the Code, and the organization is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue code.

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