The day-to-day challenges of living with paralysis are often forgotten by people who do not have those same experiences. Whether paralysis is something you have lived with for years or your life is still adjusting to this big change, we want to commend those who have shown that no matter what challenges may come their way, there is nothing they cannot overcome!
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries, did a study and found that nearly 1 in 50 people in the United States are living with paralysis. In this study, they also found that one of the leading causes of paralysis was spinal cord injuries. They estimated that 27.5% of those living with paralysis were paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. These spinal cord injuries are often the result of motor vehicle accidents.
As a personal injury law firm, we work with accident victims every day and are aware of the life-altering impacts of paralysis. We also have seen the incredible strength and resilience of those who have been faced with these difficult experiences. This is why those of us at Sepulveda Sanchez Law, PC are proud to offer our Persevering Through Paralysis Scholarship!
Our firm wants to give back to and celebrate those who are living with paralysis. Through this scholarship, we would like to give people living with paralysis the opportunity to share their stories, how paralysis has impacted their life, and the goals they hope to achieve.
Once all submissions have been received, the entries will be reviewed, and one student will be selected to receive a $1,000 award. The deadline to submit your application will be February 28, 2022.
- This scholarship is open to any current high school seniors, college students, or graduate students who are legal residents of the United States residing in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and who are enrolled in a two to five-year post-secondary institution for the 2022 Fall Semester.
- Employees of Sepulveda Sanchez Law, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, and/or spouse), and persons living in the same households of such individuals (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate in the competition.
- Candidates for this scholarship should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good overall academic standing.
- The candidate must submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay response to the prompt: Share your story and experience of living with paralysis and how it has impacted your life. Include some of the goals you wish to accomplish and ways in which you have overcome challenges due to paralysis.
- The candidate must submit a professional resumé that lists their experience, both professional and academic.
- The candidate must submit a transcript from their current school. First-year college students, graduate students, or individuals who have recently transferred schools may submit an unofficial transcript from their current school, as well as the most recent official transcript from their prior school. High school students must also submit proof of acceptance to their college or university.
The recipient of the Preserving Through Paralysis Scholarship will be chosen during the month following the scholarship deadline.
Application Deadline and Instructions:
To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must email their full application (including the essay, resumé, and transcript) to [email protected] by February 28, 2022. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.
Scholarship applications should be sent with the subject line “Sepulveda Sanchez Law – 2022 Persevering Through Paralysis Scholarship Application.”