It’s Time to Ride Into the Future (With Our 2019 Scholarship)
Last year, Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., had a blast putting on a scholarship. We read almost 500 essays, and really love the guys we chose as our winners. In fact, we still keep in touch with them—see our update below!
Well, it’s our fourth year offering a $500 prize to one outstanding student from New Jersey. The 2019 Riding Into The Future Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students who have a 3.0 GPA and intend to “stay in school.”
Both Gabe Lependorf and David Silverstein, Princeton personal injury lawyers and your hosts for this scholarship, went to school in NJ, and we want to reward ambitious, hometown scholars who are seeking higher education.
We ask that you write a short essay between 500-1,000 words on this subject:
There’s no mountain too high to be climbed, or race too long to be run. We love being active in our spare time outside of the office, and never back down from a challenge. In life, lots of things may seem insurmountable at first, but with hard work, a plan, and a little courage, you can do the impossible. Please tell us about your greatest personal achievement; something difficult that you overcame. How can you apply the same lessons you learned to other challenges in life?
Ready – set – go!
The deadline to apply is May 2, 2019, and we’ll be announcing our winner on May 30, 2019. Please check our blog and Facebook page for updates, and share this opportunity with every New Jersey student you know! Best of luck, everyone!
What’s Our Last Winner Up To?
We were ecstatic to hear from Te’Zhuen W. in January of 2019. He let us know how he was doing after one jam-packed semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Brace yourselves, because this young man is a go-getter. He…
- Joined Berklee’s online radio station (and became a certified DJ).
- Won the presidency of his dorm’s Hall Council.
- Was awarded an “Emerging Leader” certificate for his participation in Berklee’s Student Leadership Program.
- Finished the semester with a 3.8 GPA (out of 8 classes, had only one “B”!).
- Participated in four different ensembles (the Afro-Cuban Pop Ensemble, Tia Fuller’s Rainbow Big Band, the T-Pain Ensemble, and a newly formed band named The Deacons).
- Had his first-ever paid gig as a member of the T-Pain Ensemble, performing at a club in Cambridge called “The Middle East.”
- Was hired as a songwriter for a company called Songfinch.
As a rapper/lyricist, Te’Zhuen has worked hard to embody the qualities he finds attractive in music. To that end, he’s collaborated with eight different people on various projects, and had many offers coming in! In addition, he successfully auditioned for an organization called We Are Berklee, will be featured as a showcased performer in a BPC (Berklee Performance Center) show, and will be in a music video posted to Berklee’s official YouTube Channel.
We’ll leave you with some parting words from Te’Zhuen:
“The past four months have been absolutely incredible. I’ve grown so much as a musician and as a human being. I hunger for knowledge, so I appreciate everything I’m learning. The most surprising part about my education is what I am learning about myself. Berklee has afforded me the chance to gain what society desperately needs: perspective. I’ve never felt so at peace with my abilities and who I am. The amount of experience I’ve gained makes me feel like I’ve been at Berklee for a year. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a semester! I am beyond excited to go back to school.”
We can’t wait to hear from him again! We expect great things from all our scholarship winners, and it’s so nice to hear how they’re doing. Will you be one this year? Apply today!
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