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Deadline: Saturday April 1, 2024, 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:

The 2024 Law Day theme “Voices of Democracy” recognizes that in democracies, the people rule. For nearly 250 years, Americans have expressed their political views and wishes by speaking their minds and voting in elections. In 2024, the United States will hold its 60th presidential election, and Americans will address fundamental questions about democracy and the rule of law.

A. Minimum Requirements- Student must be:

A high school senior who is a resident of Franklin County and 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.

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 response handwritten please submit a scanned copy electronically as well.

B. 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:

C. Transcript: Please send a copy of your transcript, (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).

D. Community Service: Please describe any community service that you have done.

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

F. College/University: Please state the college or university that you plan to attend next year.

G. 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 Voices of Democracy: Why is it important that our Constitution can be changed? In your opinion, when in our nation’s history has constitutional change been most critical?

For more information on the source for the essay topic please visit the American Bar Association’s web page at: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/law-day/

For more information on the Franklin County Bar Association and the Franklin County bar Association Community Fund please visit our web page at: /

For other questions, or technical issues, please contact:

Widon Scott

Executive Administrator

Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund