The Gene R. Urey Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1999 by family, friends and former students, this scholarship honors the memory of Gene R. Urey, professor of political science at Susquehanna University from 1965-1999, and awards students who demonstrate superior critical thinking and analysis in the study of constitutional law.

2021 Scholarship Participants

Alaina King '21

Alaina King ’21

Arguing on behalf of the Petitioner (Mahanoy Area School District)

Alaina King is a senior Psychology major with minors in Legal Studies, Professional and Civic Writing, and Leadership, from Coal Township. She has been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Gamma Mu honor societies and was the 2020 recipient of the Michael and Christina Apfelbaum Prize for academic success and dedication to community service. She is a founding member of ATLAS (Aspire to Lead and Serve) and is a Covid-19 Care Coordinator.


Alaina has applied to law schools in Pennsylvania and will be focusing on family, Constitutional, or criminal law. When she isn’t studying for classes, Alaina enjoys volunteering with the American Red Cross providing disaster recovery services, and spending time with her two sisters, Evelyn and Ava.


Larry Czeponis '21

Larry Czeponis ’22

Arguing on behalf of the Respondent (B.L.)

Larry Czeponis is a junior international studies and political science double major with a minor in Philosophy from Mount Carmel, PA. He is also a member of the Honors Program. Larry is a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School in Coal Township.

On campus, Larry is the Junior Representative on the Board of Trustees, a Resident Assistant in the Sassafras Complex, a member of the Student Government Association, and is involved in various other activities around campus. He is also a Democracy Fellow with the Campus Vote Project, which advocates for equitable access to voting and promotes voter engagement and education. Larry is currently studying to take the LSAT and he plans to attend law school after graduation from Susquehanna.

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