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Gordon and Anne Armour P’16, pictured with their daughter, Charlotte and their son,  Tobias, in Málaga, Spain, during Charlotte’s study-abroad year.

Gordon and Anne Armour P’16, pictured with their daughter, Charlotte and their son, Tobias, in Málaga, Spain, during Charlotte’s study-abroad year.

Charlotte Armour ’16 set her sights on a law career soon after catching her first Law & Order rerun, around age 12. Roughly a decade later, she’s a Dickinson grad thriving in law school at Boston University. Her parents, Gordon and Anne, have established a Dickinson scholarship to help other students take advantage of the exceptional educational experiences their daughter enjoyed.

Charlotte is the second child in the Armour family—between brothers Tobias, 26, and Robinson, 18—and the only family member to attend Dickinson. Both parents work at Choate Rosemary Hall, a Connecticut preparatory school, where Anne is a French instructor and Gordon, an English teacher and former dean.

The family learned about Dickinson through then-women’s soccer coach Kelly Tyrell, who saw Charlotte play during a high school soccer game and knew she’d found her next goalkeeper. She invited Charlotte to visit campus and get to know the team, and Charlotte was intrigued by Dickinson’s law & policy professors and program. When she learned that she’d be able to play sports, prep for law school and study abroad as a Dickinsonian, she applied Early Decision, and soon launched her undergrad career.

A law & policy major with a minor in Spanish, Charlotte enjoyed her classes, made the dean’s list and served an invaluable internship with a New York City firm during the summer after her sophomore year. She also worked as a studentinterviewer for the admissions department, forged close friendships through Sigma Delta Pi and the women’s soccer team, sought and received helpful guidance from professors, joined Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Beta Phi and studied abroad in Málaga, Spain.

After graduation, Charlotte joined the staff of Squash Haven, a program providing academic and college-prep support for disadvantaged student-athletes, as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.  That work led her to pursue a law career focused on disadvantaged populations, and she entered Boston University’s law school this past summer, well on her way to realizing her long-held dream career.

The Armours are thrilled to see that their daughter has grown into a successful and confident young woman. Gordon believes her experiences as an admissions studentinterviewer, in particular, were instrumental in her personal growth; Anne adds that respect and encouragement from her professors also played a significant role.

“Because of her great experiences at Dickinson, we wanted to give back,” says Gordon, of the scholarship fund he and Anne established at Charlotte’s alma mater. 

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Published January 31, 2018