Dixon Injury Firm’s Scholarship Essay Contest

Winner to be announced May 30, 2019.

Law Student Scholarship

The Dixon Injury Firm understands the huge financial responsibility and investment students make in higher education. Tuition is rising, and continues to rise. Often, students and their families are left with significant debt that counteracts their ability to save for their futures, live a balanced life, or begin the career they paid so much to pursue. To assist, we’ve decided to begin a $1,000 College Scholarship Essay Contest that brings meaningful information to everyone. Details about the contest and how to apply are below.

Essay Eligibility Requirements

To participate in our scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be attending or planning to attend a college during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • If under 18 years old, permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  • The essay will relate to one of the chosen topics outlined below.
  • Must apply via email with your full name and the name of the institution you are or are planning to attend.
  • The essay must be submitted (PDF or Word preferred) by May 20, 2019.
  • Essay addresses one of the two topics below.
  • The essay is 800-2,000 words and formatted appropriately.
  • All content is original. Plagiarized essays will not be accepted.
  • Submissions are to be sent to scholarship@pr.dixoninjuryfirm.com.

Essay Topic 1: Legal Consequences of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Given new legislation, explore the legal repercussions of marijuana use and how it may impact traffic laws or accidents. Are we expecting stringent enforcement while driving under the influence? What happens if someone is high and crashes into or is a victim in a car accident? Will legalized marijuana have an impact whatsoever on traffic accidents and fatalities? This is a new, burgeoning topic in the legal community and we would like your input on what implications legalized marijuana may have in a community, a state, or even across the nation.

Essay Topic 2: Distracted Driving

There are thousands of deaths each year directly related to distracted driving. Cell phones, changing the radio station, and even backseat conversations. What can we do about distracted driving? How do we avoid it? Are voice commands the answer? Should heavier no-phone legislation be put in place? This is an open topic with a lot of ground to cover, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the state of distracted driving and it’s evolved, impacted, or perhaps changed legislation.


This essay contest is meant to inspire research and give students a hand in the ever-expensive college or university life. The essays are judged on:

  • Originality
  • Accuracy
  • Relevancy

We encourage applicants to use sources (cited appropriately) to reinforce their topic of choice. As injury lawyers, we are interested to hear your thoughts on relevant topics that impact all of us on a day-to-day-basis.

Note that the scholarship check will be made out to the winner’s university/college.

  • Scholarship Amount: $1,000
  • Must be high school senior or pursuing higher education
  • Essays are 800-2,000 words and addresses one of the above topics
  • Essays are submitted via email to scholarship@pr.dixoninjuryfirm.com
  • Deadline: 9 a.m. CST, May 20, 2019
  • Winner Announced: May 30, 2019

*The winner and other entries may be published on our website.

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