Law Scholarship Funds

The Mark H.  Adams Memorial Scholarship was created by gifts from friends and family in memory of Mark H. Adams Sr., the senior partner in the Wichita, Kan., law firm of Adams, Jones, Robinson & Malone Chartered. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Adams was a director of Underground Vaults and Storage Inc. and a managing partner of Stephens County Oil and Gas Company. He was instrumental in forming KAKE Radio and KAKE-TV. Mr. Adams died in 1984, still practicing law at the firm he established 51 years earlier. The Adams scholarships are awarded to deserving law students.

The Warren D. Andreas Scholarship in Law was established in 1998 with a gift from Warren Andreas. The scholarship is renewable, for deserving second- or third-year law students who graduated from high schools in Kansas communities with populations of 15,000 or less, based on need and achievement. Andreas received his bachelor’s from the University of Kansas in 1952 and his law degree from KU in 1954. He has served on the KU Law Alumni Board of Governors. He currently practices law in Winfield, Kan., where he has served as city attorney since 1978. 

The Richard A. Barber Scholarship was created in 1962 by Richard A. Barber. This scholarship provides assistance to newly enrolled students in the School of Law who are Kansas residents. Mr. Barber was born in 1911 in Oklahoma, received his B.A. from KU in 1932 and his J.D. from KU in 1934. He was the founding partner of what is now the law firm of Barber, Emerson, Springer, Zinn & Murray in Lawrence. He was recognized as the school’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1988 and also received the university’s highest honor, the Ellsworth Medallion. Mr. Barber died in 1998.

The Judge Willard M. & Lucile H. Benton Memorial Scholarship is an endowed memorial to Judge and Mrs. Benton by their family and friends. Their daughter, Barbara Wescoe, wife of former KU Chancellor Clark Wescoe, established this fund in honor of her father and in memory of her mother in 1960. Prior to law school, Benton served overseas in World War I. He received his law degree from KU in 1920 and first won a judgeship on the Wyandotte County District Court in 1928 after serving as an assistant county attorney for Kansas City, Kan. When he died in 1965, Judge Benton was dictating an opinion to his law clerk. The fund name was changed to its present name at that time.

The H.J. & Paulina E. Berkley Memorial Scholarship was established in 2010 by the Berkley family. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and/or need and are renewable as long as recipients continue to meet the criteria. The scholarship is awarded to students from Mitchell, Dickinson, Graham, Lincoln, Osborne, Ottawa, Rooks and Saline counties in Kansas.  

The Bever Dye Scholarship was established through a gift from the Bever Dye Foundation, based in Wichita. The scholarship is awarded to students at the University of Kansas School of Law who exhibit financial need, with preference given to Kansas residents. Bever Dye LC is a boutique tax, business law and real estate law firm in Wichita, founded in 1937 by Ellis D. Bever. James D. Dye, a 1930 graduate of the KU School of Law, joined the firm later. 

The John Emerson Blake Memorial Scholarship was established with gifts from Drs. Barbara Blake Bath and Thomas D. Bath and their family to honor Dr. Barbara Blake Bath’s father, who was a 1925 KU Law graduate. This scholarship is to be awarded to students in the School of Law, with preference given to graduates of a Wyandotte County high school.

The Book Exchange Scholarships were first established in 1956 with earnings accumulated during the immediate post-war era from the Law School Book Exchange. Recognizing the “importance of scholarships in attracting capable students on a competitive basis with comparable schools,” the Book Exchange was formed in 1938 by members of the law faculty who organized a trust and purchased the book exchange from two enterprising law students who had begun the exchange as a private business. The scholarships have been given annually to deserving law students since that time.

The Bremyer Summer Intern Scholarship was established in 2000 “to provide incentives for Kansas University law students to practice law in smaller Kansas communities.” The fund provides scholarships for law students who accept and complete summer internships with law firms in small Kansas towns. John Bremyer attended KU until 1942, when he was commissioned as ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served at sea, then with the chief of naval operations, and finally as officer-in-charge of the Officer Courier Service in Washington, D.C., until discharged as lieutenant. He returned to KU, finishing his law degree in July 1946. He practiced law in his hometown of McPherson, Kan., with Bremyer & Wise until retiring, and remains of counsel with the firm. Jayne Bremyer married John in 1945, attended KU in 1946, and later finished her degree at McPherson College after raising their family.

The Judge Clayton & Cecile Goforth Brenner Scholarship in Law is based on merit and was endowed in 1999 by Judge Brenner in his and his wife’s names for a deserving law student. It was Clayton Brenner’s dream to attend KU and enter the practice of law. While at KU he met and married Cecile Goforth, an English major. He graduated from the School of Law in 1928 and moved to Olathe, where he opened a private law practice. Judge Brenner served nine years as a Johnson County attorney, one year as judge of the Magistrate Court, and later was appointed district judge, the position he held for nearly 18 years. He retired in 1969. 

The Claude E. Chalfant Memorial Scholarship was originally endowed by Mr. Chalfant in 1961 as the “CC Fund.” Upon his death in 1967, many gifts in his memory were received from family and friends and added to the fund, which provides multiple scholarships to deserving law students. Chalfant received his LL.B. from KU in 1927, was county attorney in Hutchinson, Kan., and practiced with the firm of Branine and Chalfant. He served as president of the Kansas Bar Association in 1955, was named the school’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1965, and was also active in the Kansas University Alumni Association.

