The Story County Bar Association presented its seventh annual Katherine Finn Milleman Memorial Scholarship to Drake University law student Daniel Johnston during a late-January luncheon at the Gateway Conference Center in Ames. The luncheon took place during the Story County Bar Association’s annual Bench-Bar continuing legal education seminar.
Johnston is a second-year law student at Drake University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and serves in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 348th Military Police Company, based in Ames. In addition to his ongoing service in the Army Reserve, Johnston has maintained Dean’s List placement while in law school and is active in various student organizations. Johnston has supported his undergraduate and legal studies by working at Danfoss, CyRide, and Mid-America Manufacturing, along with his military responsibilities, and is married to an Ames native, with whom he shares two young children.
This year’s award of the Katherine Finn Milleman Memorial Scholarship provides $5,000.00 toward the recipient’s law school tuition. The scholarship is jointly funded by the members of the Story County Bar and the Honorable Timothy Finn and his wife, Marilyn Finn, of Ames.
The scholarship is awarded in memory of the Finns’ daughter, Katherine (“Katie”) Finn Milleman. Finn Milleman graduated from the University of Iowa’s School of Law in 2005. She was born and raised in Ames, and was a graduate of Ames High School. She and her husband, Dr. John Milleman, died on September 2, 2006, while traveling from their home in Texas back to Iowa to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.
Judge Dale Ruigh of the Iowa District Court was present at the luncheon to award the scholarship to Daniel Johnston. Also in attendance were Johnston’s wife, Allissa, and two previous recipients of the scholarship, Ames attorney Nicole Facio and recent Drake Law graduate Lori Bullock, along with Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel.
A committee of Story County Bar Association members selects the recipient of each year’s scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate academic strength and a connection with Story County.