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Nov. 5, 2008
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, (785) 864-9205.

Law school honors new Rice scholars and more than 130 scholarship recipients

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From left: Ashly LoBurgio Basgall, Joseph Jarvis, Kristen Koenen, Nathan Michel and Evan North

LAWRENCE — Five first-year law students at the University of Kansas have been selected for the prestigious Rice Scholar Program, which offers full tuition scholarships to Kansas residents who have outstanding academic records and proven leadership ability.

The 2008-09 Rice scholars are Ashly LoBurgio Basgall of Great Bend, Joseph Jarvis of Lenexa, Kristen Koenen of Lenexa, Nathan Michel of Dodge City and Evan North of Lenexa.

They were recognized during an Oct. 23 scholarship reception, as were the more than 130 recipients of law school scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.

Faculty members select Rice scholars from the pool of first-year law students based on merit, as evidenced by undergraduate academic achievement, Law School Admission Test score and record of leadership. The scholarship is renewable in the students’ second and third years of law school if they maintain a minimum grade-point average.

Trustees of the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation and former dean Martin Dickinson created the Rice Scholar Program in 1979 to honor the Rices and pay tribute to Raymond Rice’s dedication to scholarship, the legal profession and the KU School of Law. Since then, 145 outstanding Kansans have become Rice scholars.

Following his graduation from the KU School of Law in 1908, Raymond Rice became known as one of the great corporate lawyers in the country, with clients in Chicago and New York. Closer to home, he became general counsel for the Kansas Electric Power Co., forerunner of Kansas Power and Light. A member of the law school faculty from 1913 to 1926, Rice served on the Kansas Board of Law Examiners for 26 years and reviewed thousands of candidates for admission to practice. Throughout his life, Rice dedicated himself to the highest standards of the legal profession and to public service.

The scholarship funds are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

The new Rice scholars are listed below by their hometowns.

From Great Bend
Ashly LoBurgio Basgall, who earned a bachelor’s from KU in 2001, spent the spring studying Italian at il Centro Linguistico di Ateneo in Lecce, Italy. She will receive a master’s in anthropology from the University of Wyoming in December.

From Dodge City
A Baker University alumnus, Nathan Michel previously interned for a lobbyist law firm and is interested in legislative and commercial applications of a legal education.

From Lenexa
A KU graduate, Joseph Jarvis worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., for four years and for the 2002 campaign of U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

Kristen Koenen, a graduate of Benedictine College, spent the summer of 2007 living in New York City interning for fashion designer Donna Karan. At the KU law school, she is a student ambassador and a member of Women in Law and Phi Alpha Delta, a professional law fraternity.

Evan North joined Teach for America after graduating from Northwestern University and was an elementary school teacher in the South Bronx in New York. He also worked for a charter school in Harlem before coming to law school at KU, where he is a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board.

All law scholarship recipients are listed below by Kansas county, state or country.


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