PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that its Public Service Scholarship has been equally divided between two outstanding first year students at the WVU College of Law, both of whom are from right here in West Virginia. James Jolly, the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Law School provided us with the following information about these two exemplary individuals.
Emily’s passion for the law grew out of her experience as an undergraduate summer volunteer for Legal Aid of West Virginia in Martinsburg. There, she says, she was exposed “to the difficulties and rewards of a legal career in public service. Many clients expressed to me their highly challenging or delicate situations, and in many cases, they felt they had no hope.” By her second summer of volunteering for Legal Aid, Emily decided to focus her
law career in Berkeley County. At WVU Law, she is working towards a dual degree J.D. and Master’s in Public Administration. Emily earned her BA in Political Science and Philosophy in 2018 from WVU as a Presidential Honors Scholar. She is from Gerrardstown, WV.
Hannah is drawn to public interest law because of what she has witnessed while working as a legal intern for Allison Taylor Law in Fayette and Nicholas counties. In her scholarship application, Hannah wrote “I am fully committed to defending the rights of my future clients while working diligently to assist our legislators in understanding and allocating resources to effectively address the root of the many challenges our state faces.” Hannah has worked as a Whitewater Rafting Guide and a Ski Patroller. She is a licensed substitute teacher in Fayette County and certified as an Outdoor Emergency Care Technician and a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Hannah earned her BS in Animal and Nutritional Science from WVU in 2013. She is from Fayetteville, WV. For the past seven years, the Public Service Scholarship has been awarded to WVLaw students who have an interest in public service legal work and demonstrate a commitment in that area of the law. For this current academic year, College of Law Dean Greg Bowman, a Bar Foundation Fellow, recommended that the full scholarship be divided between two worthy students. We wish the very best to Emily and Hannah as they pursue their law degrees. We thank YOU for your support which enables these scholarship grants to be made to improve the administration of justice in WV!