UT Law names five students to new class of Tennessee Law Scholars

The University of Tennessee College of Law has selected five first-year students to become Tennessee Law Scholars as part of the college’s most prestigious scholarship program.

Tennessee Law Scholars are selected for their academic and professional promise and work directly with law school faculty to advance faculty scholarship and service. Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend for their three years of legal study at UT.

This year’s scholars are Amanda Fick, Zach Ganzberg, Elizabeth B. Holland, Sloane Lynch, and Machen E. Picard. They were selected from more than 1,000 applicants to the College of Law for its fall 2015 entering class.

Amanda Fick earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and theater arts from Marymount Manhattan College in New York. She was named to the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, was a Leadership Scholar, and tutored middle school students at the Harlem Center for Education. She is the daughter of Beth and Andrew Fick of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Zach Ganzberg is a scholar–athlete who majored in pre-law with a minor in psychology at Bethel College in Indiana. Ganzberg was the assistant men’s soccer coach at Bethel College and took the team to the NCCAA National Championship in 2014. He is an NAIA All-American in soccer and was selected as an ESPN/CoSIDA First Team academic All-American. He was also a member of the Dean’s List Hall of Fame, was named to Who’s Who Among American Scholars, and has won twelve ISSMA state gold medals as a violist. He is the husband of Rebekah Ganzberg and son of Laurie and Vince Ganzberg of South Bend, Indiana.

Elizabeth B. Holland graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in psychology and minors in English and music. Holland was a Zell Miller Scholar and Presidential Scholar, and she served as president of the Golden Key International Honour Society and as an officer in Phi Alpha Delta. She played the bassoon in the Symphonic Band and was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. She is the daughter of Linda Dycus Holland of Hinesville, Georgia, and the late Rocky Holland.

Sloane Lynch graduated from Southern Illinois University with a pre-professional English degree with minors in political science, philosophy, and speech communications. She was a Chancellor’s Scholar and was awarded the Betty and John McDaniels Scholarship. She served as a student ambassador, an undergraduate assistant in the SIU Writing Center, and as a peer mentor for the University Honors Program. She is the daughter of Thomas and Christina Lynch of Dalton City, Illinois, and Tonya and Robert Huddleston, of Shelbyville, Illinois.

Machen E. Picard graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and minors in creative writing and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. Machen is a Presidential Scholar and an Emerson Robert Loomis Scholar and was recently inducted to Phi Beta Kappa. She is the daughter of Donna and Thomas Picard of Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

The next class of Tennessee Law Scholars will be selected among UT Law applicants for the entering class of fall 2016. Students interested in being considered for the scholarship should complete their admissions applications by December 15.