2021-2022 Academic Year Scholarships

The 2021-2022 Scholarship application period is now OPEN. Please check below for the updated application.


The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation has a number of scholarship programs: Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1979 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska; RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993; Frances Hartogh Diversity Outreach Scholarships (FHDOS); the Richard H. Bate Scholarship; the Catherine J. Boggs Scholarship; the James M. King Scholarship; the Mary A. Viviano Scholarship, and the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship. One RMMLF Scholarship award is the David P. Phillips Scholarship, named in honor of the Foundation’s Executive Director who retired in 2012 after leading the Foundation for 42 years. To date, 612 scholarships have been awarded, totaling over $3.4 million. 

Students may complete one application that covers each of these programs, although students should pay special attention to the criteria for each scholarship and address those criteria in the application, if applicable.  The General Criteria apply to all of our scholarship programs, but certain scholarships, other than the RMMLF scholarships, may have additional criteria. In addition to the Joe Rudd, RMMLF, Richard Bate, Catherine Boggs, and Mary Viviano tuition-only scholarships, eligible students may also apply for the FHDOS award, which can be used for funding the applicant’s living expenses – see the Scholarships application form for more information. “Race, Ethnicity, and Natural Resources in the United States: A Review,” by John Schelhas, may be viewed here.) 



For most scholarships, a law student who is enrolled full time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools and can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply. LLM students and incoming 1Ls who have applied to one of these schools but have not yet been accepted may also apply. Unlike our other scholarships, the new Equity and Inclusion Scholarships are available to full time Black and Indigenous JD students whether or not they are attending a Constituent Law School so long as their school is accredited. 

Scholarship Amounts

Fall, spring, and full-year scholarships may cover partial or full tuition. Recent awards have ranged from $1,000 to $15,000. Tuition scholarships must be used at, and will be paid directly to, the student's law school.

Award Process

Applications are evaluated and awards are made by the Foundation’s Scholarships Committees according to the following criteria:

  • Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law
  • Academic ability
  • Leadership ability
  • Year in law school
  • Financial need

Application Process

Complete the application form in its entirety and submit the application and all applicable attachments to You should receive an email confirming receipt of your documents within two business days. If you do not, please call RMMLF at 303-321-8100 and ask for Jaleen Edwards or Deanna Crowe. If you are only applying for the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship you may use a shorter form. See below. 

Application Deadlines

The completed application form and supporting documents must be submitted by February 28, 2021 for JD Applicants and March 14, 2021 for LLM/SJD Applicants. Students enrolled in a combined JD/Masters programs must  observe the JD Application deadline. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

The Equity and Inclusion Scholarship

The Equity and Inclusion Scholarship was established in 2020, and will be awarded to one or two JD applicants who meet the General Criteria and who identify as either Black or Indigenous (including Native American and First Nation). To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be enrolled full time at an accredited law school but need not be attending a Constituent Law School. A student must demonstrate serious and diligent pursuit of academic achievement. Other criteria include leadership ability, year in law school, and financial need.  

Click Here To Learn More and Use the Short Application to Apply


The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 Joe Rudd, FHDOS, Richard H. Bate, Catherine J. Boggs, and RMMLF Scholarships, including the David P. Phillips Scholarship.

These tuition scholarships encourage and support well-qualified law students from the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools who have the potential to make significant contributions to scholarship in the field of natural resources law. To date, 612 scholarships have been awarded, totaling over $3.4 million.

Twenty-two scholars from 10 Constituent Law Schools were awarded scholarships this year:

Joe Rudd Scholarship Awards

Austin Sevalrud, University of Calgary
Desiree Smith, Washburn University

FHDO Scholarship Awards

Holly Hayes, University of Tulsa
Alexandra Rayment, University of Calgary

Richard H. Bate Scholarship Award

Natalie Boldt, University of Denver

Catherine J. Boggs Scholarship Award

Martine Ventello, University of Denver

RMMLF Scholarship Awards

Chinonso Anozie, Southern Methodist University
Allison Barnwell, University of Montana
Nielsen Beatty, University of Calgary
Natalie Boldt, University of Denver
Robert D'Andrea, University of Utah
Nicholas Ettinger, University of Calgary
Rachel Grabenstein, University of New Mexico
*Trevor Gruwell, University of Utah
Phillip Hanna, University of Calgary
Danielle Hartley, University of Denver
Holly Hayes, University of Tulsa
Tyler Laudick, Washburn University
Katherine Marshall, University of Minnesota
Erin McKlusky, University of Calgary
Benjamin Moore, Southern Methodist University
Cole Morgan, University of Utah
Vitus Ngaanuma, University of Calgary
Olaitan Oyekunle, University of Texas
Natalie Pedroza, University of Tulsa
William Shelden, University of Tulsa
Desiree Smith, Washburn University
Zach Wright, University of Minnesota

*David P. Phillips Scholarship

The Foundation congratulates the awardees and thanks all of the applicants for their interest and efforts!  

If you would like to support and/or learn more about the Foundation and its programs, contact the Foundation at 303-321-8100 or