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BELLEVILLE, IL., July 2, 2013. . . The law firm Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MMR), today announced the recipients of the firm’s 2013 Law Scholarship Award. Belleville East senior Patrick Smith and O’Fallon Township High School senior Jacob Warren each received $1,000 scholarships from MMR. The students are both planning to pursue legal careers and applied for the scholarships through a nomination process open to all high school seniors in St. Clair and Madison Counties.

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Pictured (LtoR): Attorney Mark Stegman, Patrick Smith, Jacob Warren, attorney George Marifian and attorney Deanna Litzenburg at a recent luncheon in honor of the law scholarship recipients.

Smith, who will be enrolled at the University of Kentucky in the fall, was selected to receive the scholarship based on his exemplary academic career, community volunteerism and involvement in extracurricular activities throughout his high school career. Smith maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in sports and numerous organized activities, including the basketball team, student council, Spanish club, Spanish Honor Society, English Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Octagon Club and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. He also served as student mentor and tutor. Smith graduated in the top five percent of his class, magma cum laude, and is a two-time recipient of the Lancer Medallion. Outside of school, Smith was the recipient of the NAACP James Lewis Essay Contest in 2012 13, and he actively volunteers his time to support area non-profit organizations and those in need.

Warren of O’Fallon Township High School maintained a 4.026 GPA throughout his high school career and is ranked 31 out of a class of 602 students. He will be attending St. Louis University in the fall. He is recognized as a member of the National Honor Society and as an Illinois State Scholar. He is on the District Development Progress Council, which is comprised of a very select group of individuals in the community who work with the school board to provide ideas to help further progress within the District. Warren also participated on the varsity football and varsity baseball teams while at O’Fallon.

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, achieved an ACT score of at least 26 or SAT of at least 1180, ranked in the upper 25th percentile of the graduating class and involved in extracurricular activities. The selection process involved a comprehensive review of all applicants by MMR attorneys who weighed other factors such as essay, high school achievements and teacher/school recommendations.

Kevin Richter, shareholder of MMR, 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 14th year that MMR ( 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.