Apr 9, 2010    #040
Contact: Laura Byerley
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UMKC School of Law names Davidson and Miller Scholars

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law recently awarded two merit-based full-tuition scholarships. For the fall 2010 semester, Nick (Nicholas) Beydler was selected as UMKC's first Davidson Scholar and Katie (Catherine) Wiehl was named the Miller Scholar.

Each student receives full tuition, books, a free UMKC bar preparation course and tuition to attend a UMKC summer abroad program in China or Ireland. As long as the recipients meet specified academic standards, they will receive the awards throughout their law school educations.

As the Davidson and Miller Scholars, Beydler and Wiehl are expected to assume leadership roles in and outside the classroom. This might include writing for one of the law school's three journals; acting as teaching assistants; participating in Moot Court or on one of the School's other award-winning competition teams in trial advocacy, negotiation or client counseling; and becoming active members of one or more of the school's student organizations.

Julian Klein Davidson graduated from the Kansas City School of Law (now UMKC School of Law) in 1905 with his LL.B. His only child, Mary Elizabeth (now Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen), established the scholarship to honor his memory by assisting an outstanding student with his or her legal education.

Since 1967, the late Jack and Helyn Miller gave funds through the Miller Foundation to programs that assisted families, social welfare, the arts and education. The Jack and Helyn Miller Scholars program recognizes students who have the potential to be major contributors to the School of Law, the profession and the community.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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