The program consists of the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1980 in honor of a prominent Alaskan natural resources attorney, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarships, established in 1993. To date more than $1.2 million has been awarded to 287 scholars.
Law students seeking JD or LLM degrees at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who are undertaking the study of natural resources law or who can demonstrate a commitment to study natural resources law are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Scholarships may cover partial or full tuition costs only. Recent awards have ranged from $1,000 to $6,000. Application forms can be downloaded by clicking here.
Don C. Smith, director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, said, "Scholarships from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) are among the most prestigious scholarships that a natural resources student can earn. In the fall 2010 scholarship application process, four DU law students won RMMLF scholarships. Prior DU winners of these scholarships have gone on to have enormously successful careers, and the opportunity of these students to say they were RMMLF winners has no doubt played a role in those career successes."
Applications will be evaluated by the RMMLF Scholarships Committee according to an established set of criteria, the main elements of which include:
- Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law
- Academic ability
- Leadership ability
- Year in law school
- Financial need