Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP Annual Scholarship Essay Contest

The law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP is now offering a scholarship in our Annual Scholarship Essay Contest to a deserving high school senior or undergraduate college student who authors a winning essay on the teen texting and driving topic below.

The essays must be submitted by 10 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2014. Please read through our Rules and FAQs carefully, and don’t let this deadline pass without seizing this excellent opportunity.

The award will be distributed to the essay contest winner after he or she has been notified by August 15, 2014.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, Annual Scholarship Essay Contest

The law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, is now offering a scholarship in our Annual Scholarship Essay Contest to a deserving high school senior or undergraduate college student who authors a winning essay on the teen drinking and driving topic below.

The essays must be submitted by 10 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2014. Please read through our Rules and FAQs carefully, and don’t let this deadline pass without seizing this excellent opportunity.

The award will be distributed to the essay contest winner after he or she has been notified by August 15, 2014.

2014 ESSAY CONTEST WINNER

Christina Erickson

I just graduated from Delaware Academy in Delhi, NY in June, 2014. This fall, I plan to attend Gordon College in Wenham, MA. My major will be German and possibly International Business.

I was born in New York City and moved to the Delhi area in elementary school. I have loved living here, both for all the experiences I have had and the wonderful friends I have met. In addition to my studies, I played the violin, took dance class, and ran cross country and track. I had a great experience in high school, and am excited to begin this new chapter in my life.

Read Christina’s Essay

Type of Scholarship

The law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, will provide an award of $500 to the winner of this essay contest.

The cash prize will be awarded as a check from the law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney. These funds must be used to pay college tuition and / or education-related expenses.

Eligibility

This essay contest is open to high school seniors who are currently enrolled in a high school in New York state, and undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Verify you have read and understand the Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, Annual Scholarship Essay Contest Rules by signing your application form.
  • Submit your application form.
  • Submit your essay (please note that only one essay per student is allowed) via email by the due date.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Read the contest Rules and review the FAQs as needed.
2. Submit a completed application form along with your essay, via email to gottliebscholarship@scottgottlieblaw.com.
3. Both the application and essay must be submitted together in one email for consideration.
4. The file names of both your application and essay must include your name.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Deadline for submission of entries: July 15, 2014, 10 p.m. EDT.
  • Winner announced: August 15, 2014.

ESSAY TOPIC

Why Do Teens Drink and Drive?

All teens know underage drinking is illegal, and all teens know there are risks when people drink and drive. Yet, some teenagers still drink and drive nonetheless. Why do they do it?

In your essay, discuss several elements of this problem: 1) factors, 2) awareness of harms and 3) solutions.

First, discuss the specific factors that lead some teens to drink and drive, even though they know the behavior has clear risks. This section of your essay should examine the “why.”

Be sure to identify and examine several factors. For example, consider media messages teens see: some seem to promote drinking, and others disparage drinking and driving. Consider how peers influence their fellow teens. Similarly, consider how teens see themselves in the eyes of others. You might also consider social settings that lead to drinking and driving.

Next, examine the level of awareness teens have of the risks, not only in legal terms, but also in terms of physical safety for themselves others. NY has a Zero Tolerance Law for those under 21 who drink and drive. Why do some teens think that “it won’t happen to me” when it comes to getting caught, or getting hurt?

Finally, discuss solutions to this pervasive problem. What are specific ways we can reduce the numbers of teens who drink and drive?

There are many educational campaigns on this topic. Organizations such as Drinking and Driving.org provide helpful lessons to convince people not to drink and drive. Driver’s education classes have awareness-raising campaigns about the risks. Even state governments campaign about the problem, such as this brochure from North Carolina: “Underage Drinking. Adult Consequences.“

Why are these campaigns not more effective in convincing more teens not to drink and drive?

Use a common scholarly style for citations to support your claims, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian.

Essay Length

Your essay should be near 1,000 words in length. It can have no fewer than 750 words and no more than 1,200 words.

Judging:

  • Submissions will be judged on content, correctness of facts, quality of research, grammar, style and originality.
  • Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well supported.
  • Please refer to the FAQs for examples of appropriate and inappropriate citations.

For More Information

For questions about the Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, Annual Scholarship Essay Contest, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered, you may email gottliebscholarship@scottgottlieblaw.com.

Type of Scholarship

The law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP will provide an award of $500 to the winner of this essay contest.

The cash prize will be awarded as a check from the law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP. These funds must be used to pay college tuition and / or education-related expenses.

Eligibility

This essay contest is open to high school seniors who are currently enrolled in a high school in New York state, and undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Verify you have read and understand the Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP Annual Scholarship Essay Contest Rules by signing your application form.
  • Submit your application form.
  • Submit your essay (please note that only one essay per student is allowed) via email by the due date.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Read the contest Rules and review the FAQs as needed.
  2. Submit a completed application form along with your essay, via email to 1800talklawscholarship@scottgottlieblaw.com.
  3. Both the application and essay must be submitted together in one email for consideration.
  4. The file name for both the application and essay documents must include your name.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Deadline for submission of entries:  July 15, 2014, 10 p.m. EDT.
  • Winner announced: August 15, 2014.

ESSAY TOPIC

Why Some Teens Text, Tweet, Take a Selfie or Post While Driving

Many of us are never far from our mobile phones and enjoy the many ways we can communicate with them. Depending on the situation, sending a text or posting via social media to communicate may be preferred to calling. When using a mobile phone in this way becomes second nature, some may feel they can safely drive while doing so, especially teens.

Most people believe that we should not use our phones while driving, and if we do, we should do so only to talk. PSA campaigns with a particular focus on teens, especially those by Distraction.gov, promote safe driving practices. Yet, use of phones for activities other than talking – such as texting, posting to social media or taking pictures – is fairly common among teens.

In your essay, discuss the contradiction between public opinion and actual practice when it comes to how teens use their phones while driving. In other words, why do teens “talk the talk” but not “walk the walk”?

As you write your essay, examine why some teens feel comfortable to text, post to social media or even take pictures while driving. Whose opinion matters to teens and why?

Lastly, as you close your essay, propose specific solutions for how we can best change the habits of all teens to stop the use of phones while driving. If you propose solutions that are already in use, address how you would alter them to make them more effective.

Use a common scholarly style for citations to support your claims, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian.

Essay Length

Your essay should be near 1,000 words in length. It can have no fewer than 750 words and no more than 1,200 words.

Judging:

  • Submissions will be judged on content, correctness of facts, quality of research, grammar, style and originality.
  • Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well supported.
  • Please refer to the FAQs for examples of appropriate and inappropriate citations.

For More Information

For questions about the Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP Annual Scholarship Essay Contest, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered, you may email 1800talklawscholarship@scottgottlieblaw.com.