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KU Law students receive Kansas Bar Foundation scholarships

Thursday, February 20, 2014

LAWRENCE – Two University of Kansas School of Law students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Kansas Bar Foundation. The students were recognized this month at a dinner in Topeka.

Katherine Marples

Katherine E. Marples, a third-year law student from Dodge City, received the Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award, intended for a law student attending KU or Washburn who is committed to practicing law in Kansas.

Marples earned a bachelor’s in Germanic languages and literature at KU. She has lived her entire life in Kansas except for a year of study abroad in Germany. She will clerk for a federal magistrate judge for two years and then plans to practice in Kansas. She and a classmate are representing KU this week at the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. When she is not busy with law school, Marples spends time rowing and coaching the KU Crew team.

“Receiving this scholarship has been another example of how people dedicated to the state and this profession make a huge difference in the lives of students,” Marples said. “This scholarship is going to help me make it through the last semester of school without having to take out any loans. That is truly amazing with the cost of legal education. Beyond the financial support, this award also serves as a reminder, as I am getting ready to graduate, that giving back to the legal community is important, and I plan to do my part.”

Thomas Hiatt

Thomas Hiatt, a second-year law student from Shawnee, received the Lathrop & Gage Scholarship Award, given to a law student at KU or Washburn who demonstrates a history of community involvement.

A fourth-generation Kansan, Hiatt intends to practice law in Johnson County. He values the Kansas work ethic and has worked various jobs, including as an assistant manager for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina and as a resident assistant for KU Student Housing. He has also given time to help others by volunteering at a food pantry, participating in Relay for Life, and organizing various events and community service projects for Phi Alpha Delta at KU.

“As a proud Kansan and a future member of the Kansas Bar, I am honored to have received the Lathrop & Gage Scholarship Award,” Hiatt said. “Being a lawyer is so much more than just doing your job it is about being an upstanding member of the community and giving back. When our communities are strengthened, we all are strengthened, and I look forward to contributing to the work the Kansas Bar Foundation is doing to help those in need.”

More information about the Kansas Bar Foundation and these scholarships can be found at www.ksbar.org.