Lopez & Humphries Scholarship

Our personal injury law firm in Lakeland, Florida, is offering two annual $500 scholarships to students who are currently attending or plan to attend their first year of college in the upcoming fall/spring semester.

Both founding partners, Melodie Lopez and Kevin Humphries, know firsthand the importance of a college scholarship. They were recipients of scholarships, and this recognition and reward for their achievements enabled them to attend college.

The cost of higher education is continuing to rise. Our Lakeland personal injury lawyers believe that by helping students achieve their dreams, our world can become a brighter place for future generations. This scholarship gives us an opportunity to do just that.

This year’s essay topic is on the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving is among the most common causes of vehicle accidents in Florida and across the country. It is our hope that we will continue to bring awareness and accountability to this growing issue and make our roads a little safer for all.

Who’s Eligible for the Scholarship?

The $500 scholarship contest is open to Polk County, Florida, residents in their first year of pursuing post-high school education at an accredited institution (university or college) or through dual enrollment. Proof of school enrollment is required. Those in any degree program or major are welcome to enter.

Two winners will be selected, and a $500 check will be made payable to the winners’ colleges or universities. The winning students will need to file receipts according to IRS regulations.

Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay

Essays should include the following:

Introduction: 100 to 200 words

We would love to know more about you, why you’ve chosen to apply, and how you plan to use the scholarship to better yourself through education. Please feel free to include any information that may help you stand out from other applicants applying for this scholarship.

Short Essay: 500 to 1,000 words

Essay topic: Distracted driving.

Has distracted driving affected your life? We want to know about it. Your essay should be original, well-written, and creative. Some topic ideas include the following:

  • A story about yourself, a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance who was in an auto accident that involved distracted driving. How did the accident affect your life?
  • A story about your involvement in a distracted driving awareness campaign. How did the campaign and your work impact the community?
  • A persuasive essay about why drivers should stay focused on the road. How can we convince younger drivers to pay attention to the road at all times?
  • A nonfiction or fiction story that involves distracted driving.

For more information and ideas, check out our blog posts about distracted driving accidents.

What Your Entry MUST Include

Your entry must include the finished essay, a digital copy of an acceptance letter from your college or graduate school to verify your first-year status, and the Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship 2019 Application Form.

Emailed Entries

You may submit your application via email to scholarship@lopezandhumphries.com with the following subject line: [FULL NAME] 2019 SCHOLARSHIP ENTRY

Mailed Entries

Lopez & Humphries, PA

Attn: Distracted Driving Scholarship

2420 Florida Ave S

Lakeland, FL 33803

*Proof of school enrollment, identity, and Florida residency should be submitted with the application.

*All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2019. Two winners will be notified by July 1, 2019.

We can only accept submissions that have been emailed or mailed with the Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship 2019 Application Form. Please do not call us or submit anything through the firm’s website. When we receive your submission, we will email you to confirm that we have received it.

Winning Applicants

Two (2) winning essays will be chosen for their content and quality. We will publish the winning essays on our blog and promote them through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels. By submitting an essay, you release all rights to it and give Lopez & Humphries, PA permission to publish and reprint it as we see fit.

We will ask scholarship winners for photographs to use in our announcements of the winning entries on social media.

We’re excited to read your essays!