Don C. Smith, Director of the Environmental & Natural Resources Law program, said, "It is indeed a great day for the Denver Law students who have been awarded these impressive RMMLF scholarships. Students who have earned similar scholarships in the past have told me that this award was one of their proudest moments as a student. Moreover, the scholarships recognize the high quality of students who study at Denver Law."
Scholarship selections are based on the interest of students studying natural resources law and their potential to make significant contributions to the field. To date, 380 scholarships totaling nearly $2 million have been awarded.
Three of the scholarships were awarded to LLM students who will begin their studies in August. Notably, each of these students is from South America, a continent where Denver Law has a long history of recruiting the best and brightest students. The South American students are:
- Renato De Vettori, a Peruvian lawyer, graduated with a law degree from the Universidad San Martin de Porres.
- Nancy Garcia Yi, a Peruvian lawyer as well, graduated with a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
- Rodrigo Galleguillos, an attorney from Chile, obtained his law degree from the Universidad de Chile.
The JD student is David Rueschhoff, who also earned a Joe Rudd Scholarship from the RMMLF. Mr. Rudd was a prominent Alaska natural resources attorney.
In making the announcement of winners, Stevia Walther, Executive Director of the RMMLF said more than 100 scholarship applications were received. Ultimately 34 students were chosen for scholarships. "The selection process was not easy for the Committee, given the large number of well-qualified applicants," Ms. Walther said.
Ms. Daberkow, looking ahead to the beginning of the new academic year in August, said, "The incoming 2014-2015 will certainly be one of our most diverse and impressive classes. We look forward to meeting these students who will undoubtedly make outstanding contributions to our program and their professions in the natural resources and environmental industries."
In recognition of the diversity of the four award winners Ms. Daberkow said in Spanish, "Enhorabuena a nuestros estudiantes por este reconocimiento!" and in English, "Congratulations to our students for this honor!"
Denver Law is widely-regarded as having one of the premier natural resources, environmental, and energy programs in the United States. In recent years, Denver Law has introduced new courses in many areas of study including Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy, and Oil & Gas.