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Outstanding Citizen Scholarship

** The deadline has been officially extended to May 1, 2016. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS THROUGH EMAIL: **


We believe that communities are made strong through the work of individuals. His past work as an administrative law judge and current role as a defense attorney has brought him face-to-face with thousands of people, each of whom has a unique and appreciable story to tell.

The glamorous life of a big-city lawyer can be appealing, but we have chosen a path of service, overseeing justice at the personal level. His recognition of the importance that a single person can have fuels his desire to empower individuals who make themselves known through incredible acts of community service and duty. We are honored to assist such individuals, and contribute to their educational aims.

The Outstanding Citizen Scholarship and Essay Contest aims to give demonstrated community leaders and dedicated citizens an opportunity to purse the education that will inform and better their causes. We are proud to sponsor discussion on the topic of good citizenship, as well as to offer educational benefits to those individuals who demonstrate that they are outstanding citizens.

This essay contest and the $500 scholarship associated with it are open to individuals throughout the U.S. who are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution during 2016-2017 school year.

Criteria for Eligibility and Selection

Those eligible for the Outstanding Citizen Scholarship essay contest must comply with the following criteria:

  • All candidates must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll by Fall 2016 into an accredited post-secondary program, which includes: community colleges, private or public undergraduate colleges and universities, private or public graduate degree programs, law programs, and business programs. If the essay contest winner cannot provide evidence of enrollment at the time of scholarship disbursement, a new winner will be selected.
  • All candidates have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • All candidates must possess a proven commitment to citizenry, as demonstrated by their essay and resumé.

Application Criteria

A submission is considered “complete” when it includes:

  • An updated resumé that includes academic, professional, and volunteer experiences with a focus on community service and citizenry.
  • A 500-word essay that answers the following question: What is one of the most important ways an individual can serve her or his community, and how have you served your community in this way?
  • A current official academic transcript indicating that the candidate’s cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or greater. (Note: applicants who cannot furnish an official transcript from their current institution may submit both an unofficial transcript from their current place of learning, as well as an official transcript from the last school he or she attended.)
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your great work on a community service project.
  • This cover sheet (opens in PDF).

The winner of the Outstanding Citizen Scholarship Essay Contest will be announced later in the year.

Deadline and Submissions Information

Candidates must submit their complete application (including the essay, resumé, and official transcript) by U.S. mail or fax. The official deadline for this scholarship essay contest is May 1, 2016. All candidates should address their fax or mail submissions to:

Outstanding Citizen Scholarship
5052 Dorsey Hall Dr
Suite 202
Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
Fax: 202-664-1331 If you have any questions, please email