Kansas Bar Foundation
Scholarship Recipients


2018-19 School Year

 

Equal Justice Scholarship – $1,500

Bruce Kent Memorial Scholarship – $1,000

Emily J. Young
Washburn University School of Law

Originally from Syracuse, Kan., Young earned a B.S. in physics prior to attending law school. She previously clerked for ABS Legal Advocates in Lawrence, where she helped with veteran's disability claims. This summer she will clerk for Unite Private Networks in Kansas City, Mo. Last fall, she participated on Washburn’s Negotiation Team at the regional competition. This May, she is expecting her first child and plans on practicing in Kansas following graduation.

“I am extremely grateful to be selected as this year’s recipient of the Equal Justice Scholarship and the Bruce W. Kent Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships ease the financial strain of law school and show the support Kansas Bar Foundation provides to Kansas law students. I am committed to staying in Kansas and hope to serve those that helped make my success possible.”

Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship - $1,000

Philip D. Depew
Washburn University School of Law

Depew, of Neodesha, is in his second year at Washburn University School of Law. Depew graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology and minors in Business and Classical Antiquity. Depew was selected to participate in the Dane G. Hansen Foundation Rural Externship program at Washburn Law School and worked this past summer in Colby under the supervision of attorney Chris Rohr on a variety of legal matters. Depew serves as the Marshal for the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity at Washburn. After graduation and passing the bar exam, Depew is likely to join his father, Douglas D. Depew, in the practice of law in Neodesha, where both his grandfather, Harry Depew, and his uncle, Dennis D. Depew, also practiced law.

“I am honored and thankful to be selected by the Kansas Bar Foundation for the Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship. Judge Rogers set an outstanding standard for attorneys and judges in Kansas to follow.”

Case Moses & Zimmerman P.A. Law Student Scholarship - $1,000

Susan M. Locke
Washburn University School of Law

Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Locke moved to Kansas to work on a master’s degree in Leadership. In the spring of 2019, she will compete on the TYLA Trial Advocacy Team and Moot Court Team as well as mentor incoming students as a study group leader. She plans to clerk for Hinkle Law, LLC. in Wichita this summer. When not in Topeka attending classes, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons on her ranch in Butler County.

"I am immensely grateful to the Kansas Bar Foundation for its support and advocacy of the legal profession. The Foundation recognizes the importance of quality education as well as financial well being. Being awarded the Case, Moses, & Zimmerman Scholarship is not only an honor for me, but is also a reflection of the support I have received from my family, friends and Washburn University School of Law. I hope I am able to reciprocate the generosity and support to law students in the future."

The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award - $1,000

  Jeff Pike
Washburn University School of Law

Pike was born and raised in Great Bend, Kan., and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Kansas State University. A third-year student at Washburn University School of Law, Pike spent both of his summers in law school clerking at Martin Pringle in Wichita and has accepted an offer to work at Martin Pringle after graduation.

“So many people have helped make my success possible and almost all of them have one thing in common—they’re Kansans. I am proud to be a born and raised Kansan, and I look forward to the chance to make a positive impact on this state as a member of the legal community. Thank you, Kansas Bar Foundation, for your generous support during my time in law school.”

Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship - $2,300

Alexander Rindels
University of Kansas School of Law

Rindels grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., before moving to Oklahoma City prior to high school. He graduated in 2014 with a B.S.B.A. from Oklahoma State University. Following graduation, he worked as a financial planner in the Washington, D.C. area. Rindels is a 3L in the JD/MBA program at the University of Kansas. He currently lives in Wichita with his wife and will work as a law clerk for the Hon. Eric Melgren following graduation.

“I’m very grateful to the Kansas Bar Foundation for awarding me the Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship. I cannot express enough how much your financial support means to me. It will have a tremendously positive impact on my life. I plan to emulate your generosity in the future.”

Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship - $1,00

Lathrop Gage Student Scholarship - $2,000

Elias Underwood
Washburn University School of Law

Underwood, a 3L, grew up in Lenexa, Kan. He attended the University of Kansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2012. Afterward, Underwood obtained his CPA and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kansas City for close to four years before returning to school at Washburn Law. Following graduation, Underwood will be joining Foulston Siefkin LLP as an associate in their Wichita office.

“I am honored to have been selected as the recipient of multiple Kansas Bar Foundation scholarships. This generosity will significantly reduce the financial burden of my final semester of law school. I want to thank everyone who made these awards possible and I look forward to joining such an esteemed legal community in the near future.”

Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship Award - $2,000

  Taylon Sumners
Washburn University School of Law

Sumners was born and raised in Aurora, Mo. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, then came back to Missouri to work as a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise. She started law school last January, and became involved with Women's Legal Forum as the Outreach Coordinator and studied abroad with five of her J-Section classmates the following summer. She also studied abroad in Nuremberg, Germany where she learned about international criminal law and the impact of the holocaust on the law by visiting the International Criminal Court, Courtroom 600, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. After volunteering to teach inmates in a maximum security state penitentiary, studying abroad, and working at a firm that specialized in criminal law, she became passionate about criminal law. Sumners plans to pursue a career in criminal law upon graduation.

“I cannot fully express how grateful I am to have been chosen as a recipient of the Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship. Additionally, thank you to the Kansas Bar Foundation and all of the donors whose financial support will do wonders for all recipients in furthering their legal careers.”

Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship - $1,000

Sussana Ampem
Washburn University School of Law

As a non-traditional law student, Ampem moved to Kansas from Virginia after working for a few years as an adjunct and then a legal assistant. She values the variety of experiences and opportunities that have helped direct her career path in Kansas. This includes a legal internship at Kansas Public Employees Retirement System as well as judicial externships with the Hon. Kathryn A. Gardner and the Hon. Anthony J. Powell of the Court of Appeals. She was also a legal intern at the Washburn Law Small Business and Nonprofit Transactional Law Clinic where she received a student practice permit and provided legal services to members of the community who are engaged in starting non-profits and small businesses.

"I am incredibly honored to be a recipient of the Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship. I would like to thank the Capitol Federal Foundation and the Kansas Bar Foundation for this generous award. This scholarship goes beyond financial assistance. It provides me with the opportunity to participate in the KBA Diversity Committee and contribute an article to the KBA Journal regarding diversity and inclusion matters in the legal profession. I am particularly grateful for the support and encouragement I have received as a student and look forward to becoming a practicing member of the Kansas Bar Association."

The Frank M. Rice Scholarship - $6,000

  Jennifer Salva
Washburn University School of Law

Originally from Sugar Creek, Mo., Salva and her family moved to Olathe, in 1999 so her sister—who has profound disabilities and deafness—could have better educational resources and attend Kansas School for the Deaf. Salva became an advocate for her sister’s social, educational and employment needs, and plans to share those skills in her career as an attorney. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, a 3L at Washburn University School of Law and former editor of the Kansas Bar Association Journal. She has enjoyed her federal judicial externships with the Hon. Julie A. Robinson (U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas) and the Hon. Nancy Moritz (United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit) and will serve as a term clerk with Judge Robinson in 2019-20. Following her clerkship, Jennifer will join the business litigation practice group with Lathrop Gage, Kansas City.

"Kansas Bar Foundation scholarships have been an incredible honor and tremendous blessing during my career as a law student at Washburn Law. The support of the Kansas Bar Association and Foundation have helped open doors for me in my legal career. I look forward to becoming more involved with the KBA and KBF as I begin my practice to help open doors for future law students, too.”

The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship - $2,000

  Kacey Scott
Washburn University School of Law

Scott, a 3L at Washburn University School of Law, was raised in the rural town of Stockton. She attended Fort Hays State University where she earned a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. After her 1L year, Scott was a legal extern in Hays for Herman Law Office, P.A., as a part of Washburn Law’s Dane G. Hansen Rural Externship Program. Last summer, Scott was a law clerk for Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC, in Wichita. Currently, Scott is the executive editor of the Washburn Law Journal.

"I am honored to be selected as this year’s recipient of the John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship. This scholarship allows me to focus on my studies and to better prepare to be an effective advocate for others. I am so thankful for this opportunity and for donors that make law school possible for students like me."

Scholarship Descriptions

Equal Justice Scholarship$1,500

The scholarship will be used to promote the practice of law in the state of Kansas by annually awarding funds to a female student and single parent attending the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law to assist with the costs of tuition or costs associated with attending law school. The student must be a 2L or 3L and a Kansas resident. The student must intend to practice in Kansas and have demonstrated volunteer involvement in community activities or law school activities. Financial need is a factor and should be illustrated in the application.


Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship$500

This law student scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding $500.00 to a third-year law student attending Washburn University School of Law and $500.00 to a third-year law student attending the University of Kansas School of Law. Each scholarship will be awarded to a law student who has demonstrated a bona fide intention of practicing in the state of Kansas. Applicants must exhibit exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the law student's school and broader legal community. Preferred candidates will be student members of the Kansas Bar Association. Winners will be expected to author an 850-word article about diversity and inclusion matters in the legal profession and justice system to be published in the Diversity Corner for the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association. Winners will be invited to attend the Kansas Bar Foundation Court Appreciation Dinner in February and to become a member of the KBA Diversity Committee. Applicants must submit a completed application, a letter of intention, a current resume, and an abstract of the applicant's proposed article for submission in the Diversity Corner not to exceed 300 words.


Case, Moses & Zimmerman, P.A. Law Student Scholarship$1,000

This law student scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding a law student attending the University of Kansas School of Law, Washburn University School of Law, Creighton University Law School or Oklahoma City University School of Law an annual scholarship of $1,000.00. The scholarship is awarded to a second year law student who has demonstrated a bona fide intention of practicing in the state of Kansas. Applicants must exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives as demonstrated in application materials. Applicants must submit this application, a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation; these may include a letter from a professor. An award will be based on student participation in law school, community activities, financial need and academic achievement. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The Frank Rice Scholarship$6,000

The Rice Scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by annually awarding funds to a student attending the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law to assist with the costs of tuition. The scholarship is intended to help law students become lawyers in the mold of Frank Rice who was “among the finest…in the Bar. He was at the top of his class…and always applied the highest level of legal scholarship to any legal matter in which he was involved.” The recipient must have been admitted to law school and must be a Kansas resident.


The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award$1,000

This law student scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas. The award shall be provided to a law student attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn Law School who is committed to practicing law in the state. Applicants must submit this application, a letter of intention, and letters of recommendation from two KBA members; these may include a letter from a professor if a member of the KBA. An award will be based on merit and recommendations rather than financial need.


The Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship$2,000

This scholarship shall be given to a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Because community service is extremely important to the Hinkle law firm, applicants must also demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. Applicants also should exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives as demonstrated in application materials and letters of recommendation. Applicants must submit this application and letters of recommendation from two KBA members; these may include a letter from a professor if a member of the KBA. An award will be based in large part upon the student's merit or recommendation rather than financial need. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The Lathrop & Gage Student Scholarship$2,000

This scholarship shall be given to a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Applicants must demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. Applicants also should exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives as demonstrated in application materials and letters of recommendation. Applicants must submit this application, a letter of intention, and letters of recommendation from two KBA members; these may include a letter from a professor if a member of the KBA. An award will be based in large part upon the student's merit and recommendations rather than financial need. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Award$1,000

This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding a law student, originally from Kansas and attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn Law School an annual scholarship. The award recipient must have completed no less than 60 hours towards a law degree and must plan to practice in a rural Kansas area, preferably western Kansas. Applicants must submit this application, a letter of intention and letters of recommendation from two KBA members; these may include a letter from a professor if a member of the KBA. An award will be based on merit and professor recommendation rather than financial need. In addition, an award recipient's spouse, if any, shall remain gainfully employed during the award recipient's pursuit of a law degree.

The Frank Norton Scholarship*$2,000

This scholarship is available exclusively to Washburn law students in their second or third year of study who are NOT receiving any other scholarship support. Applicants must submit this application and letters of recommendation from two KBA members; these may include a letter from a professor if a member of the KBA. An award will be based on financial need and merit.

Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship*$1,000

The scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by annually awarding funds to a student attending Washburn University School of Law to assist with the costs of tuition. The student must have been admitted to law school and must be a Kansas resident, preferably from a rural community. Preference will be given to applicants who have displayed perseverance in the pursuit of a legal education, and who share the passion for the law with the late Judge Rogers, a passion as exemplified in community or pro bono service.


The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship*$2,000

This scholarship will be given to any law student attending the Washburn University School of Law. Preferred candidates will have an interest in plaintiff's work as well as a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas, exhibit professionalism and high character in their academic and personal lives and demonstrate participation in school and community activities. Applicants must submit this application, a letter of intention, and two letters of recommendation. An award will be based in large part upon a student's financial need. Students of culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Bruce Kent Memorial Scholarship*$1,000

The scholarship will be used to promote the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding funds to a student attending Washburn University School of Law. Applicants must have completed their first year of law school and rank in the upper 50% of their class. Preference will be given to students who wish to enter private practice and or intend to practice in communities of central or western Kansas.