Awards and Fellowships
Described below are scholarship, fellowship, and award options available to first-, second-, and third-year environmental law students. For additional information about assistance you might qualify for, please see the Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards Handbook for the current academic year. Additional options are available from the College of Law or the University’s Graduate School.
ESRR Endowment Fund for the Wallace Stegner Center Scholarship
The ESRR Endowment Fund for the Wallace Stegner Center provides a scholarship to an admitted candidate who has a demonstrated interest in environmental law and conservation, with preference given to individuals either working for or interested in working for advocacy organizations. The scholarship is renewed annually based on continued commitment to the study and practice of environmental law, providing support for all three years of law school. The scholarship aims to open career opportunities for students interested in pursuing employment with nonprofit environmental advocacy organizations by defraying the costs of a legal education.
O’Hara Honors Program
The O’Hara Honors Program 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 after graduation.
Edward W. and Betha J. Clyde Fund
In 1998 Betha J. Clyde gave a gift to the University of Utah College of Law which will provide 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.
The Dewsnup Fellowship is provided through the generosity of Calvin E. Clark (J.D. ’56). It honors 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.
Reza Ali Khazeni Memorial Fellowship
The Khazeni Fellowship was established by the family of Reza Ali Khazeni, who was interested in nature and preservation of the environment. The fellowship provides an award to a student to work for a low-paying or nonpaying environmental agency or organization.
Robert Schmid Natural Resources Writing Award
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.
Robert W. Swenson Fellowship in Natural Resources Law
The Natural Resources Law Forum (NRLF) annually funds this fellowship which is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to natural resources and environmental law and has 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 W.J. Mitchell Family Endowed Merit Fellowship
The Mitchell Fellowship was established through the generosity of Neil R. Mitchell in 1994 to honor the memory of his grandfather William J. Mitchell, a member of the first graduating class of the University of Utah College of Law (1913), and other members of the Mitchell family. The Mitchell Fellowship is awarded to a student who demonstrates extraordinary promise in the study of law and whose undergraduate or other graduate study represents distinction in a science discipline.
Anderson Fellowship in Oil & Gas
The Anderson Fellowship in Oil & Gas is provided through the generosity of the Anderson Hatch Foundation, in honor of G.W. Anderson, known by his peers as “a pioneer in Utah’s oil and gas industry.” The Fellowship provides a scholarship and a paid summer internship in the Oil and Gas Law practice group of Holland and Hart LLP.