Annual Scholarship Essay Contest

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, Annual Scholarship Essay Contest – 2014

The law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, is now offering a scholarship in our Annual Scholarship Essay Contest to a deserving high school senior or undergraduate college student who authors a winning essay on the teen drinking and driving topic below.

The essays must be submitted by 10 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2014. Please read through our Rules and FAQs carefully, and don’t let this deadline pass without seizing this excellent opportunity.

The award will be distributed to the essay contest winner after he or she has been notified by August 15, 2014.


Jennifer Schnalzer

Jennifer received her paralegal degree from Rockland Community College in 2005 and went onto Pace University to receive her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2008. While she initially intended to go on to Law School, she became interested in Nursing. She started the Nursing program at Rockland Community College in 2012. She loves both Nursing and the Legal field and hopes to combine the two in her future work.

Jennifer currently works as a paralegal at the Law Firm of Tilem & Associates in White Plains, NY. She began working at the firm in 2007 as a secretary and receptionist. She is now not only a paralegal, but the office manager as well.

Read Jennifer’s Essay


Type of Scholarship

The law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, will provide an award of $500 to the winner of this essay contest.

The cash prize will be awarded as a check from the law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney. These funds must be used to pay college tuition and / or education-related expenses.


This essay contest is open to high school seniors who are currently enrolled in a high school in New York state, and undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Verify you have read and understand the Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, Annual Scholarship Essay Contest Rules by signing your application form.
  • Submit your application form.
  • Submit your essay (please note that only one essay per student is allowed) via email by the due date.


1. Read the contest Rules and review the FAQs as needed.
2. Submit a completed application form along with your essay, via email to
3. Both the application and essay must be submitted together in one email for consideration.
4. The file names of both your application and essay must include your name.


  • Deadline for submission of entries: July 15, 2014, 10 p.m. EDT.
  • Winner announced: August 15, 2014.


Why Do Teens Drink and Drive?

All teens know underage drinking is illegal, and all teens know there are risks when people drink and drive. Yet, some teenagers still drink and drive nonetheless. Why do they do it?

In your essay, discuss several elements of this problem: 1) factors, 2) awareness of harms and 3) solutions.

First, discuss the specific factors that lead some teens to drink and drive, even though they know the behavior has clear risks. This section of your essay should examine the “why.”

Be sure to identify and examine several factors. For example, consider media messages teens see: some seem to promote drinking, and others disparage drinking and driving. Consider how peers influence their fellow teens. Similarly, consider how teens see themselves in the eyes of others. You might also consider social settings that lead to drinking and driving.

Next, examine the level of awareness teens have of the risks, not only in legal terms, but also in terms of physical safety for themselves others. NY has a Zero Tolerance Law for those under 21 who drink and drive. Why do some teens think that “it won’t happen to me” when it comes to getting caught, or getting hurt?

Finally, discuss solutions to this pervasive problem. What are specific ways we can reduce the numbers of teens who drink and drive?

There are many educational campaigns on this topic. Organizations such as Drinking and provide helpful lessons to convince people not to drink and drive. Driver’s education classes have awareness-raising campaigns about the risks. Even state governments campaign about the problem, such as this brochure from North Carolina: “Underage Drinking. Adult Consequences.“

Why are these campaigns not more effective in convincing more teens not to drink and drive?

Use a common scholarly style for citations to support your claims, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian.

Essay Length

Your essay should be near 1,000 words in length. It can have no fewer than 750 words and no more than 1,200 words.


  • Submissions will be judged on content, correctness of facts, quality of research, grammar, style and originality.
  • Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well supported.
  • Please refer to the FAQs for examples of appropriate and inappropriate citations.

For More Information

For questions about the Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, Annual Scholarship Essay Contest, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered, you may email

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