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The 2017 Scholarship is now closed, information about the winners can be found here.

Your Essay or Video on Distracted Driving Could Win Up to $2,500 for Your College Costs

Distracted driving causes far too many car accidents. The personal injury lawyers of Marks & Harrison – a firm that has served Virginia residents for more than 100 years – want to do something about this serious issue.


Marks & Harrison proudly announces a scholarship competition aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Our goal is to foster discussion about how to prevent these devastating accidents. At the same time, we want to help young people pursue a higher education.

We will award a total of $5,000 in scholarship funds to high school or college students who submit the most insightful essays or videos on how to prevent distracted driving – especially among young drivers.

Scholarship Prizes

Each winner will receive a check from the law firm of Marks & Harrison.

These funds must be used to pay for education-related expenses. Any applicable federal, state and local taxes on the scholarship will be the sole responsibility of the scholarship recipients.

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First Prize

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Second Prize

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Third Prize

Eligibility to Enter the Scholarship Competition

We invite students from across the United States to enter our scholarship competition by submitting an essay or video. The contest is open to students who are U.S. residents or students at U.S. schools who fall within these two categories:

  • High school juniors and seniors
  • Students currently enrolled in two-year or four-year colleges or universities.

Applicants who are age 17 or younger must provide parental consent to enter. Employees of Marks & Harrison and their immediate family members also are not eligible.

Topic for the Scholarship Competition

Distracted driving is a problem among drivers of all ages. However, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that it is an especially serious issue among drivers between the ages of 15 and 19. The agency reports that this age group has the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal auto accidents.

We invite you to share your perspective on distracted driving by submitting an essay or video that addresses this topic:

What can we do to prevent driving distractions within the teen community, and how can we promote safe driving among teens?

Application and Essay/Video Requirements

To enter the scholarship competition, you must submit:

  • An essay of 600 words or less, or
  • A video that is two minutes or shorter.

Only one essay or video is allowed per student. The essay or video must be original. Plagiarism is a serious violation and will result in automatic disqualification.

Entries must be sent by email to:

Your submission must include:

  • Your essay as a Word document (in .doc or .docx format) or your video in a readable format (.avi or .mp4)
  • A digital photo of yourself (in .jpg or .png format)
  • A copy of your school transcript or proof of enrollment
  • A cover sheet with:
    • Your name, address, and contact phone number
    • The name and address of your school
    • A short bio describing yourself (two or three sentences)
    • A signature of a parent or guardian (if you are younger than 18).

Deadlines for Entering the Scholarship Competition

We will begin accepting essays and videos on

Jan 15, 2017

The deadline for submissions is

April 30, 2017

We will announce the winners on

May 30, 2017



Our selection committee will select the scholarship winners. The committee’s decisions are final.

Winner Notification


The winners will be notified via the contact information submitted on your application. Winners will be posted on the firm website.

General Rules

By submitting an application, you acknowledge that Marks & Harrison owns all rights to publish, distribute and promote the essay.

By submitting an application, you grant Marks & Harrison the right to use your name, biographical information and photograph for marketing or other purposes.

By participating in the scholarship competition, applicants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Marks & Harrison, its members, officers, directors, and employees against any and all liability and costs associated with the contest or the acceptance or use of prizes.

We wish the best of luck to our young applicants and look forward to accepting your entries.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: