2023 MCBA Scholarship Program

Scholarship Sponsors:  Jack Sobel -Donaldson & Weston / TD Bank / Martin County Bar Association

 Criteria:  2023 Martin County School District graduating High School Senior; Minimum GPE:  3.0 unweighted; Standard school application plus a 1,000 – 2,500-word essay in response to the following:

Section 1 of the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution states:

"nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property,without due process of law; nor deny to any person within itsjurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." 

Section 5 of the 14th amendment states:

"The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriatelegislation, the provisions of this article.

"Do you believe the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution creates and protects:

(i)    a right to have an abortion; and

(ii)   a right for members of the same sex to be legally married? 

Please explain the basis for why you believe one way or the other.

Scholarships will be given to the most qualified candidate(s) regardless of school of graduation, financial need or career aspirations; funds will be paid for fees associated with college attendance and paid directly to the institution.

Awards: $4,000 for one student, $2,000 for one student and $1,500 for one student.  These are one-time awards to be collected by June 30, 2023.

Form: Standard School Application Form plus a 1,000 – 2,500 word essay responding to the topic above.

Region:  Martin County – public or private schools

Evaluation Process:  The MCBA Scholarship Committee will review the essay from each qualified application.  All student identifying information will be redacted and the application assigned an ID # as means of identification for scoring purposes. 

Evaluators will score each essay on four criteria: 

    1. Persuasiveness of the argument;
    2. Quality and use of logic, facts, examples, and/or expert opinion;
    3. Quality and accuracy of the writing and
    4. Overall quality of the essay.

Essay Submission DeadlineDecember 1, 2022