The John W. & Gertrude Clark Scholarship was created in 1967 as the John W. Clark Scholarship Fund by Mrs. Clark to honor her husband, the late Judge John W. Clark. An 1896 graduate of the KU School of Law, Clark was the first African-American graduate of the school. Clark began his law practice in Lawrence after serving four years in Cuba in the Spanish-American War. Judge Clark served his community as justice of the peace for many years, establishing a reputation for “fair and impartial decisions.” He died in 1930, and Mrs. Clark died in 1975. The fund name was changed to its current name in 1987 to comply with provisions of Mrs. Clark’s will. Scholarship recipients are chosen for their qualities of tolerance, integrity, and leadership with preference given to African-American law students.

The Claude O. Conkey Memorial Scholarship was created in 1964 by Mr. Conkey, a 1914 graduate of the school. Mr. Conkey practiced law in Newton, Kan. He was named the school’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1965. The fund was later enhanced through a bequest at the time of Mr. Conkey’s death in 1977. The Kansas University Endowment Association designated this fund for law scholarships in view of Mr. Conkey’s professional background.

The O.J. Connell Jr. Scholarship was established with a gift from Mary K. Connell in honor of her late husband, O.J. Connell Jr., L’38. The scholarship is awarded to first-year students and is renewable if at least a 3.0 GPA is maintained. Preference is given to students from the state of Kansas. 

The Glen W. Dickinson Scholarship in Law was created in 1968 through a gift from the Glen W. Dickinson Foundation of Mission, Kan. Dickinson’s son, Glen W. Dickinson Jr., graduated from the KU law school in 1938 but instead of entering practice chose to join his father in business. While Mr. Dickinson Sr. did not attend KU, he had “ties to Lawrence” through the movie theater that he opened in what is now Liberty Hall. He later moved Dickinson Inc. to Mission, and the Dickinson family has continued in the movie theater tradition he established. Realizing the importance of an education to all young men, Dickinson designated that the scholarships be awarded annually to male students.

The William & Judy Docking Law Scholarship was established in 2002 with a gift from William and Judy Docking. This scholarship provides assistance to worthy and deserving law students. William Docking is a 1977 graduate of the KU School of Law and a former member of the Kansas Board of Regents. The Docking’s reside in Arkansas City, Kan.

The Port & Mildred Early Scholarship was endowed in 1997 by Mildred Early in memory of her late husband. Mr. Early graduated Order of the Coif from the KU School of Law in 1949 and moved to Wichita, where he opened his own office immediately following his graduation. Later he joined a former law school classmate and established the firm of McRae and Early, where he practiced until his death in 1983. The Early scholarships are awarded to second- or third-year students with outstanding academic credentials and proven leadership abilities and are renewable, provided the student maintains the prescribed overall grade point average.

The Elkouri Family Expendable Scholarship Fund was established with a gift from David S. Elkouri, L’78, and Debbi C. Elkouri of Wichita, Kan., and Houston, Texas. The scholarship fund will provide graduate scholarships for students with academic merit at the University of Kansas School of Law on an annual basis for: (1) one full renewable in-state tuition scholarship for a resident of Kansas with excellent academic and extracurricular qualifications; and (2) law students who will enhance the quality of students at the School of Law.

The Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch Law Scholarship is provided by one of Wichita’s oldest and largest law firms. In establishing the annual scholarship in 1986, the firm, founded one hundred years earlier in 1886, expressed “its strong appreciation for the University of Kansas and its School of Law.” 

The Foulston Siefkin 2L Scholarship was established with a gift from the law firm of Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita. This scholarship is to be awarded to a deserving student in 
his or her second year of law school. 

The Foulston Siefkin Diversity Scholarship was established with a gift from the law firm of Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita. This scholarship is to be awarded to deserving law students with diverse backgrounds from groups under-represented in the practice of law. The scholarship will be awarded initially to a first-year law student.

The Foulston Siefkin Law Review Scholarship was originally created in 1989 by law partners and associates in the Foulston & Siefkin law firm located in Wichita, Kan. The firm, founded in 1911 by Robert C. Foulston and George Siefkin, is the largest firm in Kansas. The fund provides annual scholarships to the editor-in-chief and other major editors on the Kansas Law Review. At the time of the gift, more than half of the members of the firm were graduates of the University of Kansas or the KU School of Law, with four of the firm’s five-member executive committee past editors of the Kansas Law Review.

The Jordan & Shirley Haines Scholarship, established in 1988 during the university’s Campaign Kansas, is awarded to a law student who is a Kansas resident, and is based on merit. The Haines established the scholarship in gratitude for the quality education Mr. Haines received in Green Hall stating it “has had much to do with the good fortune I have had in my career.” He was past chair of the Fourth Financial Corporation and served on the Kansas Board of Regents from 1977 to 1984. In 1985, he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion and in 1986 was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation, the university’s highest honor, for his extraordinary service to the University of Kansas. He was a past president of the KU Alumni Association. Mr. Haines died in 2006.

The Thomas H. Harkness KU Law School Scholarship was established by a gift from Roberta B. Harkness, wife of the late Thomas H. Harkness, L’47. The fund will provide scholarship support to students in good standing with a preference for students who are military service veterans.

The Help of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Scholarship was established from the estate of Leo R. Sissel, a 1949 undergraduate of the University of Kansas. He attended KU Law as well. Sissel served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was associated with the law firm of A.V. McCaulley and later worked  as an attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Missouri until his retirement in 1980. Sissell died in 1985. The scholarship, so named at the donor’s request, is awarded annually to a deserving law student.

