The Berkowitz & Myer $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest

The legal professionals at Berkowitz & Myer realize that education is the foundation to a successful career, but may not be financially feasible for students and their families.  For this reason, Berkowitz & Myer is proud to announce an annual $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest.


The 2018 Essay Topic:

To participate in the contest, applicants should write a 600-word essay answering the following question:

Currently, under the Federal Bankruptcy Code, federal student loans are almost never eligible for discharge. Explain the pro’s and cons’s of whether Congress should change the Federal Bankruptcy Code to allow these loans to be discharged. Then, take a position and explain why you think federal student loans should or should not be allowed to be discharged in bankruptcy, like other unsecured debts (i.e. credit cards, medical bills, etc..).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be planning to enroll in an accredited United States College or University during the 2018-2019 academic year.


How to Apply

People who wish to participate should send their essay as an attachment in an email to by January 15, 2019 9 AM EST. In the body of the email, applicants should include the following information:

  • Your name and phone number
  • If you are under 18, contact information for your parents
  • The name of the school you are attending or planning on attending
  • Your current course of study
  • The best way to contact you

Once the application period has ended, our scholarship committee will review the essays and choose a winner by January 31, 2019. The winner will be chosen considering the following factors:

  • Originality
  • Responsiveness to the question asked
  • The quality of the writing
  • The substantive content of the response


All personal information collected from scholarship applicants will be used only for the purpose of awarding the scholarship. No personal information be distributed, sold or provided to third parties.

By submitting your essay, you are giving permission for Berkowitz & Myer, to use name or essay on our website, newsletter, or other social media channels, if selected as the winner. Only one winner will be selected. In the event that the winner fails to respond to the notification within 7 business days, the winner’s prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected. The prize will be issued in the name of an accredited college or university of a winner’s choice and can be used towards any fees and/or expenses associated with the winner’s education.

The winner’s check will be issued to directly to the student’s college or university.

Congratulations to our 2017 winner, Van Schuler!


Contact Berkowitz & Myer for More Information

Berkowitz & Myer is a Saint Petersburg Law Firm that focuses on representing with legal needs related to bankruptcy, personal injury, car accidents and creditor harassment. To contact our law firm, please fill out and submit the contact form available here, or call our office today at 727-344-0123.

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