The Justin Michael Ingerman Scholarship was established through the Justin Ingerman Foundation to honor the life and perpetuate the memory of Justin Ingerman, a law student at the time of his passing. The foundation was established by Brad and Laurie Ingerman, Justins’s parents, and Danielle Ingerman, his sister.
The scholarship will provide full tuition for a Pennsylvania resident or up to $25,000 for a non-resident entering student at Temple University Beasley School of Law. The scholarship will be renewable for two more years for students who are in good academic standing. Ingerman Scholars will be expected to participate in at least one significant public service project each year in accordance with the law school programs and policies. While an Ingerman Scholar, recipients will have the opportunity to meet with the Ingerman family and to update them on their progress in law school.
A selection committee including Justin’s family and friends will select the finalists, who will then be interviewed prior to the final selection.
More information on the application process and the application materials will be available in early February.
Justin Michael Ingerman died in 2009, just two months short of his 24th birthday. He resided in Bryn Mawr, PA and was the son of Laurie (Temple Law School ‘82) and Brad (a non-practicing attorney) and the older brother of Danielle.
He was curious and inquisitive; he loved discussions and debate centering on anything from sports to politics to history. He was a voracious reader in his young adult life, subscribing to many magazines as varied as Sports Illustrated and The Economist and reading or listening to books on tape including anything about John and Robert Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Middle East crisis, Martin Luther King and many other topics of modern history. From an early age Justin was an extremely talented artist, drawing and painting alongside his tremendously talented artist grandfather. He was a sports enthusiast and could quote statistics from almost any major sport over the past half century. Like many kids, he loved football, basketball, and baseball and attended many professional sporting events during his life.
Simply put, Justin loved life.
In 4th grade Justin entered The Haverford School, a private college preparatory school where he remained a student through his senior year of high school. The rigors of the Haverford School were substantial and at an early age Justin and his classmates learned to study and to prepare themselves for future academic challenges. Later in college and law school Justin would often say that The Haverford School really was harder than college. In 9th grade Justin joined the cross country team where he met Coach Sam Heed, a man who had a profound impact on Justin. Not only did Coach Heed push Justin for four rigorous years of cross country training, but he indelibly shaped his life in the classroom as a teacher of modern history. Mr. Heed’s motivational teaching made the study of history captivating for Justin, and helped him to earn the Francis A. White Award for excellence in AP American History in 2002.
Justin also attended Camp Canadensis, an overnight camp located in the Pocono Mountains every summer. Some of Justin’s dearest friendships were formed there, and these bonds remained unbreakable until the day he passed away.
When he began at Penn in September of 2003, Justin rapidly made friends all over campus, and was lucky to have some of his closest childhood friends beginning college with him and pledging a fraternity together. Justin forged many of his most significant personal relationships in his fraternity and at Penn.
Justin was an advocate of tough love with his sister and his friends to show them that he cared deeply for them. He frequently talked about his friends by saying "I would jump in front of a bus for him," or "I would take a bullet for her." It was a strange way of articulating his feelings, but he meant it every time. In the last few years of his life he remained devoted to childhood friends, camp friends, and college friends alike, and everyone who knew Justin shared a bond as "Justin’s friend."
At the time of his death, Justin was living in Brooklyn, NY in his second semester at Brooklyn Law School. Notwithstanding his acceptance at Temple Law School, Justin insisted on attending Brooklyn Law to be close to all of his friends living in New York.
Prior to commencing law school Justin worked at The Ingerman Group, a company started by his father. He took his work very seriously, hoping to gain the respect of the Group’s employees and to eventually be able to fill his father’s shoes. The Ingerman Group focuses on the development, management and construction of affordable housing throughout PA, MD, DE and NJ. In the year or so Justin was at work, he primarily spent his time reviewing new projects and on the re-creation of The Ingerman Group website. The website is dedicated to his efforts and can be viewed at www.ingerman.com. The website provides a small glimpse into the tremendous artistic ability that Justin demonstrated throughout his life, as well as his passion for his work and his commitment to others.