The Al J. & Sylvia M. Herrod Law Scholarship was created in 1979 through the estate of Sylvia Herrod. Mr. Herrod, an emigrant from England at the age of 4, graduated from the Kansas City School of Law in 1908. He practiced law and served as a district court judge in Wyandotte County, Kan., where he had the distinction of being the first Wyandotte County lawyer to accept women jurors. He served in the Kansas Senate from 1942-1948. Mrs. Herrod was at one time employed in legal duties and was active in the Wyandotte County Bar Association Auxiliary. Although neither attended the University of Kansas, they established this scholarship at the School of Law as a testimony to its fine reputation. 

The Michael H. Hoeflich & Karen J. Nordheden Scholarship in Law was established in 1998 by many KU School of Law professors, professors emeriti, clinicians and staff to honor Dean Hoeflich and his wife, Karen, an assistant professor of engineering, for their service during Mike’s deanship. Dean Hoeflich received his bachelor’s degree in history, religion and classical civilization and a master’s degree in medieval history and canon law in 1973, both from Haverford College in Connecticut. He received a second master’s degree in 1976 from the University of Cambridge in England. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1979, taught for several years at the University of Illinois College of Law, and served as dean and professor of law and history at Syracuse University College of Law. In 1994 Hoeflich became dean at the KU School of Law. In 1997 he was named the John H. & John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law, and continued as dean through June 2000. Karen Nordheden received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1980, a master’s degree in 1984 and a doctorate in 1988, both from the University of Illinois. She spent six years at GE Aerospace before coming to KU to teach in the department of chemical and petroleum engineering. The fund is used to provide scholarships for deserving students in the School of Law at KU.

The Hite Fanning & Honeyman LLP Scholarship in Law was created by this 15- member law firm located in Wichita. The firm practices in the areas of business, corporate, product liability, real estate, and natural resources law. The scholarship recognizes first-year law students for their academic achievements before entering law school.

The Enos Hook Scholarship in Law was established in 1967 by Mrs. Alice A. Hook in memory of her husband, who was an early alumnus of the School of Law. After graduation, Mr. Hook settled in Wichita, and in 1937 joined with two other prominent Wichita attorneys to establish the law firm of Hershberger Patterson and Hook. He served in both World War I in the U.S. Army and in World War II in the Wichita Civilian Defense Corps. Serving as judge of the local police court, Hook heard over 40,000 cases and affectionately became known as “the Judge” within the Wichita bar. Later in his practice, he moved to the firm of Foulston, Hook and Gerety, where he practiced until his death in 1967. The fund grew considerably in 1988 when the Alice A. Hook Trust was distributed upon her death. Several scholarships are awarded to deserving minority law students from this fund.

The Oliver H. Hughes Memorial Scholarship was established in his memory by his wife, Melba, and their children, of Wichita, Kan. Hughes graduated from the KU School of Business in 1942 and the School of Law in 1947. Joining the Wichita law firm of George Collins, he practiced until 1966, when he was elected president of Citizens National Bank in Emporia. He served as chair and CEO of Merchants National Bank in Topeka until his retirement in 1982. Hughes served as chair of the Kansas Republican Party and was a member of the KU School of Business Board of Advisors and the Chancellors Club. Three of the Hughes children are KU graduates. Recipients of this scholarship are deserving students who are pursuing joint graduate degrees in law and business; it is awarded based on merit and need.

The A. Bryce Huguenin School of Law Scholarship was created in 2005 by Josephine Hellings Huguenin in honor of her husband, A. Bryce Huguenin. Huguenin graduated from KU Law in 1932. He worked as a municipal bond lawyer in Whitewater, Kan., where he was born and raised. After moving to Texas, he became a longtime Dallas lawyer and charter member of the Texas Bar Association. He was also a member of the American, Kansas and Dallas bar associations and of the American Judicature Society. He was also a founding member and first president of the Dallas Businessman’s Flying Association. He died in 1993. His fund provides assistance for second- and third-year law students demonstrating financial need and merit.

The W.A. Huxman Scholarship was originally created in 1962 by this native of Pretty Prairie, Kan., who served the state of Kansas as its governor from 1936-1938. Huxman received his degree from Emporia State Teachers College and graduated from the KU School of Law in 1914. After serving as a county attorney, city attorney, a member of the Kansas Tax Commission, and several years in private practice, Huxman made his run for governor. Huxman then was appointed a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, where he served 35 years until his retirement. At his death in 1972, Mrs. Huxman asked that any memorials be directed to the fund and in 1985, Elma Holdeman, Huxman’s sister, left a third of her residuary estate to the fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to deserving law students.

The Arthur M. Jackson Scholarship in Law was established through the estate of his wife, Jessie Goss Jackson. Jackson graduated from the KU law school in 1897. He served in the Spanish-American War as an aide to one of the commanding officers. Mr. Jackson practiced corporation law in Leavenworth, Kan., for 35 years before his untimely death in 1933.

The Elmer C. Jackson Jr. Scholarship in Law was created in 1991 by many colleagues, friends, and family. Mr. Jackson was a 1935 graduate of the School of Law. He began his practice of law in Kansas City, Kan., and continued that practice until his death in March of 1999. He was a member and then chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. He received the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, the university’s Distinguished Service Citation, and the Alumni Association’s Ellsworth Medallion. He was an active member of the National Bar Association. As its president, he persuaded President John F. Kennedy to appoint James Parson of Chicago as the first African-American U.S. District Judge. These scholarships are awarded to black students in the KU School of Law.

