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Donald C. McCleary - Gradere Leadership Scholarship


About the Scholarship

The attorneys and staff at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP have endowed, through the Dallas Bar Foundation, the Donald C. McCleary-Gardere Leadership Scholarship in memory of Don McCleary, a former managing partner, leader, and friend.


The scholarship will be awarded annually and is another key piece of his legacy. Don McCleary was a visionary leader – a master at motivating others to achieve their goals and always quick to give others credit for their achievements. Don imparted to all who worked at Gardere the importance of community involvement and civic leadership.


He embraced diversity before it became a well-used word, not just based on race or gender but on diversity of ideas. Don made friends easily and cultivated allies, and was a loyal and trusted friend. He grew from a small-town boy in rural Texas to a man of the world who taught himself to work for what he believed in and be unafraid of criticism along the way.

2022 Donald C. McCleary - Gradere Leadership Scholarship Recipient 

Emmy Edwards

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2L, SMU Dedman School of Law



1 / Demonstratable track record of leadership within your community and peers.

2 / Strong academic record is a must.

Interested in Our Donald C. McCleary - Gradere Leadership Scholarship?

Application will be available through the Career Counseling offices at the law schools Listed Below:

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law
Texas A&M University School of Law
University of North Texas College of Law

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This Scholarship is Funded by Donors

We are honored to have a generous community that helps make our giving possible and we want to gratefully recognize the Gardere law firm for their work in raising the funds for this scholarship.

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Contributions can also be sent to:

Dallas Bar Foundation Donald C. McCleary-Gardere Leadership Scholarship
2101 Ross Avenue Dallas, TX 75201

If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Philipp, Executive Director, at 214.220.7487.

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