The Wallace Stegner Center would like to congratulate our student scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Stegner Center oversees a rich array of scholarships, fellowships, and awards, ranging from cash awards for outstanding papers to fellowships that combine financial support with clerkships and job placements upon graduation. This year’s scholarship recipients include the following individuals:
The Patrick O’Hara Fellowship was awarded to Melissa Reynolds. The O’Hara Fellowship provides comprehensive financial support and mentoring to promising natural resources law students and young lawyers. The program contains three parts: a summer clerkship; a law school merit scholarship; and a two-year position practicing natural resources law in the Attorney General’s Office after graduation.
The Robert Schmid Natural Resources Writing Award went to Shane Stroud. The Schmid Award was established to permanently acknowledge Professor Robert Schmid’s service to students and his contributions to the natural resources field. The fund provides an annual cash award to the student who writes the best paper on a natural resources topic.
The Robert W. Swenson Natural Resources Scholarship was awarded to Meg Osswald. The scholarship is funded by the Swenson family and friends in memory of Professor Bob Swenson and his long career at the College of Law. The Natural Resources Law Forum (NRLF) Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Biehl; this scholarship is annually funded by the Natural Resources Law Forum through funds raised during the academic year. Both scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to natural resources and environmental law and have a strong desire to work in the environmental/natural resources field. Applicants must be first- or second-year students in good academic standing and members of NRLF.
The Khazeni Fellowship in Environmental Law went to Andrew Simek. The Khazeni Fellowship was established by the family of Reza Ali Khazeni, who was committed to nature conservation and preservation of the environment. The fellowship provides an award to a student to work for a governmental agency or non-profit environmental organization.
The Dewsnup Fellowship in Natural Resources Law was awarded to Luis Inaraja Vera. The Dewsnup Fellowship is provided through the generosity of Calvin E. Clark (J.D. ’56) to honor his good friend and classmate, Richard L. Dewsnup, the first Solicitor General of the State of Utah and an outstanding natural resources lawyer. The fellowship recipient receives a grant for the second year of law school and a paid summer clerkship with the chief of the Natural Resources Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
The Edward W. & Betha J. Clyde Scholarship in Natural Resources Law was awarded to Mark Capone. In 1998 Betha J. Clyde gave a gift to the University of Utah College of Law that provides funding to support student participation in Wallace Stegner Center programs. The fund carries her name and that of her late husband, Edward W. Clyde (J.D. ’42), a highly regarded water law expert.