Why We Give

C. Robert Henrikson 72L and his wife, Mary, have made a $1 million gift to Emory Law for an endowed scholarship fund previously established by the couple.

The C. Robert Henrikson Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2001, was created to recruit top students to Emory Law and to encourage diversity in the student body.

“We established this scholarship fund at my alma mater so that, in addition to receiving an outstanding education, Emory Law students will benefit from an inclusive environment that values diversity and leverages differences,” said Henrikson. “We believe that the Emory Law experience prepares students to compete and excel in an interconnected and global marketplace for talent.”

Recipients of the C. Robert Henrikson Endowed Scholarship will be selected by the Emory Law Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives. Founded in spring 2007, the ODCI seeks to address important issues concerning underrepresented groups in the law school community and the legal profession. The office was established as a way to bring Emory University’s community-wide strategic initiative of exploring race and difference into the work of the school.

“Helping our students offset the cost of a quality legal education continues to be one of our key priorities,” said Dean David F. Partlett.

“Thanks to the support of the Henrikson family, we can continue to help the next generation of Emory Law students pursue challenging and rewarding careers in the legal profession.”

An involved and generous alumnus, Henrikson serves on the Emory University Board of Trustees and is a frequent speaker at Emory-sponsored events in New York and Atlanta. In 2006, Henrikson was recognized for his outstanding service to the community, the legal profession and the law school as a recipient of the Emory Law Distinguished Alumni Award.

Henrikson is chairman, president and chief executive officer of MetLife Inc., where he has been employed for thirty-five years. Recognized as a thought leader in the insurance industry, Henrikson has been asked to testify at congressional, Department of Labor and other agency hearings regarding pension, retirement and employee benefits. He is chairman of the Wharton School’s S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education, a board member of the American Council of Life Insurers and a board member emeritus of the American Benefits Council.