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Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Available Fall and Spring Semester

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in the United States every day in accidents involving distracted drivers. At Roman & Gaynor, we have represented many individuals injured by drivers who were texting and driving at the time of the crash, so we know how truly dangerous distracted driving can be. While there have been many efforts across the nation to raise awareness about this issue, distracted driving continues to be a major problem. That’s why we have created our own Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

About the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Just as we know how dangerous distracted driving is, as legal professionals who went through many years of formal schooling, we know how expensive higher education can be. To help college students pay for tuition, textbooks, room and board, or any other education-related costs, Don’t Text and Drive Scholarships are offered for the fall and spring semesters, amounting to $1,000 each semester. Scholarship will be paid directly to the college or university attended, for the benefit of the winner.

Scholarship Eligibility

Students 24 years old or younger who are currently admitted or enrolled in a four-year college, university, or graduate school — or are applying to one of these institutions in the upcoming calendar year — are eligible.

How to Apply

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants are required to submit an essay, no less than 500 words, on the following topic:

  • Find the last text conversation you had while driving, then screenshot it. Discuss how important that conversation was and whether it was important enough to put other people’s safety at risk as you did. Do you frequently take this risk? If so, what makes it difficult for you to stop? Do you think you could stop completely, and will you?

Scholarship applications must be submitted via email to CRoman@romangaynor.com. Essays should be attached as a Microsoft Word document, PDF, or the like. You can even write your essay in the body of the email, if desired.

Make sure to include your screenshots of the text conversation in the email, as well as your full name, cell phone number, mailing address, school and year, and Facebook profile link.

Please do not include any other information nor any sort of plea in your application.

Deadlines

Since this is a semesterly scholarship, there are two deadlines every year — one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester.

Spring semester scholarship deadline: November 1, 2020

Fall semester scholarship deadline: May 1, 2021

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship Finalist Selection

By ____ and ____, our legal team at Roman & Gaynor will select five finalists for the scholarships based on essay quality. If you were selected, you will be notified via email shortly after.

Next Steps for Finalists

Finalists have their submissions posted on our blog with links to our own Facebook and Twitter accounts. At this point, finalists will need to promote their essay to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving, doing so more effectively than other finalists. Finalists can choose either Facebook or Twitter as their preferred social media platform. Effectiveness is based on the collection of what we call “Awareness Points,” which are awarded for likes, shares, and retweets of our firm’s post. Please note that Awareness Points are not awarded for sharing your own post on Facebook, but it can greatly help increase exposure.

Winners are announced at 2 P.M. EST on December 1, 2020, and June 1, 2021, respectively.

About Awareness Points

The scoring for Awareness Points is as follows:

  • One like on our Twitter post about your essay = 3 Awareness Points
  • One retweet on our Twitter post about your essay = 5 Awareness Points
  • One like on our Facebook post about your essay = 3 Awareness Points
  • One share on our Facebook post about your essay = 5 Awareness Points

For any questions about our Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship, please contact CRoman@romangaynor.com.

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