Nelson Mullins Awards Diversity Scholarship to USC Law Student

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has awarded a Diversity Scholarship to Elaine Yap, a law student at University of South Carolina School of Law. Yap will receive a $10,000 scholarship and salaried summer 2019 position.

Yap, who will work in the Columbia, S.C. office, was born in Hawaii and raised in an Army family. She attended The College of William and Mary for her undergraduate degree, where she was a varsity cheerleading captain, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and a founding member of a local high school mentorship and tutoring program. At William and Mary she earned a degree in international relations focused on East Asia with a minor in history. A second-year law student at the University of South Carolina, Yap is president of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force; vice president of the Public Interest Law Society; a member of the ABA Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Journal; a member of the Black Student Law Association; and a member of the Indigenous Women’s Alliance of South Carolina. She has volunteered at the HELP Clinic at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center and helped establish a Law School Food Pantry.

The Nelson Mullins Diversity Scholarship Program is open to second-year law students and is primarily designed to increase the number of diverse law students interested in summer and long-term employment with the firm.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 750 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 11 states and Washington, DC. For more information on the firm, go to

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