RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Emma Fisher of Orange County is one of 15 college-bound Virginia students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship thanks to a long-running program through Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.

The law firm recently announced the 2023 recipients of its George E. Allen Academic Scholarship, which awards local students who have thrived in the face of adversity with scholarships as they start their college careers.

“Over the years, we’ve been amazed by the passion, drive and motivation of the students we’ve met as a result of the George E. Allen Academic Scholarship, and this trend has continued into 2023,” said Edward Allen, president of the Allen Law Firm. “We know these $2,000 scholarships are going to help pave the way for more successes moving forward, and we look forward to seeing all that these students accomplish.”

Fisher is planning on attending the University of Mary Washington, where she intends to study biomedical sciences. She’d like to become a physician’s assistant and eventually pursue a master’s in cardiology.

Like Fisher, many of the 15 recipients will be attending colleges in Virginia. Recipients include:

  • Grayson Burchard: University of Virginia
  • Kenny Calhoun: The College of William and Mary
  • Savannah Warren: Longwood University
  • Olivia Layman: University of Virginia
  • Hana Choi: Harvard University
  • MacKenzie Harris: Longwood University
  • Laylo Yusupova: Undecided
  • Anish Aradhey: North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sydney Wynberry: Christopher Newport University
  • Ella Joel: Rappahannock Community College
  • Emma Fisher: University of Mary Washington
  • Mariama Sakho: James Madison University
  • Noah Stretton: James Madison University
  • Kelly Savage: Radford University
  • Rushella Epperson: Virginia Tech

Recipients were honored at an event on May 9.

In its 32nd year, the George E. Allen Academic Scholarship has awarded students across Allen & Allen’s operating areas with more than $600,000 since its inception. The scholarship was created to honor the firm’s founder, George E. Allen, Sr., who overcame significant hardship to put himself through college and law school.