Thank you for your interest, but the offices of Bond & Botes, P.C. are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Financial Hardship Scholarship at this time.

Did you know that the average student loan debt amount is over $37,000? To cover this increasingly expensive amount, you’ll will likely need some sort of financial aid.

Each year, many new graduates leave college excited to begin their journey in the workforce or to continue their education at the Master’s level. Too often, though, these young people begin their working lives saddled with suffocating amounts of education debt. Some graduates even leave college with more debt than the national average.

The attorneys at Bond & Botes, PC — lawyers who provide financial solutions to clients in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee — see the 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 cover educational expenses because of a tight and increasingly competitive job market.

To help students avoid the hardship that accompanies taking on excessive education debt, our attorneys have established a scholarship for a local high school senior.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

The $2,000 Financial Hardship Scholarship is available to high school seniors in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Applicants must be entering college in the Fall of 2018. 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 & Botes is in the business of helping others, and we want to reward those who do the same.

The application deadline is July 1, 2018 and a copy of an acceptance letter from an accredited U.S. undergraduate school must accompany the application. The scholarship will be made directly to the student’s school to be applied towards tuition.

Looking toward Bright Futures

We hope to both encourage and support bright students on the path to becoming exceptional individuals. Our hope is that our Financial Hardship Scholarships will contribute to larger financial strategies for the winning student to overcome the economic barriers to an education.

You may download the full Financial Hardship Scholarship application and requirements below. Please pass this information onto bright students you know who are seeking financial assistance.

Only applications sent by email will be accepted. Please do not contact the office with questions regarding the scholarship. Submit all questions to


Read about the past Bond & Botes scholarship winners!

Bradford Botes
Written by Bradford Botes

Brad Botes is a principal of each of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Alabama, and a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He and his team of bankruptcy lawyers have spent over 30 years guiding people through financial challenges. Read his full bio here.

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