The nation’s highways pose dangers for motorists of all ages. For teens, automobile accidents can take a particularly serious toll. Teenagers in the United States drive less than almost every age group, but they suffer a disproportionately high rate of vehicle crashes and fatalities. For young people ages 16 to 19, the fatal crash rate in 2014 was almost three times as high as for drivers over the age of 20. The risk is highest for teens ages 16 to 17.
Teens who survive serious car accidents show incredible strength of character when they go on to finish their educations. Appel Law Firm LLP honors these young survivors with an annual scholarship, the Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship. Undergraduate and graduate students who have been involved in car accidents are eligible for the $1,000 award toward college tuition and related expenses.
The Trauma of Vehicle Accidents
Involvement in an automobile accident is one of life’s most traumatic events. Appel Law Firm LLP works diligently to ensure that our clients are compensated fairly following accidents. But for victims who suffer serious injuries, money simply cannot replace what’s been lost, and it can never fully heal the emotional scars.
Through the scholarship, Appel Law Firm honors young victims who defy the odds and go on to accomplish their goals in life. We also hope to raise awareness about vehicle accidents and the damage they can do to both property and lives. It’s critical for young people to understand the dangers they face on the roads and to take measures to protect themselves by avoiding crashes.
To help in getting the word out, our scholarship is available to students throughout the country. Please share this information with deserving young people.
About the Scholarship
The $1,000 Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship is available for U.S. residents who will be enrolled in an accredited U.S. university in the fall of 2016 and who have experienced personal impacts from a car accident. Applicants may have been involved in a serious wreck or had a loved one who was affected.
We ask to hear your story: how the crash impacted your life and how you’ve moved toward achieving your goals in spite of it. A short essay is required as part of the application process, and we also ask for supporting documents such as a police report.
Who Is Eligible?
To apply for the scholarship, you must:
- Be a permanent U.S. resident or U.S. citizen.
- Have been injured in a vehicle accident or been impacted by a loved one’s involvement in an accident.
- Be actively enrolled in an accredited U.S. university or college. We encourage students in graduate school and law school to apply.
- Have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
To apply, you must submit the following documents in PDF format by Aug. 1, 2016.
- A completed application form.
- An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript.
- A copy of your current resume.
- A police report or other documentation that verifies your accident.
- An essay of one to three pages, typed, that describes the accident, how it has impacted you and what factors in your life have changed in the aftermath.
The award recipient will be required to provide proof of legal residence in the United States, such as a passport, birth certificate or permanent resident card. The scholarship must be used only for tuition and related expenses for college or law school. A check will be provided to the recipient’s educational institution, and the award winner must submit receipts in compliance with IRS rules.
The deadline for submission of completed applications to our office is Aug. 1, 2016. The award recipient will receive notification by mid-August. Please submit all required documentation as a single PDF file to tgappel[at]appellawyer[dot]com. If you have questions or need more information, please contact us.