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Weigand Scholars

"In my previous employment, I was necessarily deprived of and isolated from community.  I felt the pains of that deprivation and the need to return to and cultivate a relationship with this state that I love.  The Weigand Trust's mission—to educate Kansas talent and encourage students to return to and improve their home—provides me that opportunity.  It is with immense honor and humility that I accept the title and accompanying responsibility of a Weigand Scholar and look forward to giving back to a state that has given so much to me."

Nick began his legal education after serving three years with the FBI as an Investigative Specialist, covertly gathering intelligence in support of ongoing terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, and domestic criminal investigations.  While working for the FBI, Nick was selected for specialized covert trainings from the world's preeminent law enforcement and intelligence agencies and was able to utilize his fluency in Arabic to promote national security.  

In 2014, Nick graduated with highest distinction and university and departmental honors from the Univesity of Kansas, majoring in Global and International Studies and Arabic Language.  During his time as an undergrad at KU, Nick received the Critical Language Scholarship from the Department of State to study Arabic in Oman.  Additionally, he was selected to compete nationally as KU's nominee for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships whereby he received recognition as a Rhodes Scholar Finalist.

Nick returned to his alma mater for law school as a Rice Scholar.  He has since received four CALI awards and the Payne & Jones Lawyering Award for Best Memo in his small section.  He will be working as a summer associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City.

Nicholas Kellum

University of Kansas
Weigand Scholar: 2020

Baxter Springs, KS

B.A., Global and International Studies with a minor in Arabic, University of Kansas, 2014

  • Graduated with Highest Distinction, summa cum laude
  • Departmental and University Honors
  • Rhodes Scholar Finalist
  • Department of State Critical Language Scholar
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society

J.D. Candidate

  • Rice Scholar (KU Law)
  • CALI Awards: Property I, Property II, Contracts I, & Lawyering Skills I (KU Law)
  • Payne & Jones Lawyering Award for Best Memorandum (KU Law)