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Pires Journalism Scholarship and Texting and Driving Viral Video Contest

Light Foundation/South Coast Today

Scholarship Name: Dan Pires Memorial Scholarship
Description: Sometimes a journalist makes such a mark on their community that a sudden death can compel them into action. This happened in New Bedford with Dan Pires, a sportswriter covering the New England Patriots who died suddenly at the age of 52. Dan was so beloved by the team, that lineman Matt Light created a scholarship in his name through the Light Foundation, with co-sponsorship from the Boys and Girls Club of New Bedford. Students must submit an essay about their future career goals and experience in the community, so any community service and volunteering experience is helpful. While only the top essay with receive the scholarships, the top five applicants will have the chance to attend a New England Patriots home game as guest of Matt Light. Preference is given to students who are planning to pursue journalism degrees.
Amount: $2,000
Awards per Year: Varies
Award is Open to: High School Seniors
Major/Field of Study: Journalism
How to Apply/Contact: You can get scholarship information directly from the Matt Light Foundation website. While the scholarship doesn’t have an official website, the application season is announced each year via South Coast Today.
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American Lawyer Academy

Scholarship Name: Viral Video Scholarship Contest
Description: Text and driving probably isn’t something that most people used to think about then they thought of vehicle safety. But as the roads become increasingly dangerous because of the seemingly innocuous activity, so do lawsuits around these types of accidents. For this reason, it actually seems fitting that law offices across the country have come together to sponsor a viral video contest about this very issue. Since the contest targets young people to help them be more aware of their potentially dangerous driving habits, the contest actually doubles as a scholarship. To enter, student should submit a video about safe driving in the style of a public service announcement; videos can be no more than 2 minutes long. A panel of judges will judge the video on both creativity and content, but also how “viral” the video is, so much of the work will be spreading the word about the video after you have uploaded it. But it’s worth it – the grand prize is $10,000 for college.
Amount: $10,000
Awards per Year: 1
Award is Open to: High School Seniors
Major/Field of Study: Open
How to Apply/Contact: Videos should be submitted to regional sponsors (usually law firms). To find out more about the contest and to find your regional sponsor, check out the Mike Schafer Law website (Central Region).
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