Utah Law raises over $10,000 for Native student scholarships

Mar 16, 2022 | Alumni

Alumni, donors, and supporters of the S.J. Quinney College of Law recently raised over $10,000 for the David Arapene Cuch Endowed Scholarship Fund, a scholarship specifically for Native students.

David Arapene Cuch was believed to be the first Ute Indian to attend law school. He was in his third year at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law when he tragically passed away. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Cuch also worked as a coordinator for a social justice nonprofit group, an assistant teacher in Salt Lake City and a summer camp youth counselor. During law school, he worked for the Legal Defender Association and Salt Lake Legal Issues.

The David Arapene Cuch Endowed Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial support to native students who follow Cuch’s path by attending law school at the U.

Dan Johnson, Forrest Cuch, the Utah Tribal Relief Fund, and Randall Tolpinrud with the Pax Natura Foundation sponsored a $5,500 match for this scholarship during the recent U Giving Day to help each donation go further. More alumni, donors, and supporters came together to raise a total of $10,000 for this important scholarship.

Native Americans are severely underrepresented in the legal field, and yet the law is intrinsically tied to many of the challenges that their communities face today. The S.J. Quinney College of Law is proud to provide legal education opportunities that support aspiring Native lawyers.