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Three High School Seniors Selected for Mathis, Marifian & Richter Law Scholarship Award

The law firm Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), today awarded the recipients of the firm’s 2014 Law Scholarship Award.

MMR Law Scholarship

 From back row left to right: Jacob Veitch (recipient), Brian (BJ) Ray (recipient), Kevin J. Stine (shareholder), Gregory W. Coffey (shareholder), Patrick B. Mathis (shareholder), Rachel Mueller (recipient), Deanna L. Litzenburg (shareholder)

Belleville, IL., July 28, 2014. . .

Okawville High School senior, Rachel Mueller, Althoff Catholic High School senior, Brian (BJ) Ray, Jr., and Edwardsville High School senior, Jacob Veitch, each received $1,000 scholarships from MM&R. All three students are planning to pursue legal careers and applied for the scholarships through a nomination process open to all high school seniors in St. Clair, Madison and Washington Counties.

Mueller, who will be enrolled at Johns Hopkins University in the fall, was selected to receive the scholarship based on her exemplary academic career, community volunteerism and involvement in extracurricular activities throughout her high school career. Mueller maintained a 3.92 GPA while participating in numerous organized activities, including the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper and yearbook, Model United Nations, Tri-M, National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, Mu Alpha Theta and Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE). She also was a nominee for the Presidential Scholars.  Outside of school, Mueller was an assistant coach to the junior high track team, and she actively volunteers her time to support area non-profit organizations and those in need.

Ray of Althoff Catholic High School maintained a 3.79 GPA throughout his high school. He will be attending Lindenwood University in St. Charles in the fall. He is recognized as a member of the National Honor Society and served as the vice president of Crusaders Against Alcohol and Drugs. He placed first in a math team contest, and received a medal for top five high game in the area for bowling. Ray was consistently on the honor roll all four years of his high school career.

Veitch, who will be attending the University of Maryland in the fall, graduated from Edwardsville High School this year.  He earned a 4.7174 GPA and was ranked 3 out of 547 students in his class.  Veitch was an active band member and participated in numerous school activities such as Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Student Leadership Conference and Premier Illinois Boys State.  Additionally, he volunteered his time as an assistant coach and moderator for the Liberty Middle School Scholastic Bowl Team as well as at the Edwardsville Library, Rosewood Nursing Home and for the National Honor Society (After Prom Committee, Caution for the Case Committee, Veteran’s Day Carnival Committee).  

The law scholarship recipients are chosen based on a number of qualifications.  Applicants had to be a current high school senior, planning a career as an attorney, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, achieve an ACT score of at least 26 or SAT of at least 1180, rank in the upper 25th percentile of the graduating class and be involved in extracurricular activities.  The selection process involved a comprehensive review of all applicants by MM&R attorneys who weighed other factors such as essay, high school achievements and teacher/school recommendations.  

Kevin Richter, shareholder of MM&R, states, “We were extremely impressed by the exemplary academic and community accomplishments of these high school seniors. We applaud their ambition and determination to become a part of the legal society.”

This is the 15th year that MM&R has awarded scholarships to local high school students.  Shareholders of the firm established the scholarship as a means to encourage and assist students in pursuing a legal career.


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