2021-2022 Academic Year Scholarships

The 2021-2022 Scholarship application period is closed. Please check back in December, 2021 for updated information. 


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, 656 scholarships have been awarded, totaling over $3.6 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

When the application form is available you will need to complete the application 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. Application forms will be available in December, 2021. 

Application Deadlines

The completed application form and supporting documents must be submitted by February 28, 2022 for JD Applicants and March 15, 2022 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.  

Application forms will be available in December, 2021.


The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce the recipients of    2021-2022 scholarships awarded by the Foundation’s Scholarships Committee. In addition to the RMMLF Scholarships funded by the Foundation, awards include the Joe Rudd, Frances Hartogh Diversity Outreach (FHDO), Richard H. Bate, Catherine J. Boggs, James M. King, Mary A. Viviano, and Equity and Inclusion Scholarships, which are funded from generous contributions to the Foundation that are restricted for these scholarships.

The Foundation’s scholarships encourage and support well-qualified law students from the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools who have the potential to make significant contributions in natural resources law. Despite the global pandemic and its economic impacts, with the help of our generous contributors, the Foundation is awarding 44 scholarships totaling $276,845 to 36 recipients. To date, the Foundation has awarded 656 scholarships totaling over $3.6 million.

Thirty-six scholars from 13 Constituent Law Schools were awarded scholarships this year:


Joe Rudd Scholarship Awards

Jayce Eadie, University of Calgary
Victoria LaFleur, Texas A&M University
Veronica Shaner, University of Denver

FHDO Scholarship Awards

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

Catherine J. Boggs Scholarship Award

Katia Montesinos, University of Colorado

Richard H. Bate Scholarship Award

Natalie Boldt, University of Denver

James M. King Scholarship Award

Kurt Shanahan, University of Montana

Mary A. Viviano Scholarship Award

Elizabeth Stephani, University of Wyoming

Equity & Inclusion Scholarship Awards

Trevion Freeman, University of Tulsa
Damian Padilla, University of New Mexico

RMMLF Scholarship Awards

Samantha Agnich, Southern Methodist University

Chinonso Anozie, Southern Methodist University

Molly Bannister, University of Calgary

Logan Bell, University of Houston

Natalie Boldt, University of Denver

Valkyrie Buffa, Louisiana State University

Jayce Eadie, University of Calgary

Nicholas Ettinger, University of Calgary

Trevion Freeman, University of Tulsa

Rachel Grabenstein, University of New Mexico

Pillip Hanna, University of Calgary

Amelia Harman, University of Calgary

Holly Hayes, University of Tulsa

Monsuratu Kadiri, University of Calgary

Kseniia Kolontai, University of Texas

Avinash Kowshik, University of Calgary

Victoria LaFleur, Texas A&M University

Erin McKlusky, University of Calgary

Hannah Mink, University of Wyoming

Lucas O’Brien, University of Colorado

Olaitan Oyekunle, University of Calgary

Alexandra Rayment, University of Calgary

Randy Rea, University of Wyoming

Andrew Revelle, University of Utah

Jon Rubottom, University of Tulsa

Oliver Salomon Sotomayor, University of Texas

*Neil Segel, University of Houston

Veronica Shaner, University of Denver

Elizabeth Stephani, University of Wyoming

Akindele Tawoju, University of Calgary

Li (Grace) Tian, University of Calgary

Erik Wallevand, University of North Dakota

Rebecca Wilton, 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