Scholarship Opportunity

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VanDerGinst Law 2018 Scholarship Opportunity

2018 Writing Topic:

You will soon be eligible to participate in what some call “one of the highest duties of citizenship” – the call of jury duty. Though the invitation is often met with moans and groans, serving as a juror for one’s peers is an incredibly crucial part of our democracy and our justice system. In 500 words or less, describe how you would react if called to serve and what, if any, measures can be taken to change the negative perception of jury duty in this country.

Submitting Your Application

Applications must be completed and submitted by using the form below and must include an essay as the attachment (Word or PDF format). All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59PM on June 22, 2018.

Scholarship Awards

One student will be awarded a $1000 Scholarship and four students will each receive $500 scholarships.

Scholarship Eligibility

Entrants must be an Iowa or Illinois citizen and 2018 high school graduate from an Iowa or Illinois high school. Entrants must have completed and submitted both the application and essay in the approved format to the correct email address by June 22, 2018. Entrants may not have any relatives currently or previously employed by VanDerGinst Law P.C. or be related to any of the judges.

Recipient Selection

Entrants will be judged by Quad Cities TV personalities Chris Minor (WQAD) and Erik Maitland (KWQC), Former Scott County Judge John Narha and Cedar Rapids radio personalities JJ Cook (KKRQ) and Mo Holland (KZIA). Entrants will be judged on writing style, creativity, grammar and punctuation. All judges’ decisions are final.

Recipient Notification

Winners will be notified by phone or email in July 2018 and will be issued scholarship money no later than August 2018.