Published: Oct. 27, 2023

Over 40 CU Law students joined The Getches-Wilkinson Center on Thursday, October 26th for a delicious lunch and to hear from current GWC Scholar and Fellows. Information on the various scholarships and fellowships and instructions on how to apply for a Summer 2024 or Academic Year 24/25 Scholarship or Fellowship in Natural Resources, Public Lands and Water Law was shared.

Opportunities highlighted:

The Wyss Scholars Program for U.S. Lands Conservation

The Harrison Fellowship in International Water Law

The Charles N. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship

New in 2023: Conscience Bay Company Western Water Policy Fellowship



Current CU Law students Adam Fischer, Ella Merrill and Sierra Meggitt shared their experiences obtaining funding to promote their future career interests.

Adam Fisher is this year’s Wyss Scholar. Fisher, a JD candidate, is Colorado Law's sixth Wyss Scholar. The Wyss Scholarship, given to one Colorado Law student each year, supports graduate-level education for promising leaders in Western land conservation. Recipients receive generous financial assistance to cover the full cost of one year of law school, as well as funds for internship opportunities, research assistance, and postgraduate support.

Ella Merrill, as a Harrison Fellow, partnered with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, to assist with and write about a series of cases that address the right to clean and accessible drinking water, guaranteed by the South African Constitution. One series of cases addresses decades of mismanagement of the country’s water and sanitation services system, and the numerous human rights fallouts that have resulted. Another series of cases focuses on the way water conservation efforts have led to the displacement of indigenous subsistence fishermen, including several fatal shootings by game rangers.

Sierra Meggitt, as the Charles N. Woodruff Fellow, worked with Western Resource Advocates and the Getches-Wilkinson Center’s Water Fellows on issues surrounding oil shale water rights in Colorado. Additionally, with assistance from the Sandgrund Environmental Law Fellowship, Sierra is worked with American Rivers, conducting research at the intersection of the Antiquities Act, river protection, and tribal co-management.