“Becoming a Weigand Scholar opens the doors to serving the Kansas legal community. Beyond the confines of law school, I can now connect with lawyers across the state, each one acting as a paragon of their profession. It excites me to realize that I will have the chance to practice embodying the values of the Trust alongside them someday.”


John Ralston

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2021

Hometown:
Wichita, KS

Education:
Friends University

  • Graduated Summa Cun Laude
  • President’s List all semesters
  • SGA Representative, Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society
  • Member, Alpha Chi National Honor Society

Washburn University School of Law

  • Junior Staff Writer, Washburn Law Journal
  • CALI Awards: Criminal Law, LARWI, Property, Torts
  • Delmas Hill Scholarship
  • Top Brief (T) LARW2

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, John Ralston has grown up immersed in the rich community that makes Kansas special. After graduating from home school, he attended Friends University in Wichita. During college, he was blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively, serving abroad in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Cuba. Although he was better known on campus as a student leader in the music department, he graduated with a degree in Spanish in 2019. Thereafter, he proceeded directly to Washburn University’s School of Law, drawn by its promise of teaching students how to best practice law in Kansas. At Washburn, John serves as Treasurer for the Christian Legal Society. In 2020, he enjoyed taking a law class while splitting his summer between Martin Pringle’s Wichita office (part-time) and a federal judicial internship with Judge Eric Melgren. Beyond academia, John enjoys all manner of creative activities, including writing, playing both jazz and classical piano, and either participating in or simply enjoying the theatre. 


“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the blessing of my family and community in Wichita. And frankly, I can’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else! That is why I am so grateful for the chance to serve my beloved community all the better through my legal education. Although it’s overused and cliche, like Dorothy, I have learned that there is truly ‘no place like home.”