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Access to Higher Education Scholarship

At The A.W. Smith Law Firm, P.C. we believe that every student should have the ability to pursue higher education, should they choose to do so. However, there are still many social and economic factors that prevent students from moving forward with their academic careers. This is a national issue that we feel deserves serious attention. This is why we’re proud to announce the Access to Higher Education Scholarship. 

The purpose of the Access to Higher Education Scholarship is to bring awareness to the many obstacles that prevent students from seeking higher education. We want to hear what students believe are the biggest obstacles people face, and what can be done to address such obstacles. This can range anywhere from social and economic factors to any flaws within the education system that you think could be mended to ensure that every student has an equal chance of attending college. 

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to be considered eligible for the Access to Higher Education Scholarship, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program within the United States. High school seniors who will be enrolled in college before the application deadline are also eligible to apply. All applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

 Scholarship Application

A complete scholarship application must include the following:

  • A current academic transcript, official or unofficial
  • An updated resume
  • In a 750-word personal essay, discuss the many factors that prevent people from having access to higher education and the ways to address them. What can be done to make higher education accessible to everyone seeking it?

 Applications must be sent by email to with the subject line “[Applicant Name] – Access to Higher Education Scholarship.”

 Scholarship Deadline

All scholarship materials must be submitted by March 31, 2020. Applications submitted after the March 31st deadline will not be considered eligible.