The Margaret S. Jeffrey Scholarship Grant in Law was established with proceeds from the Balfour S. and Margaret S. Jeffrey Unitrust after Mr. Jeffrey’s death in 1992. Mr. Jeffrey graduated from KU in 1928. He began law school at KU but later transferred to and received his law degree from Harvard Law in 1932, while playing professional basketball with the team that would become the Boston Celtics. After graduation, Mr. Jeffrey practiced law in Topeka, teaching and lecturing at Washburn University Law School. After serving in the Judge Advocate Corps during World War II, he returned to private practice and later moved to Kansas Power & Light Co., where he became director and president in 1956. An active KU supporter, Jeffrey received the KUAA’s Distinguished Service Citation and KU’s Ellsworth Medallion. The Jeffrey Scholarships are awarded to law students possessing superior university academic records and good moral standards.

The Kansas Women Attorneys Association Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Scholarship provides a law school scholarship to a female, second-year student based on merit. The first statewide bar association focused on women attorneys did not develop until 1994 with the inaugural meeting of the Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Circle. The Circle was so named to honor Jennie Mitchell Kellogg, the first woman admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court in 1881. Kellogg practiced law in partnership with her husband, Lyman Beecher Kellogg, in Lyon County, Kan. She served as lead counsel in the case of Case v. Huey, which the Kansas Supreme Court decided in her favor in 1881. Between 1889 and 1891, Kellogg served as the first woman assistant attorney general. She advocated the women’s suffrage movement. In 2000, the Circle changed its name to the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. To carry on Kellogg’s legacy, KWAA established the Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Circle Scholarship, which is presented at both KU Law and the Washburn University School of Law.

Calvin J. & Janice Miller Karlin Law Scholarship was created to benefit a Kansas high school graduate who intends to practice in Kansas. It was created by Calvin J. Karlin, a 1977 graduate of the law school who practices with the Lawrence firm of Barber Emerson LC, and his wife, Janice Miller Karlin, a 1980 graduate of the law school who is a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the District of Kansas.

The Andrew Keenan Memorial Scholarship was established with memorial gifts received from law faculty and staff, family and friends of Andrew Keenan, a KU Law student who passed away in January 2005. The scholarship provides need-based scholarships for Kansas residents in their first year at the KU School of Law.

The Kirk Family School of Law Scholarship was established in 2001 by Mr. Frank H. Kirk, who received his bachelor’s degree in business in 1964 and his law degree in 1967 from the University of Kansas. Born in Kansas City, Mo., Kirk attended his freshman year at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., but transferred to KU to finish his education. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Prairie Village. The scholarship is awarded to students in the KU School of Law.

The Dorothy Arlene Bates Kirk Scholarship was established by a gift from Harold Kirk, husband of the late Dorothy Kirk, L’78. The scholarship is to be awarded to a female law student 30 years of age or older. The student must also demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to first-year students.  

The Law Class of 1953 Scholarship was established in 2007 to provide unrestricted scholarship support to the School of Law. 

The Law School Class of 1925 Scholarship was established in 1965 in honor of its 40th anniversary. In the years following, members of the class continued to contribute to the fund. All members of this class are now deceased.

Law Fee Grants are supported by funds generated by the law school course fee. 

The Law School Scholarships are provided by numerous KU Law alumni, law firms and friends through donations to the school’s Scholarship Fund and through annual contributions to the Greater University Fund for the School of Law.

The Linda S. Legg KU Law Scholarship is an expendable scholarship established through a gift from Linda S. Legg, L’75. The fund will provide scholarships for KU Law students who have an interest in pursuing a career in business or corporate law. Legg retired in October 2010 as an officer of AT&T’s legal department and the senior vice president and general counsel for one of the company’s divisions. Her late husband, Judge Lawrence Crahan, a 1977 Mizzou Law graduate, had a career as a business lawyer and a partner at a large law firm. He then served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals from 1992 until his death in August 2005. 

The John R. Light & Gary Olson Scholarship was created by John Light, L’67, and Gary Olson, L’68, and is awarded annually to the editor-in-chief of the Kansas Law Review. Light is general counsel and executive vice president of Sempra Energy in San Diego, Calif., and Olson is a partner at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.

The Robert W. Loyd Scholarship in Law was established in 2001 with a gift from Robert W. Loyd, a 1962 graduate of the KU School of Law. The scholarship was created to provide support to a student based on merit. Preference may also be given to a student with demonstrated financial need. Loyd resides in Leawood, Kan.

The Frank A. Lutz Scholarship was established in 1961 from the estate of his wife, Mary S. Lutz. Born in Iowa, Frank Lutz grew up in Beloit, Kan., where he graduated from high school. In 1893, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, where he lettered in football the first year of official KU football. He continued his education at Columbia University, graduating in 1895, then returned to his hometown of Beloit to practice law, first alone and then for 37 years with A.E. Jordan. Lutz was a highly regarded citizen who was known for his hard work and play, his love of nature, and community activities. He died in 1940. Mrs. Lutz died in 1960.

