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Scholarship Application Deadline

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm



Deadline: Saturday April 1, 2023, 5:00PM EST (17:00)

e-mailing FCBAcommunityfund@gmail.com

The Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund is proud to announce that it will be awarding two (2) Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00, for deserving high school students in Franklin County. The scholarships honor Thomas W. Merrigan who was a zealous legal advocate, writer, and believer in the importance of education.

The Scholarship Committee will be considering academic and personal achievement and the quality of the essay.

The essay prompt is reflective of the 2023 American Bar Association Law Day theme:

“Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.” We invite all the people of the United States to join us in rebuilding trust in our institutions, respect for one another, and our willingness to collaborate to address the challenges that face our nation.

In order for your submission to be considered, this application and all required documents must be completed and postmarked by March 25, 2023, or emailed by 5PM on April 1, 2023. Please type or print clearly, in black ink. You may answer the questions on a separate piece of paper. You may send the application electronically or by mail. If the response is handwritten, please submit a scanned copy electronically as well.

This year’s scholarship winners will be special guests at the annual Law Day Celebration on Monday May 1, 2023 at 10AM in the Jury Pool Room at the Franklin County Courthouse where they will receive their awards and be given a Photo Opportunity with our local Senator Jo Comerford, current U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson and Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan.


Deadline: Saturday April 1, 2023, 5:00PM EST (17:00) e-mailing FCBAcommunityfund@gmail.com

  1. Minimum Requirements - Student must be a high school senior who is a resident of Franklin County and/or is currently attending high school in Franklin County with plans to further their post-secondary education. Please note that Applicants cannot be children of Franklin County Bar Association Members.

  1. Student Information:
    1. Name (Last, First, Middle Initial):
    2. Home Address:
    3. Telephone:
    4. Email:
    5. Name of High School:
    6. Address of High School:
    7. Date of Graduation:
  2. Transcript (optional): Please send a copy of your transcript, (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).

  1. Community Service(optional): Please describe any community service that you have done.

  1. Extracurricular Activities(optional): Please list your extracurricular activities, (this includes sports, clubs, internships, hobbies, and work experience).

  1. College/University (optional): Please state the college or university that you plan to attend next year.

  1. Essay: In a separate attachment (word or pdf), please submit a 3 – 5 page, double spaced essay in response to the following prompt:

With a focus on Civics, Civility, and Collaboration: what can individuals in the United States do to rebuild trust in our institutions, encourage respect for one another, and what collaborative measures can be proposed to help address the challenges that face our nation?
Additionally, is there an effective way to gage progress made?

For more information on the source for the essay topic please visit the American Bar Association’s web page at:


Deadline: Saturday April 1, 2023, 5:00PM EST (17:00) e-mailing FCBAcommunityfund@gmail.com