“Alumna creates scholarship for southwest Kansas students”
A new scholarship fund at the University of Kansas School of Law will help provide opportunities to students from southwest Kansas. Elizabeth Schartz, L’88, has established the Elizabeth A. Schartz Law Scholarship with a $57,500 pledge to KU Endowment. The scholarship fund is intended to support students from less populated areas of the state, with a preference for students who live in or graduated high school in Ford, Finney, Gray or Hodgeman counties.
“I was raised in Cimarron, a small town in Gray County in southwest Kansas. I had the good fortune to know two KU Law graduates, Pat and Phil Ridenour, who practiced in Cimarron and greatly influenced my decision to attend KU Law. I also had the good fortune to receive a university scholarship my first year at the law school for graduates of high schools in Gray County,” Schartz said.
“I wanted to ‘pay forward’ that opportunity by establishing a dedicated law school scholarship for students from rural Kansas, especially those from Gray and the surrounding counties of Ford, Finney and Hodgeman,” she said. “It’s my hope that this scholarship will in some small way reduce the financial burden on students from rural Kansas who are pursuing a law degree from the KU School of Law.”
Schartz is a partner with Thompson & Knight law firm in Dallas, where she represents management in client counseling and litigation of employment and labor law matters. Prior to joining the firm, she completed a judicial clerkship with the Hon. James K. Logan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Schartz is a member of the KU Endowment Board of Trustees and serves on the KU Endowment Governance Committee.