The Kenton Mai Memorial Scholarship was established by Crystal Mai, L’90, in memory of her late husband, Kenton J. Mai, L’89, who died in July of 1995. Many friends and family have contributed to this memorial fund. The Mais lived in Bartlesville, Okla., where Kenton practiced law with Phillips Petroleum until his death. Crystal now resides in Lawrence, where she is the associate dean for administration at the KU School of Law. The scholarship is awarded based on merit and financial need.

The Minorities in Law Scholarship was first awarded in 1998 from the proceeds of the annual Diversity in Law Banquet hosted each spring by the KU Asian Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Hispanic American Law Students Association and Native American Law Students Association.

The Harriet & Mancel Mitchell Scholarship in Law was established in 1999 in their honor by an anonymous donor “in gratitude for their kindness and generosity.” This scholarship is given to a student exhibiting merit and financial need. Dr. Mitchell is a clinical professor emeritus in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Minnesota. Mrs. Mitchell has an R.N. degree, a bachelor’s in anthropology and a Minnesota certification in archaeology. They are the parents of four sons and are grandparents and great-grandparents. Their son David graduated from the KU School of Law in 1973. In addition to their family, other interests include music, reading, world peace and life-long learning.

The John R. Morse Law School Scholarship was created by Wichita businessman and alumnus John Morse. The scholarship is awarded to students with financial need who reside or have resided in Sedgwick County, Kan. Morse is a 1975 graduate of the law school and serves as chief legal officer for Lodgeworks in Wichita. He is married to Kay Stine Morse, a 1975 Master of Arts graduate in art history. The Morses reside in Sanibel, Fla.

The Ronald C. Newman Scholarship was established through a gift from the Ronald C. Newman Trust to benefit students at the KU School of Law. Judge Newman graduated from the School of Law in 1970 and practiced with Mustain & Newman until 1990, when he became a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court in Topeka. He served for nine years, until his untimely death in September of 1999. Newman was known for his “love of the law and a strong drive to get the job done.”

The Bernard E. Nordling Scholarships are awarded to highly meritorious first-year law students whose residence is west of Kansas Highway 81. The fund was created in 1989 during Campaign Kansas by the Nordlings, long-time residents of Hugoton, Kan., where Bernard Nordling served of counsel with the law firm of Kramer, Nordling & Nordling. Prior to law school, Nordling worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and Buenos Aires. He was the editor of the KU section of the Kansas Bar Journal Editorial Board, the predecessor of the Kansas Law Review. He graduated Order of the Coif in 1949 from KU Law. Nordling was a past city attorney and served as president of the City Attorneys Association of Kansas. He was also executive secretary of the Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Association, a nonprofit landowner organization of more than 2,500 members. He served on the Board of Governors of the KU Law Alumni and was named the school’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1993. He was awarded a Fred Ellsworth Medallion from the KU Alumni Association in 1997. Nordling died in 2005.

The Judge Earl E. & Jean Ann O’Connor Memorial Scholarship in Law is awarded to a deserving student in the School of Law based on merit and/or financial need. This fund was begun in 1999 by Judge O’Connor’s law clerks in memory of O’Connor and his wife. He served in the U.S. Army (European Theatre) from 1942 to 1946, the U.S. Army Reserve from 1942 to 1973 and retired as a colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He attended the University of Kansas, earning a B.S. in accounting in 1948 and an LL.B. from the School of Law in 1950. He was assistant Johnson County attorney from 1951 to 1953, Johnson County probate and juvenile judge from 1953 to 1955, district judge of the Kansas 10th Judicial District from 1955 to 1965, and Kansas Supreme Court justice from 1965 to 1971. In 1971, he was appointed U.S. district judge for the District of Kansas and was serving as a senior judge at the time of his death in 1998. O’Connor was the first president of the Board of Governors of the KU Law Alumni. In 1972, he received the law school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also received the Justinian Award from the Johnson County Bar Association in 1995 and the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 1996. 

The Charles H. Oldfather Scholarship was created by Hortense Casady Oldfather in 1989 in her husband’s honor. Charles Oldfather was a KU professor emeritus of law, after teaching there for 24 years. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948 and practiced law in Milwaukee before coming to Green Hall. He served the law school as associate dean and the university as its attorney from 1971 until his retirement in 1974. Mrs. Oldfather graduated from the University of Nebraska with degrees in history and French. She was very involved with the law school during Oldfather’s teaching tenure and often hosted the entire faculty, staff and student body for the annual Law School Fun Day at the Oldfather farm south of Lawrence. Involved in community activities, the Oldfathers received the 1986 Kiwanis Club Substantial Citizen Award and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Pioneer Award for dedicated service in 1990. Professor Oldfather was very active in regional theater groups until his death in 1996. The Oldfather Scholarships are awarded to deserving minority law students.

The Joseph O. & Mary Louise Parker Scholarship was established in 1997 by Mrs. Parker in memory of her husband. The Parkers both received undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas. Joseph Parker received his law degree from Harvard University in 1934. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, where in 1947 he was appointed the senior consultant to the Select Committee on Foreign Aid for the Marshall Plan. In 1971, President Nixon appointed him to the U.S. Tariff Commission; he served as its chair from 1975 to 1979. He returned to private practice until his retirement in 1981 and died in 1992. The scholarship symbolizes the Parkers’ great love for their home state of Kansas and their high esteem for the profession. It is awarded based on need or achievement.

