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 University’s Graduate School
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.
Garr Cutler Energy Award
Garr Cutler Energy Awards are made annually by the University of Utah Graduate School from an endowment established by Dr. Garr Cutler of Eugene, Oregon. The Cutler Award is granted for a paper submitted by a graduate student or a student enrolled in a professional school or college at the University which makes a significant contribution in the area of energy policy, including ecological, sociological, and legal matters.
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.
Judge Rulon W. Clark Fellowship
The Judge Rulon W. Clark Fellowship, a one-year award ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, is awarded to LL.M. candidates who have demonstrated proficiency in natural resources law and the ability to make a significant contribution to the law in this area.
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 in 1994 by Neil R. Mitchell 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.
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.
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.