$1,000 College Scholarship Essay Contest

As an attorney, Chicago criminal defense lawyer Nenye Uche understands the value of higher education. In order to become a licensed attorney in Illinois and most other states, a person is required to have an undergraduate degree as well as a Juris Doctorate, which normally requires at least 7 years of post-high school education. In addition to this significant investment of time and effort, obtaining a post-secondary education also often requires a significant investment of financial resources as well.

College tuition rates have skyrocketed over the past few decades, putting a significant financial strain on many college students and their families. In an effort to help students meet their financial needs, Mr. Uche’s law firm is offering a $1,000 annual scholarship to an incoming or current college student. Information about applying for this scholarship is provided below.

Scholarship essay contest and topic

The scholarship will be awarded to the winner of an essay contest. In order to apply, applicants should write a 500-word essay on the following topic:

The past few years have seen several states take a much more tolerant approach towards marijuana regulation. Notably, Colorado and Washington State have gone so far as to legalize the recreational use of the drug for people over 21. Illinois legalized medical marijuana last year, and there is currently pending legislation that would decriminalize marijuana possession and another bill that would fully legalize marijuana for individuals over 21. One of the major concerns raised by marijuana critics is that legalized pot would increase the incidence of impaired driving. Do you believe that legalizing marijuana would result in more impaired drivers, and, if so, what steps could lawmakers take to discourage people from driving after using marijuana?

The essays should be submitted as an attachment in either Microsoft Word Document or Adobe PDF format to nenyeuchescholarship@gmail.com by August 14th, 2015. The submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • The substantive quality of the response
  • The quality of the writing
  • Originality
  • Demonstrated understanding of the topic
  • The applicant’s demonstrated potential for success in a field related to law

Mr. Uche will personally review the submissions and notify the winner by email on or around August 14th, 2015.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must be planning on attending an accredited United States college or university in the fall 2015 semester.  In addition, the following information should be included in the body of the email to which the essay is attached:

  • The applicant’s full name, address, and phone number
  • The applicant is under 18, contact information for his or her parents or legal guardian
  • The name of the institution that the applicant plans to attend during the fall 2015 semester
  • Links to the applicant’s social media profile(s)

Contact Chicago criminal defense lawyer Nenye Uche today to schedule a free consultation

Attorney Nenye Uche is a skilled criminal defense litigator who handles all areas of criminal law, including DUI, white collar crime, theft, traffic, and expungement. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Uche, call our office today at (888) 251.4428 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.

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