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February 18, 2021

Stephanie Zirulnikoff Awarded 2020 Guerin L. Butterworth Prize

Congratulations to Stephanie Zirulnikoff on receiving the 2020 Guerin L. Butterworth Prize! The Butterworth Prize is awarded to the SCALE student with the highest grade point average at the end of the first year of SCALE.

Stephanie is a first-generation college student. She received a B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Florida. She moved cross-country from Miami, Florida, especially for the SCALE program because of the challenge it offered in completing her J.D. in two years. Stephanie was an Oralist for the Moot Court Honors Program and a Staffer for Southwestern Law Review. She is interested in pursuing a career in entertainment law.

"As a first-generation college student, receiving this recognition and knowing I'm following in the footsteps of Guerin L. Butterworth is an honor and a privilege. I'm thankful for my friends, family, and the Southwestern faculty who showed endless support during my SCALE journey." 

- Stephanie Zirulnikoff, Butterworth Prize Recipient

About the Guerin L. Butterworth Endowed Prize Fund:

In 2017, Southwestern announced the establishment of the Guerin L. Butterworth Endowed Prize Fund for the first-year law student in its Two-Year Accelerated J.D. Program (SCALE) with the highest grade point average.  The Fund was established by Mr. Sterling Franklin, a trustee of the Morris S. Smith Foundation and longtime friend of Ms. Guerin L. Butterworth. After finding out that Ms. Butterworth had been first in her class in her first year in the SCALE Two-Year J.D. Program at Southwestern, Mr. Franklin decided to establish the Fund with a $15,000 gift, in her honor.

Learn more about the Guerin L. Butterworth Endowed Prize Fund here.