The Peery Family Law Scholarship was established through a gift from Patrick, L’81, and Cheryl Messer Peery for unrestricted scholarship support for students at the University of Kansas School of Law. Pat Peery began his real estate career as in-house real estate attorney at Payless ShoeSource in Topeka, Kan., in 1986 following several years of private law practice in Lawrence. From 1987 through 1994, he served in the real estate department at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and was senior vice president of real estate for Kohl’s Department Stores Inc., from 1994 through 2004. In 2004, he co-founded Bryanston Realty Partners, where he continues as a principal and co-director of retail strategies at Klaff Realty, the fund’s management entity. In 2011, he and his wife, a 1984 graduate of the KU School of Education, returned to Kansas to be near their families, and Pat joined LANE4 to assist its retail clients in executing their store development plans.

The Olin K. & Mary Ruth Petefish School of Law Scholarship was established in 2001 with a gift from Mary Ruth Petefish. Olin Petefish graduated from the KU School of Law in 1935. The fund was created to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the law school. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Mary Ruth Petefish resides in Lawrence.

The Polsinelli Shalton Welte & Suelthaus Diversity Scholarship was established by the law firm of Polsinelli Shalton Welte & Suelthaus (now Polsinelli Shughart PC). It is one of the fastest-growing law firms in the country, with nearly 300 attorneys in nine locations providing legal services in a wide range of industries. The fund is used to assist the university in building a diverse community. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming first-year law student. Preference shall be given to students from a racial or ethnic background that is under-represented in the practice of law.

The Polsinelli Shughart Scholarship was established with gifts from Polsinelli Shughart PC, Kansas City, Mo., and is need-based. Scholarships are initially awarded to an incoming first-year law student and are renewable each year for three years, subject to the recipient maintaining a predetermined grade point average.

The Charles B. Randall Memorial Scholarship was established by Isabel Randall in memory of her husband. Charles Randall was an undergraduate at KU when his education was interrupted by World War I. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he returned to the university and graduated with the law class of 1921. Upon graduation, he joined the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, then the Supreme Court Reporters Office. He became counsel for the Kansas Tax Commission in 1928, then joined the private sector as the tax attorney for National Gas Pipeline Company in Chicago; he later became the company’s vice president. He served as chair of the American Gas Association Tax and Accounting Committee. Randall died in 1996.

The Raymond Rice Foundation Scholarships were established in 1979 through a gift from the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation. A 1908 graduate of the KU School of Law, Mr. Rice served as a member of the KU law faculty from 1913 to 1926 and practiced law in Lawrence. The University of Kansas Distinguished Service Citation, the highest honor the university can bestow upon a graduate, was awarded to Mr. Rice in 1973. Mr. Rice established the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation to benefit the Lawrence community following Mrs. Rice’s death in 1971. Rice Scholarships are awarded from this fund to first-year law students who are Kansas residents with outstanding academic credentials and proven leadership abilities. These scholarships are renewable for three years, provided the student maintains the prescribed overall grade point average.

The Ross Foundation Law School Scholarship was created in 2005 by G. Hal Ross, L’52, and Mary Lou Ross to provide scholarships for deserving students in the law school at KU. Preference is given to students who are Kansas residents. The scholarship may be renewable at the discretion of the scholarship committee and shall be funded one half of the total amount, each semester of a respective academic year. The Rosses reside in Wichita.

The Judge Kay Royse Scholarship in Law was established in 1999 “to award scholarships to assist and encourage women students in their second or third year of study in the School of Law at KU, and who have demonstrated a substantial commitment to public service in Kansas.” Royse received her law degree from KU in 1979. She practiced law in Wichita after graduation and, in 1986, was elected to the first of three terms as Sedgwick County district judge. She served there until 1993, when she was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals, the second woman ever to be appointed to that position. Royse spoke at the school’s second annual scholarship reception about the scholarship she received while in law school. She spoke of her feelings of gratitude and the importance of thanking those who provide such support. Royse died in 1999.

The Judge J.C. Ruppenthal Law School Scholarship was established in 1965 by his second wife, Margaret, and son, Lloyd H. Ruppenthal, a graduate of the KU Law class of 1925. Jacob Christian Ruppenthal came to a homestead in Russell County, Kan., as a boy and was educated at home and in country schools, then Salina Normal University and finally the University of Kansas law department where “one year of law school at that time cost Mr. Ruppenthal $91.19, including books and train fares.”  J.C. was an 1895 graduate of KU Law after intermittent years of study and teaching, or finding other work to finance his education. He returned to Russell to enter the law practice and was elected county attorney before his election as a judge of the Kansas District Court. Upon his return from World War I, he was in Lawrence visiting his son when he learned of the sudden death of “Uncle Jimmy” Green. Chancellor Strong invited the judge to teach Green’s classes for the remainder of the school term. The judge returned to Russell and the practice of law and was reelected to his judgeship in 1922. He died in 1964 at the age of 95.

The Richard & Vivian Schmidt Law Scholarship was established in 2005 by a gift from Diane S. Parrish, L’79, and Steven C. Parrish, of Westport, Conn. The funds are to be used to provide scholarships for deserving students in the School of Law at the University of Kansas. Preference shall be given to female students whose income is too high to qualify for need-based financial assistance, but low enough that college tuition may be a real burden. First priority will be given to a student who is the first in her family to go to graduate school. Scholarships may be renewable and based on need or achievement.  

