Scholarship FAQs

The law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP is pleased to offer an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior or undergraduate college student who authors the winning essay on the topic of teens texting while driving.

The following are answers to questions you may have about the contest:


I have applied to a college or university but have yet to be accepted. Am I eligible?

Yes. The contest is open to students who are either currently enrolled in college, or high school seniors applying to a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded. You are eligible until your graduation date from the college or university.

I am a studentat a foreign college. Am I eligible?

No. Students enrolled in foreign colleges or universities are not eligible.

I am an international studentstudying in the U.S. Am I eligible?

If you are a student currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, you are eligible.

What about legal status? I am an immigrant and/or I don’t have a Social Security number. Am I eligible?

Essay winners must provide a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates for issuance of a 1099 Form where appropriate.

I have only one semester left before I graduate college. Am I eligible?

You will remain eligible up until your graduation date from the college or university.

I plan to attend a college or university outside of New York for the Fall 2014 semester. Am I eligible?

Yes. Applicants currently residing in the state of New York are eligible to use the scholarship at any college or university within the 50 states or the District of Columbia.


I want to turn in my application early and submit my essay later. Can I do that?

No. You must submit a completed application at the same time as your essay.

What are the important dates for this scholarship contest?

All entries (both application and essay) are due no later than 10p.m. EDT on July 15, 2014.

The winner will be notified by August 15, 2014.

If I have technical issues when I submit my essay and it is late, am I still eligible?

No. All materials must be submitted by the final deadline of 10p.m. EDT on July 15, 2014. If you anticipate you may have technical difficulties in your submission of your materials, we advise you plan to submit them several days prior to the deadline.

Can I submit my essay and application in hard copy by mail?

No. Please email us your essay and application at

In what file format should I submit my essay?

The most commonly used word-processing application is Microsoft Word. We prefer all entries to be submitted as a .doc format. A pdf file may also be accepted. Documents created in other word-processing applications may need to be saved as .rtf to be read. Files received that we are unable to open may not be considered.

If I am not a winner, will I be notified?

No. Given the large number of anticipated entries, we will not contact every applicant about the status of his or her application. Only the winning entrant should expect to be contacted.

If I win, when will I receive my $500 scholarship award, and how can I use my winnings?

No later than September 15, 2014. You may use the award for any school-related expenses, such as tuition, books or housing.


Can I include references for my essay with hyperlinks to the respective sources?

If you have citations, you may include them without a link just as you would for a standard print citation. You are encouraged to add links to any online sources you cite.

If I reference sources but do not fully cite them, will my essay be considered?

No. Any essay containing plagiarized content will not be eligible. Failure to properly cite a source, whether intentional or not, is plagiarism.

Examples of Appropriate Citations:

  • Academic articles on injuries sustained in car accidents, or academic articles containing well-researched statistics on behavioral patterns of those who text.
  • Articles in educational newsletters or well-established newspapers about texting and driving or teen driving habits.
  • A government or nonprofit organization website about vehicle accidents, texting and driving, or teen drivers.
  • A business website with high-quality content that is relevant to the essay.
  • Articles on websites with high editorial standards. The website and the article must be relevant to the essay.

Examples of Inappropriate Citations:

  • A website set up for the sole purpose of posting your essay.
  • A friend’s blog on website design.
  • An irrelevant business website(e.g. flower shop, restaurant, etc..
  • A website site with low editorial standards.
  • A website with excessive ads.

My essay is shorter than 1,500 words. Will it still be considered?

Yes. However, an essay that is significantly shorter may not be developed well enough to merit winning the competition. Essays shorter than 750 words will not be considered.

My essay is longer than 1,600 words. Will it still be considered?

No. The target length of the essay is 1,500 words, and we allow for essays that are slightly longer. If you exceed that buffer of 100 words, your essay will not be considered.

Do you have any other questions?

If you have any additional questions about the Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP Annual Scholarship Essay Contest, please send an email to and specify in the subject line the specific topic of your question. We have dedicated staff working on our scholarship contest. Employees at our business office will refer you to them.