$1 million Nancy Wiggs estate donation establishes new JD entrance scholarship

The Peter A. Allard School of Law is incredibly honoured to accept a $1 million gift from the estate of Nancy Wiggs to establish the Nancy E. R. Wiggs Entrance Scholarship.

There are few names as well known within the Peter A. Allard School of Law community as Nancy Wiggs. The beloved staff member worked with the law school for 36 years in a variety of capacities. Most notably, Wiggs served as the Administrator for the Faculty of Law from 1993 until her retirement in 2012.

Wiggs’ remarkable commitment to the law school during her career will live on through the Nany E. R. Wiggs Entrance Scholarship. This unique award is designed to attract top minds to the JD program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, particularly those students with offers from other leading institutions. Wiggs’ generous gift will boldly contribute to the continual growth of the law school’s reputation for stellar legal education and outstanding student experience.

“I knew exactly the kind of gift I wanted to make,” said Nancy. “One of my best friends is Elaine Borthwick, who is the admissions officer at the law school. We’ve known each other from the day I arrived here, and we’ve become very, very close over the years. I have spent years listening to Elaine talk about the need for more admissions scholarships. And I thought, that’s where my money can go."

The Peter A. Allard School of Law will forever remember Nancy Wiggs for the instrumental role she played in shaping the law school’s outstanding reputation. The newly established scholarship not only commemorates Wiggs but is also a remarkable example of inspiring generosity and loyalty.

“I hope that my gift will encourage other gifts,” says Nancy. “There’s quite a few faculty and alumni that make gifts, but it’s unusual for a staff member. I’m really proud of it, and I’m really thankful I was able to do it.”

To learn more about Nancy Wiggs and her fascinating career, visit her History Project profile.