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With the pervasive use of smartphones and instant messaging becoming such a big part of our daily lives, the temptation to text while driving is becoming harder and harder to combat. However, distracted drivers wind up causing thousands of car accidents every year and the numbers are only going up.

No text is worth the possibility of seriously injuring someone else, a loved one, or even yourself. Every attempt must be made to make people aware of the inherent dangers of distracted driving.

In that vein, Whitley is proud to announce the creation of the 2016 Whitley Law Firm Distracted Driving Prevention Scholarship. The purpose of offering the scholarship is not only to help someone offset the rising costs of college, but also to raise awareness on the issue of distracted driving.

Who is Eligible

The Whitley Law Firm Distracted Driving Prevention Scholarship is open to any current undergraduate, graduate, or law school student, as well as any incoming freshman students.

All applicants must be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The scholarship award amount is $1,500.

Application Requirements

All candidates that meet the abovementioned criteria will be evaluated based on the following:

  • A 1,000 word essay on your own experiences with distracted driving – What have you done in your own car or your family’s car to combat distracted driving OR What policy measures would you put in place or what practical things can we do in order to reduce the amount of distracted driving accidents?
  • A resume which includes all academic, professional, and volunteer experience
  • A current unofficial transcript from the applicant’s school (NOTE: First-year college students may submit an unofficial transcript from their most recent school, as well as an unofficial transcript from their current post-secondary institution.)

The 2016 Whitley Law Firm Distracted Driving Scholarship winner will be announced in early 2017.

Application Instructions and Deadline:

To be considered for the Whitley Law Firm Distracted Driving Prevention Scholarship, interested applicants must submit their entire application (essay, transcript(s), and resume) by e-mail to info@whitleylawfirm.com with the subject line: [Applicant’s First and Last Name] Scholarship Application. Submissions without the correct subject line will not be considered. The deadline for all application materials is December 31st, 2016.

If you have any questions or are submitting your application through email, contact: info@whitleylawfirm.com

For information on our previous award winners, visit here.