The law firm of Hipskind & McAninch is pleased to announce that it has established academic scholarships at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (SIUE) and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC). The scholarships are available to students who graduate from a Belleville area high school.
The firm signed an agreement with SIUE to fund its scholarship for five (5) years. The firm’s commitment to SWIC is renewed yearly, but the firm intends on funding the scholarship for five (5) years at a minimum, said John Hipskind, a partner at Hipskind & McAninch. “Ideally, we would like to find a way to fund these scholarships in perpetuity,” said Hipskind.
Hipskind & McAninch is a boutique civil litigation firm headquartered in Belleville, Illinois. The firm specializes in personal injury and family law, but also provides general civil litigation support and services.
“We believe strongly in giving back and investing in our community,” said Hipskind. “Our firm has done better than I expected during the short time it has been open and I attribute that to the people in our community giving us a chance.”
In 2015, John and Brady left one of the largest civil litigation firms in the St. Louis region to start their own firm. “It was a huge risk, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said McAninch.
The firm created these scholarships for students who intend on pursuing a career in the legal field. “It was our intention by creating these scholarships to give back to both our community and our profession – both have been good to us,” said McAninch.