Aurora Mayté Salazar Ordoñez, ’18
Skadden, Washington, DC
When it came time for Aurora Mayté Salazar Ordoñez to apply to law school, Michigan Law was home in more ways than one. She remembers being a 5-year-old racing through the Law School’s maze of stairs and corridors in search of her father, who was studying for his LLM degree. She always found him in the Reading Room.
“It was so beautiful,” says Mayté. “My mom would bring books for my brother and me to read at the ‘big-kid desks.’ I always imagined coming back and doing that again.” The Reading Room still fills her with the same sense of awe.
I feel incredibly blessed to be at Michigan. The entirety of my experience changed me, and it would not have happened without my scholarship.”
However, when she was accepted to Michigan Law, she knew she couldn’t afford to follow in her father’s footsteps. While looking at other schools, she received a call notifying her that she had received the Victors for Michigan Scholarship.
“I cried a lot. I called my parents and we cried together,” says Mayté, former co-president of the Latino Law Students Association and the Racial Justice Coalition. “I feel incredibly blessed to be at Michigan. The entirety of my experience changed me, and it would not have happened without my scholarship."