2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients

As part of its mission to foster the study of energy and mineral law, the EMLF annually awards scholarships to students attending EMLF member law schools. Composed of law professors and practicing attorneys, the scholarship committee has the difficult task of choosing the recipients from a number of qualified applicants representing member law schools. The students were selected by the Scholarship Committee, comprised of: Nicolle Bagnell, Reed Smith; Buzz Bellville, Appalachian School of Law; Dick Emens, Emens Wolper; Frank Harrington, Alpha Metallurgical Resources; Melanie Kilpatrick, Williams Kilpatrick; Blake Klinkner, Washburn University; Tom Lane, Bowles Rice; Joseph Reinhart, Babst Calland; and Ernest Smith, University of Texas. Joe Reinhart chaired the committee this year.

EMLF Law Student Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year totaled $29,000, and were awarded to 11 students. Unless noted, all awards are from the general scholarship fund. To date, over $700,000 in scholarships has been awarded.  Applications are solicited from member law schools in the spring of each year.

Keeleigh Utt

Keeleigh Utt

Winston Salem, NC native Keeleigh Utt - recipient of Mary Sue Schulberg and EMLF General Fund scholarships for 2021-2022 - is in her third year at West Virginia University College of Law. Utt said by nature she is advocate for the underserved and underrepresented. Her...

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Helen ‘Lizzy’ McEntire

Helen ‘Lizzy’ McEntire

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient and Lawrence, KS native Helen 'Lizzy' McEntire is in her third year at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS. McEntire, the daughter of two attorneys and a descendant of a long line of government officials, says her...

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Logan Leftwich

Logan Leftwich

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient and Chesapeake, VA native Logan Leftwich is in his third year at Appalachian School of Law (ASL) in Grundy, VA. Leftwich says he began exploring natural resource law when he joined the Energy and Mineral Law Society and...

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Marissa Del Turco

Marissa Del Turco

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient and Denver native Marissa Del Turco is a first-generation college graduate paying her own way through law school. She's in her third year at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University (LSU). Since she's been old...

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Samantha Agnich

Samantha Agnich

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient Samantha Agnich, of Dallas is entering her third year at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Her interest in natural resource law was inspired by her late great grandfather, Ted Agnich, a member of the Texas...

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Gabrielle Englander

Gabrielle Englander

Mary Sue Schulberg and EMLF General Fund scholarships recipient Gabrielle Englander is a third-year student at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA. Growing up on the sandy beaches of Florida and a member of a family of engineers, Englander said her interest in...

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Valkyrie Buffa

Valkyrie Buffa

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient Valkyrie Buffa, of Colorado Springs, CO is in her third year at Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University. Buffa is a first-generation law student in the top 25 percent of her class. She was raised by a single...

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Mack Dowiak

Mack Dowiak

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient Mack Dowiak resides in Wexford, Pa., and is in his third year at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He was in high school when the Marcellus Shale boom struck in southwestern Pennsylvania. As he watched the drilling...

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Brielle McKinlay

Brielle McKinlay

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient Brielle McKinlay is a native of Geraldine, Montana and is in her third year at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. Growing up where natural resources are abundant, McKinlay said she became fascinated by energy when her...

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Madison Hinkle

Madison Hinkle

James H. Davis and Cabot scholarships recipient Madison Hinkle, of Morgantown, WV, is a third-year law student at West Virginia University College of Law. Hinkle says her passion for the environment developed growing up on the eastern panhandle. “From nature camp as a...

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Chinonso Anozie

Chinonso Anozie

EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient Chinonso Anozie of Dallas is a graduate student at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He grew up in southeastern Nigeria, where he began his education and law career. As a child, he watched his mother cook...

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