mine was underlined too.
another question: i didn't receive a hamilton or butler--do i still have a chance of getting merit money from cu?
I can speak to this. I did not receive a scholarship from Columbia but got scholarships from every other school I got in at (this always puzzled me a little). What I did was compile a packet of copies of all the letters showing what awards I had received, and then I wrote a cover letter requesting that Columbia consider my situation. They ended up matching scholarships from peer schools (for example, Michigan) and even gave me more than NYU, which ended up solidifying my gut feeling to go to Columbia over NYU. However, my award is NOT considered a scholarship in the sense that I can put it on my resume, as a Hamilton or Butler could. But it is much appreciated money and so you cannot complain one bit.
I would recommend waiting and seeing what you get from other schools to see if you are in the market for a "scholarship." If it seems like you are, then contact both the financial aid and admissions office with your information. I think it helps to really be honest. If Columbia truly is your top school choice, then your letter will be earnest and hopefully you can convey how much a grant would mean to you.
Also, there certainly have been other opps for scholarships since coming to law school, particularly if you are a minority and can also get a job through those programs that gives you summer employment plus a chunk of money for school. There are also some more general scholarships, like one for a 1L where half goes to the student org of your choice and half (like $3500) to tuition.