Scholarship Announcement

Every year the Bell County Bar Association Paralegals offers a scholarship to a Bell County High School Student.  Contact bcbaparalegals@gmail.com for information on how to submit an application.

Scholarship Details:

The Bell County Bar Association Paralegals will award one scholarship to a Bell County High School Student based on his or her written performance in an essay described below.  The scholarship award is five hundred dollars ($500.00) to the applicant with the winning essay.  Recipient must provide proof of enrollment by an accredited public or private college in the United States for the summer or fall of 2017 semester no later than May 1, 2017.  Should the recipient fail to provide this information by the deadline, the $500.00 scholarship shall then be awarded to an alternate recipient.  The scholarship will be made payable directly to the college or university for the benefit of the recipient. 

Essay:

The applicant will write an essay that addresses the following topic:

Should the session length of the Texas State Legislature be changed?

It meets in odd-numbered years for 140 calendar days.  Should this session length be changed?  If so, explain how and why the length should be changed.

Ø  The essay must have a cover page which includes the applicant’s name, home address, home phone number, high school, and school counselor’s name and phone number.

Ø  The essay must be a minimum of three (3) pages, double-spaced, and a maximum of five (5) pages, 12-point font, single side only.

Ø  An acceptance letter from the college or university which the applicant plans to attend and the completed Scholarship Application should be attached to the back of the essay. (If the applicant does not have an acceptance letter at this point, he or she must provide this information to the Bell County Bar Association Paralegals no later than May 1, 2017.

Judging Criteria:

The essay will be judged on content, creativity, insight of state issues, writing skill, grammar, and spelling.  Judges are local paralegals or attorneys from the Bell County Bar Association.  The judges will be given the essays identified by number only, not by the applicant’s name or the school he or she attends.  Academic standing or financial need will not be considered.  However, in the event of a tie between the judges, the information contained on the scholarship application may be a deciding factor. 

Deadline:

All applications must be received by March 31, 2017.

                                                                                                                                            Announcement of Scholarship Recipient:

The Bell County Bar Association Paralegals will announce the scholarship recipient by April 28, 2017.  The recipient’s school will be contacted as well as the recipient by phone.