Wicklund '13 Awarded Erin Woolley Scholarship
April 30, 2012
Vermont Law School student Natalie Wicklund '13 has been selected as the second recipient of the Erin Woolley Memorial Scholarship.
The Class of 2010 raised more than $83,000 to create the endowed annual award in the name of Woolley, 26, of Bangor, Maine, who died in 2010 from Hodgkin's lymphoma. She received a JD degree posthumously at commencement in 2010. The amount raised for the scholarship more than doubled the VLS record for class gift funds.
The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year student who has overcome personal adversity, is ranked in the middle of the class and has demonstrated commitment to domestic or international women's or children's issues or is a champion for economic and social justice. Award recipients are selected by the dean of students, the director of financial aid, the dean and a representative of the Class of 2010 or the Student Bar Association.
"Natalie was selected because of her tireless efforts as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence," said Shirley Jefferson, associate dean for Student Affairs and Diversity. "She has been instrumental in organizing a task force on campus to raise awareness and empathy about issues that these survivors have lived through and carry with them each day. Also, the task force plans to cultivate compassion through photo exhibits featuring VLS students expressing support for survivors through imagery and text. Natalie exhibits all the attributes that the Class of 2010 envisioned when creating the Erin Woolley Scholarship."
Wicklund, who received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 2007 and completed graduate coursework in psychology and statistics at Harvard University, is slated to graduate in May 2013 with a JD degree. At VLS, she has been a Schweitzer Fellow, a Merit Scholar, the editor in chief of Hearsay for the VLS Arts & Literature Journal and the faculty hiring representative for the Student Bar Association. She has served on the Take Back the Night Task Force, the executive committee of the Agriculture & Law Conference and as chair of the Farm Bill Working Group for the Food & Agriculture Law Society. She also won the Constitutional Law Brief & Oral Argument Competition.
Last summer, Wicklund was a Legal Fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee for Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where she performed legal research and legislative analysis on issues of policy and law. This summer, she will work for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana on a combined docket of criminal cases, tribal issues and environmental and agricultural disputes. After graduation, she hopes to work in criminal law or agricultural and food law in a government service. Her dream job would be to receive a Presidential Management Fellowship and work for the federal government -- the USDA, DOJ, FDA or EPA -- but she also is considering prosecution or public defense work.