In recent years, the cost of college has risen faster than the inflation rate, a trend that has created an increasing financial burden for many students. Each year, a new crop of enthusiastic graduates enters the work force, ready to claim their place in the professional world and embark on a fulfilling career. Too often, though, young people begin their working lives saddled with suffocating amounts of education debt.
The lawyers at the affiliated Bond & Botes, PC law offices — a law firm providing financial solutions to clients across three states — see the real and lasting consequences when people take on too much debt. The situation can be especially tragic when young people become trapped by high amounts of debt and are unable to recover educational expenses because of a tight job market.
To help students avoid the hardship that accompanies taking on excessive education debt, the lawyers at Bond & Botes, PC have established two scholarships: one for a high school senior or undergraduate student, and one for a first-year law student.
Scholarship Application Requirements
The two $2,000 Financial Hardship Scholarships are available to individuals who grew up, currently reside, or will soon reside in Alabama, Mississippi or Tennessee. For the law school scholarship, applicants should be getting ready for their first year. For the undergraduate scholarship, applicants should be either high school seniors who will be entering college in the fall or currently enrolled undergraduate students. All applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Applicants are asked to submit a short essay describing how they have overcome financial hardships and what they have done to help others overcome hardships. Bond and Botes is in the business of helping others, and we want to reward those who do the same.
The application deadline is August 1, 2016 and a copy of an acceptance letter from an accredited U.S. law school or undergraduate school must accompany the application. The scholarship will be awarded in mid-August, and payment will be made directly to the student’s school to be applied to tuition.
Looking Toward Bright Futures
At the affiliated law offices of Bond and Botes, we hope to both encourage and support bright students on the path to becoming exceptional lawyers. Our hope is that our Financial Hardship Scholarships contribute to larger financial strategies for the winning students to overcome the economic barriers to an education.
You may download the full Financial Hardship Scholarship application and requirements below. Please pass this information on to bright students you know who are seeking financial assistance.
Law School Applicants
Only applications sent by email will be accepted.
Please do not contact the office with questions regarding the scholarship. Submit all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about the Past Bond & Botes Scholarship Winners!