John Darko, an LL.M. candidate from Ghana, is on a roll this Fall, winning his second prestigious energy scholarship for the Spring ’10 semester. The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation awarded him a $6,000 scholarship to go along with his $5,000 scholarship from the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators announced in October. Prof. Jacqueline Weaver said Darko, who is concentrating in the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law section, is extremely dedicated to his studies and career.
The Rocky Mountain foundation’s criteria for selection include the “potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law” as well as academic and leadership ability.
The foundation is an educational organization that provides scholarly research of the laws and issues affecting domestic and international mineral and water resources. The group’s goals include supporting scholarly and practical study of the law and applicable regulations relating to oil and gas, mining, water, public land management, land use, conservation, environmental protection and related areas.
His earlier award was among the first-ever awarded by the AIPN. In making the award, members of the association’s education committee noted Darko’s expressed desire “to learn more about how Ghana can avoid the resource curse and use its newly found oil wealth to benefit its people.”