A few months ago, Jazzmine Haygood (Criminology and Law Studies, ’19) delivered a speech at Marquette’s annual scholarship dinner, which pairs student scholarship recipients with their benefactors to allow them the opportunity to meet their greatest supporters.
Haygood shared her story about her lifelong dream of becoming a judge — and how, without her scholarship, she would not have been able to graduate from Marquette and go on to pursue that dream.
She talked about how she is particularly eager to become a judge in Milwaukee, a city where she grew up. Haygood and her family live in zip code 53206, the poorest and most economically challenged area in the state of Wisconsin.
“Due to the violence in the community I grew up in, my parents’ number one goal was to keep me and my siblings safe. Fortunately, I had two parents who pushed the importance of education. Because of this strong belief, I realized the only way to make it out of poverty and create a better life for myself was to obtain a college education,” Haygood said. “For many years, I have dreamed of becoming a judge, so that I can be part of the change we need in the justice system and our communities.”