Deadlines for 2018-2019 Academic Year

Scholarships:  February 28, 2018 (JD students)   March 15, 2018 (LLM/SJD students) 

Download the application form (in Word or PDF format).

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation has two Scholarship Programs: the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1979 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska; and the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993. 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, 519 scholarships have been awarded, totaling over $2.7 million. 


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.

Scholarship Amounts

Fall, spring, and full-year scholarships may cover partial or full tuition. Recent awards have ranged from $1,000 to $10,500. Tuition scholarships must be used at, and will be paid directly to, one of the Constituent Law Schools.

Award Process

Applications are evaluated and awards are made by the Foundation’s Scholarships Committee 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

Download the application form (in Word or PDF format). Please email the complete application form and supporting documents to

Application Deadlines

The completed application form and supporting documents must be received by February 28 (JD students) and March 15 (LLM students).

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

Joe Rudd Scholarship Awards*

  • Daniel Kirksey, Washburn University
  • Calvin McKnight, University of Houston
  • Randi Rymut, University of Tulsa

RMMLF Scholarship Awards*

  • Adam Ahnhut, Southern Methodist University
  • Hasan Alaz, Southern Methodist University
  • Solomon Amoateng, University of Alberta
  • Emma Banfield, University of Alberta
  • Adolfo Blonval, University of Arizona
  • Kane Cassil, University of Oklahoma**
  • Valerie Chartier-Hogancamp, Florida State University
  • Taylor Courtade, Southern Methodist University
  • Patrick Dean, Texas A&M University
  • Grace Dickson, Southern Methodist University
  • Tshering Dolkar, Lewis & Clark
  • Sydney Donovan, University of Denver
  • Tyler Eastman, Lewis & Clark
  • Erik Edison, University of North Dakota
  • Britten Hepworth, University of Utah
  • Thomas Kessinger, University of Utah
  • Daniel Kirksey, Washburn University
  • Madeleine Lewis, University of Wyoming
  • Nils Lofgren, University of Utah
  • Calvin McKnight, University of Houston
  • Joseph O'Connell, Southern Methodist University
  • Benjamin Parsalaw, University of Arizona
  • Megan Romano, University of Wyoming
  • Joel Rose, University of Arizona
  • Randi Rymut, University of Tulsa
  • Hector Sanchez, University of Texas
  • Selena Sauer, University of New Mexico
  • Katherine Saunders, University of California-Davis
  • Kelli Schermerhorn, University of Denver
  • Nicole Swafford, University of Idaho
  • Nawzad Yasin, Southern Methodist University

* These tuition scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled at RMMLF Constituent Law Schools, and are paid directly to the schools.

** David P. Phillips Scholarship Award

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