Metallurgical engineering graduate awarded diversity scholarship for law school

Moriah S. Smoot, a law student from Mansfield, Texas, has been awarded the 2017 Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship.

The $5,000 scholarship will be provided to her for use during the Fall 2017 semester at The University of Alabama School of Law. Smoot graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in materials and metallurgical engineering from The University of Alabama in 2016.

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be a minority law students who has shown leadership and civic participation, has strong communication and writing abilities, is committed to pursuing a career in intellectual property law and is enrolled in an American Bar Association-accredited law school in the United States.

Smoot was selected for the scholarship by Banner & Witcoff Ltd., a national intellectual property law firm that procures, enforces and litigates intellectual property rights throughout the world.

Donald W. Banner was a U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks and a leader in the field of patent law who established and led multiple patent, trademark and property law associations.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s fully accredited College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.