Regent University School of Law recently announced that Leanne Watrous, a member of the University of Virginia Chi Alpha ministry, has been awarded the first Regent Law Chi Alpha Scholarship.
Her scholarship, valued at $26,000 (86 percent of tuition) for the 2009-2010 academic year, is the largest scholarship awarded to date by Regent to a student that meets the scholarship criteria.
"Regent contacted Chi Alpha last fall," says Bob Marks, Chi Alpha Missionary Personnel director. "I believe they want to attract more qualified, Christian applicants to their law school, so they made this [scholarship] proposal to us."
"Students come from across the country to attend Regent," explains Tom Foley, assistant director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Regent University School of Law. "Students who have solid academic credentials and who are strongly committed to their [Christian] faith — these are the kinds of students we're looking for at Regent."
"Leanne has been a part of the ministry since her first year," says Pete Bullette, who pioneered the University of Virginia Chi Alpha eight years ago with his wife Amy. "We have about 300 students in our group, and I haven't seen her since she won the scholarship, but I'm looking forward to hearing her reaction."
According to Marks, the scholarship is renewable every year for Watrous, as long as she maintains a 3.0 law school GPA.
"It is feasible that we'll have several Chi Alpha students on scholarship at Regent Law every year in the future," Marks says. "I am thrilled for Leanne and excited for all of our people out there who are currently in pre-law."
Foley adds that the scholarship is not necessarily limited to just one Chi Alpha student per year. The law school, a three-year program, funds the scholarship as a budgeted item, and currently scholarship money remains for the upcoming academic year.
"If someone else came along, who qualifies, we would consider awarding a second scholarship," Foley says, "as long as they meet the criteria for this merit-based scholarship. The criteria includes affiliation with Chi Alpha, an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and a law school admissions test (LSAT) score of 152 or higher."
Watrous will graduate from the University of Virginia this May, and would begin classes this fall at Regent, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
For more information about Regent see http://www.regent.edu/law. To learn more about Regent Law School and the Chi Alpha scholarship, see http://www.regent.edu/acad/schlaw and search for "Chi Alpha
--Dan Van Veen