Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law, a personal injury lawyer located in Biloxi, Mississippi, is offering a once-yearly $1,000 scholarship to students who are currently attending or plan to attend their first year of college or graduate school in the upcoming fall semester. Corban Gunn believes that by helping students overcome the increased costs of attending college, our world can become a brighter place for today’s generation and all future generations.
Our law office first began the scholarship in Fall 2017 and were humbled by its success. Since then, we’ve continued it every year.
The current open submission period is for Fall 2021. Applications are due by Friday, July 16th 2021.
The cutoff time for applications is 11:59 PM EST.
Scholarship Details and Guidelines
- Students can be attending or planning to attend any college or graduate school in the United States.
- To receive scholarship funds, you must be living in the United States (with a U.S. mailing address) at the time of the scholarship’s due date.
- All applicants must be attending or plan on attending for their first year.
- Transfer students may also apply, given they are starting their first year at the new university.
- As proof of your first-year status, you will need to submit a digital copy (PDF, JPG, or PNG) of your acceptance letter—complete with the college letterhead—from that college. If you do not have your letter, we also accept other forms of proof, including an email from the college stating you’ve been accepted for your first year, digital transcripts, or a screencap of your first course load.
To apply, you’ll need to submit a 500+ word essay on the following topic:
What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable?
Once the application period closes, Corban will determine a winner based on the following factors: feasibility, creativity, and the applicant’s level of knowledge in the topic as well as their ability to write a well-crafted essay.
By submitting your essay to us, you agree that your essay may be featured on our blog. We will publish the winning essay.
To submit your application and essay, email us the completed essay, digital proof of your first-year status (see above), and some brief information about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the body of your email, you MUST include your name, address, phone number, and the name of your current/planned school. Feel free to include a brief paragraph telling us about yourself and your career-related goals, but this part doesn’t need to be very long or detailed. You can also include a photo if you wish.
The essay MUST be attached as either a .DOCX or .PDF. Please adhere to MLA formatting guidelines (12 pt. font, Times New Roman or another easily-legible font, double-spacing, etc.) when submitting your essay to us. Please cite any sources used.
Your subject line in your email MUST start with your name then be followed by “Fall 2021 Scholarship” (Example: Marty McFly Fall 2021 Scholarship”)
Other rules to note:
- Please attach all of your documentation to a single email containing everything you need to enter. Check that all information is correct before sending.
- Please write about our chosen topic. We will ignore essays that don’t have anything to do with the topic.
- We will NOT be replying to most emails we receive. We simply get far too many. Please don’t send follow-up emails asking if we’ve received yours.
- Please read this page carefully and follow all the steps. We will not have time to answer most questions that get sent to us.
- Proofread everything before sending!
Failing to follow the above instructions may disqualify your application.
Send all applications to email@example.com. We look forward to reading your applications and essays!
List of Past Winners
Fall 2017: Andrew W. Muggleton of Pennsylvania – Read Andrew’s essay here
Spring 2018: Rebecca Carlson of North Carolina – Read Rebecca’s essay here
Fall 2018: Maly Sears of Missouri – Read Maly’s essay here
Fall 2019: Rebecca Fadler of Michigan – Read Rebecca’s essay here
Fall 2020: Victoria Crynes of Oklahoma – Read Victoria’s essay here