OptimizeMyFirm Scholarship for Students

Welcome to the OptimizeMyFirm Law Firm Scholarship.

Two students will be awarded $500; (nonrenewable).

June 4 Update: The 2021 recipients have been selected and notified. Thank you to everyone who entered.


In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must be planning on attending an accredited United States college or university in 2021. This is open to high school seniors who have a 3.0 GPA or higher who have a physical disability. To apply, please include a short essay and your info as requested below.

The Essay:

Let’s get creative!

No matter what you choose to study or what career path you take, it is important to be able to think creatively and express your ideas. As such, you should be able to tell an engaging story that quickly captures your audience’s attention and leaves them motivated and encouraged.

In 250 words or less, write a creative short story about a dog who goes to law school. Your story should be engaging.  The tone should reflect your personality. It can be funny, sweet, and/or sophisticated. End the story with a motivating and/or encouraging message.

Essays will be assessed based on

  1. Originality
  2. Spelling and grammar
  3. Story flow
  4. Motivational quality

How to Apply:

Please include your essay or a link to your creation along with the following information and email it to optimizemyfirm [at] gmail.com.

  1. Name (First & last)
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Address
  5. Birthdate
  6. Current High School
  7. College you plan on attending
  8. Degree you are seeking
  9. Current GPA (cumulative)
  10. How did you hear about this scholarship?

Privacy Policy:
OptimizeMyFirm.com has a Privacy Policy for all applicant’s submissions. These submissions will be exclusively for our internal use and no third parties will be given access to applications. At the time of the deadline, we will evaluate all submissions and contact the selected applicant. We will send a certificate of award to the selected student. We will post your picture on this website along with your essay or other creation! Then a check will be issued.

2021’s Winner:

Aloha, Hepua!

The 2021 scholarship was a fun one. It asked for applicants to write a creative, quick story about a dog who goes to law school. Hepua’s story about Scrappy the Chihuahua was excellent. Scrappy went to William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and became a Pit Bull rights activist! Way to go, Scrappy!

2020’s Winner:

Congratulations Trevor!

The 2020 scholarship asked for applicants to write a 500-word article or produce a video with a unique idea on how to market a personal injury law firm. Some applicants mentioned community involvement, which is indeed a great idea that shouldn’t be overlooked. However, Trevor’s idea was the first and only idea that utilized a physical product people could use. It’s one a law firm could give away cheaply, and it’s a product people could use after an injury.

You can read more about Trevor’s idea here: Marketing personal injury law firms with first aid kits.

This was our first year running this scholarship and the response was overwhelming. We had a lot of really great ideas. To be honest, we felt really bad we couldn’t give away 200 scholarships, as there were so many great ideas. There were many excellent submissions, essays, and videos. We’re going to have to put a lot more thought into 2021’s scholarship. If you applied in 2020 and would like to apply again next year, please save this page and revisit it again!