May 21, 2018 - Two University of Houston Law Center students, Chantal Carriere and Sancy Lenoble Matschinga, recently received the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic school year.
Recipients of the scholarship have previously expressed an interest in energy and natural resources law. The award is given to students who have the potential to make a significant impact in the field.
"Receiving this scholarship was an unexpected blessing," Carriere said. "Not only does the scholarship ease the financial stress of law school, more importantly it opens up networking opportunities in the North American energy industry, helping to bridge the transition between the end of law school and the beginning of my career."
Carriere is in the international Energy Lawyers Program, a joint program between the University of Calgary and the University of Houston that allows students to complete a Canadian and an American law degree in four years. After graduating in 2019, Carriere plans to certify in Texas and Alberta and will work towards developing an international energy practice.
Matschinga, an attorney admitted to the Paris bar in France, is the second scholarship recipient who will be enrolled in the UHLC's LL.M. program in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law starting this fall. He said receiving the scholarship is important to him as he aims to increase his knowledge in natural resources law in a North American context.
"I am honored to receive the prestigious Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship," Matschinga said. "This scholarship is very helpful for financial support and a major incentive for me to pursue the LL.M. in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law at the Law Center. This will help me to capitalize on my work experience to develop comparative approaches between America and Africa, and strengthen my expertise in African mining and natural resources law.
"Being a recipient of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship is also a fantastic opportunity to join the organization's incredible network of professionals working in natural resources, an essential key to thrive in my legal career."