Since 1980, college costs have risen exponentially compared to wage growth in the U.S., according to the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). Wages have largely kept pace with inflation, which is good. But college tuition and fees have increased at an alarming rate.
The College Board reported the average tuition and fees tripled at public four-year universities between the 1989-90 and 2019-20 school years. The cost of attendance more than doubled at public two-year and private non-profit four-year institutions. The truth is clear: Most students cannot afford to pay for school without receiving scholarships and grants or taking on sizeable debt.
At Menzer Law Firm, we know the value of an education. We would not be able to serve our community the way we do now without having gone to undergraduate universities and law schools. We have faced our own financial struggles with student debt, and we recognize students now face even harder choices.
Many students feel forced into taking on debt to get through college. As of 2019, 44.7 million borrowers owed $1.56 trillion in student loan debt, Forbes reported. The student loan crisis is a major topic in the current presidential election cycle.
We cannot predict what the future will hold for U.S. college students. But at Menzer Law Firm, we believe in doing our part. We want to provide a deserving student a scholarship that will help them cover some of their tuition and fees, and reduce their debt obligations.
That is why we are offering the Support the Community Scholarship to a student who has helped their community by volunteering for a non-profit in Washington.
About the Menzer Law Firm Support the Community Scholarship
Menzer Law Firm is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a current or prospective higher education student who has recently volunteered with a non-profit in their community. The tuition is payable directly to the winner’s accredited college, university, or trade school and is for tuition and fees only.
The firm also will make a $1000 donation to the non-profit where the scholarship recipient volunteered their time.
“We want to use this scholarship to help the community in two ways,” said Matt Menzer. “First, by supporting a Washington student’s pursuit of higher education. We know how important yet challenging it can be to go to college or obtain career training after high school. Second, by supporting a non-profit’s mission. We know so many Washington residents rely on non-profits, yet these organizations have a hard time obtaining funding.”
Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to receive the Support the Community Scholarship, you must:
- Be a current Freshman or Sophomore undergraduate or a high school Senior who has accepted admission and will be attending a university, college, community college, or trade school in the fall of 2020;
- Academic achievement as reflected by a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; and
- Applicant must have volunteered at a Washington 501©(3) non-profit in 2019 or 2020
How to Apply
To apply for the Support the Community Scholarship, complete the application form, which asks about your academic and volunteer history. You must also submit an official high school or undergraduate transcript, and, if you are applying as a high school senior, your acceptance letter from the accredited college, university, or trade school.
You must provide an essay up to three pages long describing your volunteer experience at a non-profit in your community. The essay should focus on how the experience shaped or influenced your values or impacted your pursuit of higher education.
Applicants should email completed materials and any questions to [email protected]. All materials should be in PDF format. Please do not call the office with questions.
The deadline for the scholarship application is June 30, 2020.
Menzer Law Firm will notify the scholarship winner in July 2020, and the funds will be available for the fall 2020 semester.
Overview of Scholarship Application Materials
You must provide in PDF format:
- Completed application form
- Official high school or college transcript
- Copy of acceptance letter from an accredited college, university, or trade school
- One to three-page typed essay
About Menzer Law Firm
Matt Menzer launched Menzer Law Firm in Seattle, WA, in 2002. The firm includes attorneys JohnDavid Toren, and Philip Lowenthal and staff members Will Troy and Ashely Hutchinson. Together, they fight hard for individuals who have been injured or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. As attorneys who specialize in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice, they help families in the community receive the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.
“We are dedicated to helping the people of the State of Washington, and we don’t wait for something to go wrong to be of service,” said Matt Menzer. “We want to help create strong, safe, healthy, and productive communities in Washington. We hope our Support the Community Scholarship will further that goal.”
Applications must be completed and delivered to [email protected] by June 30, 2020.