John David (J.D.) Sinnock received his juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in May 1989. In October of that year, a tragic automobile accident took his life. The other driver involved was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics.
In 1990, J.D.’s friends and family established a scholarship fund in his name as a tribute to his life and to honor his memory. The law school scholarship is one of three awarded annually. The other two are conferred upon students at J.D.’s high school and undergraduate alma maters. The scholarships are administered through the national headquarters of J.D.’s college fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega (ATO).
J.D.’s family makes the final decision regarding the recipient considering each applicant’s scholarship, extra-curricular activities and character. The scholarship is awarded to a student who displays many of the same qualities that J.D. exemplified: intelligence, leadership, generosity and kindness.