Special note regarding COVID-19 and the fall semester: We understand that many colleges and universities are choosing to handle reopening campuses in fall 2020 differently after COVID-19. Some institutions may be opening for in-person classes while some may be allowing students to virtually attend classes. Others are choosing to delay the semester. We want to ensure every applicant that as long as their institution of choice is holding a fall semester (either online or in-person), they will still be eligible to receive the scholarship– even if the semester is slightly delayed.
We will be choosing the winner as scheduled. After the winner is selected, we will ask them to show digital proof that their campus of choice is still holding fall 2020 classes in some fashion. If fall’s classes are being delayed, you’ll be asked to show when classes plan to resume. If that date is within an acceptable range (the exact range is TBD, but will likely be between 2-3 months roughly), the award amount will be sent. We have made this decision to ensure help is given where and when it is needed most.
Thomas Law Offices, a personal injury law firm in Louisville, Kentucky, is offering a once-yearly $1,000 scholarship to students who are currently attending or plan to attend their first year of college or graduate school in the upcoming fall semester. The rising costs of education are continuing to be a hardship many students struggle to overcome. Our Louisville personal injury lawyers believe that by helping students overcome those struggles, our world can become a brighter place for future generations. This scholarship gives us an opportunity to do just that.
We first started the scholarship in 2016.
The current open submission period is for Fall 2020.
Applications must be received on or by the end of day on Friday, July 17th, 2020. Our cutoff time is 11:59 PM EST.
Scholarship Details and Guidelines
- Students can be attending or planning to attend any college or graduate school in the United States. The school must be in the U.S.
- To receive scholarship funds, you must be living in the United States (with a U.S. mailing address) at the time of the scholarship’s due date.
- All applicants must be attending or plan on attending for their first year.
- As proof of your first-year status, you will need to submit a digital copy (PDF or JPG/PNG) of your acceptance letter—complete with the college letterhead—from that college. If you do not have your letter, we also accept other forms of proof, including an email from the college stating you’ve been accepted for your first year, digital transcripts, or a screencap of your first course load.
To apply, you’ll need to submit a 500+ word essay in response to this quote:
“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
― Arthur C. Clarke
This one will challenge your creativity a bit! You’re free to take any angle you wish.
Once the application period closes, Thomas Law Offices will determine a winner based on the following factors: feasibility, originality, creativity, and the applicant’s level of knowledge in the topic as well as their ability to write a well-crafted essay. We aren’t necessarily looking for an “A”-grade essay from an English or law student, but rather an essay that explores the topic uniquely.
By submitting your essay to us, you agree that your essay may be featured on our blog. We will publish the winning essay. Published essays may appear with minor edits in place.
- To submit your application, email us the completed essay, a digital copy of the acceptance letter from your college or graduate school verifying your first-year status (details noted above), and some brief information about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In the body of your email, you MUST include your name, address, phone number, and the name of your current/planned school.
- The essay MUST be attached as either a .DOCX or .PDF. Please adhere to MLA formatting guidelines (12 pt. font, Times New Roman or another easily-legible font, double-spacing, etc.) when submitting your essay to us. Please cite any sources used.
- Your subject line in your email MUST start with your name then be followed by “Fall 2020 Scholarship” (Example: Huckleberry Finn Fall 2020 Scholarship”)
Other rules to note:
- Please attach all of your documentation to a single email containing everything you need to enter. Check that all information is correct before sending.
- Please write about our chosen topic. We will ignore essays that don’t have anything to do with the topic.
- We will NOT be replying to most emails we receive. We simply get far too many. Please don’t send follow-up emails asking if we’ve received yours.
- Please read this page carefully and follow all the steps. We will not have time to answer most questions that get sent to us.
- Proofread everything before sending!
Failing to follow the above instructions may disqualify your application.
Send all completed applications to email@example.com. Remember, the due date is Friday, July 17th, 2020! We look forward to reading your applications!
List of Past Winners
Spring 2017: Chelsea Sumner of Connecticut – Read Chelsea’s essay
Fall 2017: Stephanie Javarauckas – Read Stephanie’s essay
Spring 2018: Jasmine Josh of Pennsylvania – Read Jasmine’s essay
Fall 2018: Yu Ying Mei of New York – Read Yu’s essay
Fall 2019: Amy Loper of Oregon – Read Amy’s essay