The Schroeder Law School Scholarships were endowed in 1986 by Robert A. Schroeder and his wife, Janet Manning Schroeder. Mr. Schroeder, a native of Bendena, was a 1937 honor graduate of the KU School of Law. He began his career as a trial attorney and served on the Missouri Judicial Selection Commission. He was elected president of the Missouri Bar Association in 1965 and in 1972 received its presidential award. He was a partner in the law firm of Schroeder and Schroeder until his retirement and was also successful in banking and real estate. In 1986 he was named the law school’s Distinguished Alumnus. Mr. Schroeder died in 1993.

The Elisha Scott Memorial Scholarship was created by the KU law school chapter of the Black American Law Students Association. Elisha Scott was an alumnus of Washburn College and Washburn Law School in Topeka. A trial lawyer, Mr. Scott dedicated his legal career to obliterating the legal barriers to equal opportunity and equal treatment for African-American citizens. It was Mr. Scott’s law firm that filed the original petition representing the Brown family in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. His sons Elisha Jr., John J., and Charles Scott Sr. also became lawyers, and his grandson, Charles Scott Jr., is a 1974 KU Law graduate.

The Professor William R. Scott Scholarship in Law was created by his daughter, Susan Wilner, and his granddaughters, Emily Wilner and Allison Wilner, to honor his many years of service to the KU law school. The scholarship is for a woman of color in the School of Law. The Wilners reside in Newburyport, Mass. Ms. Wilner is a 1971 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in History. Professor Emeritus Scott died in 2002.

The Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer & Gee Law Scholarship was established by members of this highly regarded law firm in Kansas City, Mo. The firm was founded by Bill Burrell, Jim Seigfreid and Larry Bingham in 1974 and merged in 1990 to form the firm Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer & Gee. Firm partners and associates, both KU Law graduates and friends, contribute to this annual scholarship. This scholarship recognizes second-or third-year law students who exhibit leadership qualities within the law school or legal community.

The J. Frank & Carolyn Henry Shinkle Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2002 by a transfer from The Carolyn Henry Shinkle Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust. The Fund is used to provide scholarships for deserving students in or entering the School of Law at the University of Kansas who exhibit financial need and academic promise. 

The Shook, Hardy & Bacon Endowment Scholarships are merit scholarships awarded annually to articles editors or note and comment editors of the Kansas Law Review, as well as one entering law student. The fund was established in 1984 by this Kansas City-based law firm. The firm traces its roots back to 1889, when Frank P. Sebree began practicing with William A. Alderson as Alderson and Sebree. Under the leadership of Frank P. and Samuel B. Sebree, R. Edgar Shook, David R. Hardy and Charles L. Bacon, the firm now has offices across the country and abroad. Since its inception, KU Law graduates and friends in the firm have added to the fund.

The Professor Earl B. & Mary Maurine Shurtz Tribal Lawyer Scholarship was established in 1996 by Mary Shurtz in memory of her husband. A later bequest from Mary Shurtz’s estate added to the fund that same year. Earl Shurtz was a law school graduate of 1952 who, after several years of private practice in Emporia, returned to teach at the school for many years. The scholarship is given to Native American students committed to participation in the law school’s Tribal Lawyer Certificate program.

The Clarine Smissman J.D. & Edward Smissman Ph.D. Scholarship in Law was established by a gift from Dorothy Feir, Ph.D., in memory of her sister, Clarine Smissman, L’66, and brother-in-law, Edward Smissman. This fund will be used to provide renewable grants for University of Kansas School of Law students. Preference is for students who exhibit financial need. If there are no students who qualify based on need, the grant will be made to a student based on extraordinary merit. Preference is for the same student(s) to receive support for their three years of law school, contingent on maintaining good standing and progress toward graduation. 

The Glee & Geraldine Smith Law School Scholarship was created to provide scholarships to students at the University of Kansas School of Law. Glee Smith and Geraldine Buhler met as undergraduates and married in 1943. Glee served in World War II as an aerial navigator from 1943 to 1945 and then graduated J.D. Order of the Coif in 1947. The couple have always exhibited a great interest in higher education. Glee has been practicing law in Larned and Lawrence for more than 60 years. He and Geraldine’s three children have KU doctoral degrees — one in law, one in medicine and one in organ performance. Their three grandchildren also have doctoral degrees — one KU Law, one Yale law, and one Nebraska medicine. Glee has been practicing law in Larned and Lawrence for more than 60 years and has devoted his career to public service as well as law practice. He served as Kansas state senator for 16 years (eight as president), member of the Kansas Board of Regents for eight years (two as chairman), longtime member of the KU Endowment and chair of a principal committee, longtime member of the KU Alumni Association, including service as president. He has received several major KU awards — KU Law Distinguished Alumnus Award, KU Distinguished Service Award and KU Fred Ellsworth Alumni Award for Distinguished Service. Glee served for 10 years as a member of the Board of Governors of the Kansas Bar Association, and on the executive committee of the Board of Governors of the ABA. Glee and Geraldine are lifetime members of the KU Chancellor’s Club.  

The Snell & Wilmer Alumni Law School Scholarship was established with gifts from KU Law graduates practicing with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer LLP and matching gifts from the firm. The scholarship fund provides graduate scholarships for students with academic merit at the University of Kansas School of Law.

The Evelyn, Richard & Blanche Thompson Scholarship in Law was made possible by a bequest provided by Evelyn Thompson to provide scholarships to law students at the University of Kansas in her name and that of her parents, Richard and Blanche. Evelyn graduated from KU in 1939. Her father, Richard, graduated from the  School of Law in 1905.

