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Write an Essay about the Impact of Distracted Driving and Compete for a Driver Safety Scholarship

Distracted driving is an increasing safety concern in Texas and across the United States. Young drivers are particularly at risk of crashes caused by using cell phones, chatting on social media, and texting while driving. As personal injury attorneys, we see too often the devastation that distracted driving accidents cause families in Texas. We are focused on making the communities we serve safer places in which to grow up and raise families. To further that goal, we have created a Driving Safety Scholarship to focus more attention on the serious issue of distracted driving and to help young people with educational expenses.

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Our attorneys at Tate Law Offices PC recognize the value of a good education as the foundation for a productive and fulfilling career. We are proud to sponsor scholarships to assist young people in furthering their educations.

Tate Law Offices PC will award three scholarships totaling $3,000 to students who are high school juniors or seniors or students enrolled at two-year or four-year colleges and universities in the United States. To apply for a scholarship, students should submit an original essay of approximately 500 words on the following topic:

How has distracted driving caused by texting and using social media or mobile apps affected you personally? What actions can local, state, and federal leaders take to help minimize traffic accidents related to distracted driving without overly restricting personal freedoms? What can individuals do to hold themselves accountable to practicing safe driving habits?

Prizes

Tate Law Offices PC will provide scholarships to three student essayists selected as winners of the scholarships.

1ST PLACE

Award

$1,500

2ND PLACE

Award

$1,000

3RD PLACE

Award

$500

Each winner will receive a check from the law firm Tate Law Offices PC. These funds must be used to pay for education-related expenses. Any applicable federal, state, and local taxes on the scholarship will be the sole responsibility of the scholarship recipients.

Eligibility

The scholarship contest is open to juniors and seniors in high school and students enrolled in two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Applicants who are 17 years old or younger will need to provide parental consent to enter.

Applicants should submit an essay as a Word document or PDF, accompanied by a digital photo (jpg or png) of themselves, along with their name, school, and phone number.

Send the essay and information to tatelawscholarship@gmail.com

Deadline

Essays and applications may be submitted starting on September 15, 2016.

The deadline for submitting an essay to apply for a Driving Safety Scholarship is July 31, 2017. The winners will be chosen by our selection committee and announced August 22, 2017.

General Rules

  1. Applicants shall submit an original essay of approximately 500 words.
  2. Send the essay and accompanying information to tatelawscholarship@gmail.com.
  3. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that Tate Law Offices PC will own all rights to publish, distribute, and promote the essay.
  4. By submitting an application, you grant Tate Law Offices PC the right to use your name, biographical information, and photograph for marketing or other purposes.
  5. The winners will be chosen by a selection committee. The decisions of the committee are final.
  6. By participating in the scholarship contest, applicants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Tate Law Offices PC, its members, officers, directors, and employees against any and all liability and costs associated with the contest or the acceptance or use of prizes.
  7. Employees of Tate Law Offices PC, its boards of directors, and immediate family members are not eligible to take part in this essay content.

We wish you the very best in your efforts to win the scholarship and hope your writing and thought process causes you to become a safer driver!