The Leslie T. Tupy Memorial Scholarship was instituted in 1974 in honor of Professor Tupy at his retirement and, after his death in 1975, many former students and friends added to the fund in his memory. Professor Tupy came to the university as a faculty member of the School of Business in 1925. While teaching there, he became a CPA and graduated Order of the Coif with his LL.B. in 1933 from KU Law. He left KU to become the securities commissioner of the Kansas Corporation Commission, where he was instrumental in the ultimate formulation of the Kansas Corporation Code. Professor Tupy returned to the university to teach at the School of Law from 1936 until his retirement in 1972. With four other faculty, Professor Tupy established the Law School Book Exchange, which operated until the spring of 2008.

The Suzanne Valdez & Stephen McAllister Scholarship was established with a gift from Brad Korell, L’97. Suzanne Valdez, L’96, is a clinical associate professor and director of the Criminal Prosecution Clinic at KU Law. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Kansas City, Kan. Her husband, Stephen McAllister, L’88, is a professor of law who teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Actions, and Torts. He also serves as the Solicitor General of Kansas, assisting the attorney general’s office with constitutional litigation. The scholarship shall be awarded annually to a second- or third-year law student, with first preference given to out-of-state students. Recipients shall have demonstrated strong qualities of public service and/or community service. 

The Voss Kansas Law Scholarship was created by Omer and Annabelle Voss of Chicago. The scholarship provides for deserving students in the School of Law at the University of Kansas. Preference shall be given to students who are Kansas residents and who have demonstrated financial need. Mr. Voss is a 1939 graduate of the KU School of Law.

The Wal-Mart Legal Diversity Scholarship was established through a gift from the Wal-Mart legal department to provide scholarships for deserving law students with diverse backgrounds. KU values diversity in its student body and believes that the intentional creation of a diverse learning environment is essential to achieving the university’s educational mission. The Wal-Mart Scholarship will assist the university and the School of Law in building that diverse community.

The J.L. Weigand Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust Scholarship was established in 2003 upon the death of Weigand, who left his entire estate to establish the trust. The trust provides the nation’s largest legal education scholarships in order to “actively promote excellence in legal education and to encourage the most scholastically qualified students who are long-term Kansas residents to remain in or return to Kansas to practice law.” The scholarships cover full tuition and fees, books, and room and board and are awarded to students entering the University of Kansas School of Law, Washburn University School of Law and the University of Notre Dame Law School. A Wichita native, Weigand received a bachelor’s from Notre Dame in 1954 and a law degree from Georgetown in 1962. He practiced law in Wichita until his retirement. Mr. Weigand died in 2002.

The Willard G. Widder Scholarship was created in 1999 through a trust distribution following the death of his widow, Nadene Widder, as directed in Mr. Widder’s will. The scholarship is awarded to law students of merit or need. Mr. Widder received his engineering degree from KU in 1946 and his law degree in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Widder practiced law for 31 years and retired as senior vice president and trust counsel for the First National Bank of Kansas City in 1985. Mr. Widder died in 1994.

The Karl T. Wiedemann Scholarship in Law was created in 1974 by the K. T. Wiedemann Foundation at the direction of his widow, Gladys H. Wiedemann, and is awarded annually to deserving law students. A native of El Dorado, Kan., Mr. Wiedemann made his living in the oil and gas business. He and his family lived in Minneapolis, Minn., for more than 40 years but moved to Wichita in 1950 to be near the family business activities in El Dorado. Mr. Wiedemann was known for his acts of philanthropy, always anonymously giving to worthy local institutions. After his untimely death in 1961, that tradition was continued by Mrs. Wiedemann through the Foundation. Advice and counsel were first received through Kenneth W. Pringle Sr., a 1920 graduate of KU Law, and later his son, Kenneth W. Pringle Jr., who received his B.A. from the College in 1947 and his LL.B. from KU Law in 1950.

The Paul R. Wunsch Law School Scholarship, established by him  in 1968, is awarded to students who are graduates of Kansas high schools and who have resided in Kansas at least four years prior to receiving the scholarship. Mr. Wunsch graduated from the KU School of Law in 1925. He was past president of the Greater University Fund, a trustee of the KU Endowment Association and a member of the Kansas Board of Regents. He served in the Kansas legislature and set up the tax rules for the state of Kansas. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the law school in 1966 and in 1976 received the Distinguished Service Citation from the KU Alumni Association. Mr. Wunsch was part of the law firm of Wunsch, Wunsch and Gaumer in Kingman, Kan. He died in 1980.

The Public Interest Summer Stipends are made possible by generous alumni and faculty support, and the fundraising efforts of student organizations. Stipends are awarded from a combination of the following sources: Board of Governors Public Interest Fellowship; Brown-Griffin Public Interest Fellowship; Public Interest Law Society and Center for International Trade & Agriculture Public Interest Fellowship; Elinor Schroeder Public Interest Fellowship; Dennis P. Wilbert and Joan R. Ruff Public Interest Fellowship; M.B. Miller; Beebe Doyle Family; Kinder Morgan Foundation; Daniel and Maryanne Lyons; Cathy Reinhardt and  Norman A. St. Laurent; Edward and Mary Larson; Chevron Products Company; KU Public Interest Law Society. Stipends are awarded to students completing unpaid summer internships at public interest organizations.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 28 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms